Three complete hospice nurse residency

  • Kristen Ishii hugs Mayor Mitch Roth after receiving her certificate for graduating from Hawaii's first hospice nurse residency program at Hawaii Care Choices in Hilo on Monday. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Hawaii Care Choices CEO Brenda S. Ho talks about the need for the hospice nurse residency program during the first graduation in Hilo on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021.

  • Lauren Overbay gives a speech after receiving her certificate for graduating from the first hospice nurse residency program in Hawaii at Hawaii Care Choices in Hilo on Monday as fellow graduate Kristen Ishii looks on. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Helene Andrews, Clinical Director of Hawaii Care Choices, gives a speech during the first graduation for the hospice nurse residency program at Hawaii Care Choices in Hilo on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Kristen Ishii looks to the crowd before the graduation ceremony for Hawaii's first hospice nurse residency program at Hawaii Care Choices in Hilo on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Kristen Ishii gives a speech after receiving her certificate for graduating from the first hospice nurse residency program in Hawaii at Hawaii Care Choices in Hilo on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021.

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