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The School of Nursing promotes, improves, and sustains human health through evidence-based education and advances in research and practice.

Nursing Faculty are involved in a variety of research projects, publications and presentations. Nursing students work alongside faculty to bring new and innovative ideas into fruition.

Below, explore the School of Nursing's active grants.

The Effect of Hypobaria on Muscle Inflammation and Regeneration after Injury and Hemorrhagic Shock

Principal Investigator: Barbara St. Pierre Schneider

Amount Awarded: $5,558,801

Period:07/20/16 - 07/19/20

Goals: (a) To establish a combat casualty/en route care experimental model that incorporates lower extremity muscle injury and hemorrhagic shock with fluid resuscitation and simulates the hypobaria exposure of air transport from the Pacific theater to the United States; (b) To test the effect of 16-hour hypobaria exposure on leukocyte characteristics, function, and related genes responsive to muscle injury in a combat casualty/en route care experimental model.; and (c) To test the effect of 16-hour hypobaria exposure on muscle regenerative processes and functional properties in a combat casualty/en route care experimental model.

Association of Proteins Expression and Fatigue Intensification in Childhood Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy

Principal Investigator: Nada Lukkahatai, PhD MSN RN

Funding Agency: UNLV School of Nursing Intramural Grant

Amount Awarded: $5,000


Goals: To investigate the relationships among fatigue intensification during the chemotherapy and the expression of the serum level of apolipoprotein E, apolipoprotein A1 and Transthyletin.

Physical Function and Dietary Consumption of Fruit and Vegetable as Mediators to Acculturation Among Hypertensive Filipino Americans

Principal Investigator: Reimund Serafica, PhD, MSN, RN

Co-Investigator: Alona Angosta, PhD, APRN, FNP, NP-C

Funding Agency: UNLV School of Nursing Intramural Grant

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period: 09/08/14-09/08/16

Goals: To (1) examine whether level of acculturation is a predictor of anthropometric measurements in Filipino Americans; and (2) examine whether physical function and dietary consumption of fruits and vegetables mediate the effect of acculturation on anthropometric measurements in Filipino Americans with HTN.

Association of the Heat Shock Protein and Symptom Burden in FMS

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Kawi, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE

Co-Investigator: Nada Lukkahatai, PhD, MSN, RN

Funding Agency: UNLV School of Nursing Intramural Grant

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period: 03/01/2015–02/01/2017

Goals: This study was guided by the following specific aims: (1) To examine the associations between plasma HPS90AA1 levels and various symptoms (pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and cognitive dysfunction) among adults with FMS and (2) To investigate the difference in HPS90AA1 levels among FMS adults with high and low pain intensity. The broad long-term objective for this proposed study is toward evaluation of HPS90AA1 as a potential biomarker and interventional target in FMS and other conditions involving chronic pain in a future extramural funding.

Management intervention using wearable technology to promote weight loss among adolescents

Principal Investigator: Diane Thomason, PhD, MN, RN

Funding Agency: UNLV School of Nursing Intramural Grant

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period: 04/01/2015–04/30/2017

Goals: The goal of this randomized control pilot study is to improve healthy lifestyle behaviors and SM skills in underserved adolescents aged 13-18 to decrease overweight/obesity. The immediate objective is to test an EWD, the Fitbit Flex® wristband, and its associated PA and nutrition applications for Smartphones, in conjunction with SM education on the effects of SM for weight loss, PA and nutritional self-efficacy.

The Feasibility of Using Social Media for Dietary Self-Management in Vulnerable Population

Principal Investigator: Reimund Serafica, PhD, MSN, RN

Funding Agency: UNLV School of Nursing Intramural Grant

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period: 12/01/2015–11/31/2017

Goals: To test the feasibility of using social media as a platform in promoting dietary self-management and lifestyle intervention among first generation immigrants.

Effects of Complementary Medical Interventions on Symptom Management and Family Satisfaction of Hospice Care

Co-Principal Investigator: Catherine Dingley, PhD, RN, FNP

Co-Principal Investigator: Abbie Kirkendall, PhD (UNLV School of Social Work)

Funding Agency: UNLV Faculty Opportunity Award

Amount Awarded: $28,024

Period: 7/1/16 – 12/31/17

Goals: To (1) determine the influence of complementary therapies on family satisfaction with the quality of hospice care and management of patient symptoms; and (2) explore family caregivers’ perspectives on the use and effects of complementary medical therapies provided during hospice care.

Improving Chronic Illness Management with the Crow Nation: The Baaniilaa Project

Principal Investigator: Jillian Inouye, PhD, APRN, FAAN

Co-Investigator: Du Feng, PhD

Funding Agency: UNLV (Sub-award through Montana State University, National Institutes of Health, NIMHD U01)

Amount Awarded: $159,294

Period: 7/1/16 – 3/31/21

Goals: To (1) assist in community participation in research, grant management, design of interventions, consulting on minority issues, and dissemination efforts; and (2) assist with research design, statistical analyses of data collected for this project, including data screening, preliminary analyses, and random coefficient modeling for hypothesis testing, as well as dissemination of research findings.

Influence of Epigenomics on Pain Impact and Relevant Variables in Nonspecific Chronic Low Back Pain

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Kawi, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE

Funding Agency: American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Amount Awarded: $2,500

Period: 06/1/16 – 12/31/17

Goals: To (1) evaluate the associations between epigenomic alterations (i.e., global Deoxyribonucleic Acid [DNA] methylation) and pain impact among adult females with nonspecific chronic low back pain (cLBP); (2) identify contributions of behavioral risk factors (exercise and smoking) to epigenomic alterations among individuals with cLBP; and (3) explain the relationships between epigenomic alterations and biomedical risk factors (Basal Metabolic Index [BMI] and opioid use) in cLBP.

A Computational Model of White Blood Cell Phenotypic Changes During Muscle Recovery

Principal Investigator: Barbara St. Pierre Schneider, PhD, RN, CNE

Co-Investigators: Emma Regentova, PhD (UNLV College of Engineering) & Mei Yang, PhD (UNLV College of Engineering)

Funding Agency: UNLV Faculty Opportunity Award

Amount Awarded: $29,818

Period: 7/1/16 – 12/31/17

Goals: The long-term goal of this project is to develop a computational model that can predict how hormones and other biological substances, drugs, or environmental factors will affect the response of white blood cells during muscle recovery.