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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.

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.

Equipment for Warfighter Casualty Care and Management Research

Principal Investigator: Barbara St. Pierre Schneider, DNSc, RN

Funding Agency: Department of the Army – Material Command

Amount Awarded: $444,000

Period: 02/01/14-07/31/15

Goal: To purchase a combined cell sorter/flow cytometer to enhance UNLV’s research capabilities to achieve the goal of increasing casualty survival and UNLV’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program.

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.

Clinical and Translational research Infrastructure network IDeA-CTR

Principal Investigator: Robert Langer, MD, MPH

Director (CREMCaD): Jillian Inouye, APRN, PhD, FAAN

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Amount Awarded: $19,500,000

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

Goals: To provide infrastructure and centralized services in support of 13 Mountain West partner universities that have successful programs in basic science but little or no tradition or capacity in clinical or translational research.

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


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.