Alumnus Zachary Drury

Using Community As a Tool for Professional Success

Shortly after his graduation, where he served as the undergraduate valedictory speaker, HPU alumnus Zachary Drury (BSN ’15) accepted a clinical nursing position in the Surgical Oncology Intensive Care Unit of the University of Utah.

With his skills, critical thinking, and love for the profession cultivated at HPU, Drury has been able to author two policies, prepare a nurse-driven research project, complete a critical care certification, and participate as an elected member of the clinical practice committee for his unit. 

Drury attributes his professional success and work preparedness directly to his HPU experience, where he learned “kindness, unity, and diversity,” through the many opportunities offered, culminating in a firm understanding that leaders are “ready to generate change in all settings.” 

As a Hawai‘i Pacific University alumnus, Drury’s education was extremely diverse. Through his curriculum, Drury was able to care for critically ill patients in one of the state’s best trauma units, engage with Kupuna, or elders, for gerontology, and teach water aerobics classes along the west coast of O‘ahu. These are just a few of the many examples of experiential learning opportunities offered at HPU.

Using Community As a Tool for Professional Success