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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.

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.

Potential Impact of Homelessness on Water Quality

Principal Investigator: Nancy Menzel, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, CPH, CNE

Co-Investigator: Daniel Gerrity, PhD (UNLV College of Engineering) & Jacimaria Batista, PE (UNLV College of Engineering)

Funding Agency: Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) - National Institute of General Medical Sciences (5 U54 GM104944)

Amount Awarded: $13,619

Period: 12/15/2015–06/30/2016

Goals: The goals are to conduct an expanded sampling campaign at sites above and below homeless encampments along the Wash; and identify and quantify bacterial species unique to human-derived fecal contamination (i.e., human-specific markers).

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.

The Energy Expenditure of a Culturally Relevant Folkloric Dance: Tinikling

Principal Investigator: Alona D. Angosta, PhD, APRN, FNP, NP-C

Co-Investigator: Dr. Daniel Heil, PhD (Montana State University) & Dr. Rhigel Alforque-Tan, DNP, APRN, GNP, ANP (UNLVSON)

Funding Agency: UNLV School of Nursing Intramural Grant

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period:04/29/2015 – 03/10/2016

Goals:To determine the energy requirements of a culturally relevant physical activity in Filipino Americans and propose this activity to positively impact cardiovascular risk factors. The investigators would like to equate this unique form of physical activity to other common forms of activity, such as walking and jogging, in a commonly accepted unit of energy expenditure intensity (i.e., metabolic intensity). Accomplishing this goal would allow the investigators to track more precisely the amount and intensity of activity being performed by the participants in a future intervention study. The specific aims of this study are to directly evaluate the energy cost of Tinikling using a portable metabolic measurement system and relate these findings to the current American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for physical activity in healthy Filipino American adults.