Angela Amar Begins Role as Dean of Nursing

Jan. 2, 2018

Angela Amar, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, started 2018 as dean for UNLV School of Nursing, responsible for overseeing more than 50 faculty and staff members, as well as seven undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs that educate nearly 300 students each year.

Prior to joining UNLV, Amar served as associate dean for undergraduate studies and chief diversity officer of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta where she led all undergraduate programs, including pre-nursing courses and accelerated programs, for over 500 students. During her tenure, Amar redesigned the school’s undergraduate curriculum to include courses in population health, ambulatory care, and palliative care; and grew pre-requisite courses that enroll an additional 250 students each year. She also led changes that helped improve pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) from 77 percent to 96 percent.

Amar’s clinical specialties are adult mental health and forensic nursing. She has dedicated her career to enhancing diversity in nursing leadership and to improving care and support for survivors of violence and trauma when they enter the health care system. Her research focuses on preventing dating violence and violence against women, which has been funded by multiple government agencies and foundations. Her work has appeared in more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. During 2016, Amar received book-of-the-year honors from the American Journal of Nursing for A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing, which she co-authored.

As dean of the UNLV School of Nursing, Amar said that she plans to continue advancing programs that promote evidence-based practice and lifelong learning, foster leadership, and increase diversity within the profession.

“Nursing education is fundamental to improving the access to and quality of health care,” Amar said. “As our nation’s demographics shift, providing a pathway for lifelong learning and opportunities for seamless transition to higher degree programs will be essential to helping nurses meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population, function as leaders, and advance research. This is in perfect alignment with UNLV’s Top Tier goals. I look forward to working with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and School of Nursing leadership to advance the school’s community impact, education and top-notch clinical programs.”

Amar will replace Carolyn Yucha, who retired after leading the School of Nursing as its dean since 2004.