School of Nursing

Active Grants

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.

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Simulating Teamwork and Observation for Procedural Safety (STOPS)

Principal Investigator: Jessica Doolen, PhD

Funding Agency: UNLV School of Nursing Intramural Grant

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period: 11/01/12-10/31/14

Goals: To provide pilot feasibility data of an intensive training program for the development of “observation competency” and culture of safety enrichment in nurses and physicians as facilitated by a team approach to CVC insertion. Completion of this project will provide the basis to expand the project throughout a hospital system with incorporation of all medical and nursing staff.

Severity of Type 2 Diabetes, Cognition and Self-Care

Principal Investigator: Tricia Gatlin, PhD, RN

Funding Agency: UNLV School of Nursing Intramural Grant

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period: 08/01/13-07/31/15

Goals: To explore relationships among severity of type 2 diabetes, cognition, executive function and diabetes self-care in middle-age and older adults with type 2 diabetes while simultaneously testing a portion of Orem’s Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory.

Predictors of Effective Self-Management in Chronic Low Back Pain

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Kawi, PhD

Funding Agency: Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period: 02/01/13-12/31/14

Goal: To identify predictors of effective self-management in chronic low back pain. Second, the study will evaluate the differences in predictors between participants in primary care clinics versus specialty pain centers.

Self-Management and Self-Management Support on Chronic Low Back Pain in a Primary Care Setting

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Kawi

Funding Agency: School of Nursing Intramural Award

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period: 03/01/12-02/28/14

Goal: To evaluate the relationships of self-management, self-management support, and other pain related variables in patients with chronic low back pain in primary care, and described participants’ perceptions of their self-management, self-management support, and function.

Estrogen Effects after a Crush Muscle Injury and Acute Exposure to Hypobaric Hypoxia

Title: Estrogen Effects after a Crush Muscle Injury and Acute Exposure to Hypobaric Hypoxia

Funding Agency: Department of Defense

Amount Awarded: $2,263,979

Period: 08/23/10-02/22/14

Goal: To expand knowledge regarding the role of hypoxia in enhancing inflammatory responses in healing tissue. This improved understanding may result in the development of new therapies that expedite recovery after a crush muscle injury.

Effects of SS31 on Skeletal Muscle Crush Injury and Macrophage Infiltration

Project Director: Barbara St. Pierre Schneider, DNSc

Co-Investigator: Marianne Tejada, MSN, RN

Funding Agency: UNLV School of Nursing Intramural Grant

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period: 09/23/13-09/22/15

Goal: To describe the effects of the mitochondrial targeted antioxidant peptide, SS-31, which prevents free radical production and captures free radicals on crushed muscle damage and M2 macrophage infiltration into crushed muscle.

Nevada GEC Consortium 2010-2015

Co-Investigator: Susan VanBeuge

Funding Agency: HRSA

Amount Awarded: $385,000

Period: 07/01/10-06/30/15


  • Develop core and discipline-specific curricula in falls prevention and management across disciplines, establish interprofessional training opportunities in acute disease hospital(s) and ambulatory care, develop a model and self-sustaining interprofessional falls clinic, assess patient outcomes for individuals seen by the interprofessional trainees or teams, and develop and present four continuing education programs on falls prevention and management.
  • Develop a diabetes management training program for interdisciplinary faculty with emphasis on team/patient bidirectional communication, prevention of co-morbidities, and cultural sensitivity; develop an evaluation model for interprofessional team and patient management of co-morbidities; present three one-day diabetes management training programs annually using standardized patients as well as mannequins in the UNLV simulation center; and examine, modify, and disseminate interprofessional curricula that addresses chronic disease assessment and management of comorbidities among older people with diabetes.
  • Expand the student outreach clinic for older adults to incorporate additional disciplines.
  • Modify and expand the Scholars in Health Literacy and Aging program to include TUN and UNLV faculty, and offer nine geriatrics CME/CE trainings using the interactive video conferencing equipment.
  • Offer four CME/CE trainings on geriatric topics at Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center.
The Impact of Interactive Video Games on Underserved Children's Health

Principal Investigator: Du Feng, PhD

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (subcontract with Texas Tech University)

Amount Awarded: $45,650

Period: 07/01/13-06/30/15

Goals: This three year intervention and evaluation project aims to provide a better understanding of the long-term effectiveness of interactive video games on physical activity, multiple aspects of health-related fitness, gross motor skill competence and perceived competence.

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