School of Nursing Mourns Faculty Member

Jul. 11, 2013

Services for Professor Philip Xu

Services for nursing professor Yu “Philip” Xu are set for Saturday, July 20, at Palm Eastern Mortuary & Cemetery, 7600 S. Eastern Ave. Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by the funeral at 3. Xu, who had taught at UNLV since 2005, died July 9 following a long battle with cancer.

A message from School of Nursing Dean Carolyn Yucha

I regret to inform you that Nursing Professor Philip Xu passed away on July 9, 2013 after a long battle with cancer.  Dr. Yu (Philip) Xu has been a highly esteemed Professor in the UNLV School of Nursing since 2005.

He embodied the role of academic scholar in every sense. His passion for the cultural enlightenment of health care workers as a prerequisite to high quality patient care transcended his research, teaching and service. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was internationally known as a cultural competence expert whose expertise was sought to chair national grant review boards, collaborate with research colleagues across disciplines, and consult with health care organizations.

Dr. Xu authored hundreds of scholarly articles in nursing and health care journals about cultural competence, foreign nurse assimilation, and health care status of minority populations. He immersed himself into his teaching and provided highly rigorous courses to master and doctoral level students. He infused role modeling and mentoring into every aspect of his work. Students and colleagues across the country continue to benefit from his compassionate guidance in their lives. Dr. Xu will be greatly missed, but his influence on developing a culturally competent health care workforce and being a genuine academic scholar will impact many generations to come.

Gifts in memory of Yu Xu may be given to the UNLV Foundation for the School of Nursing Scholarship Fund. Checks may be issued to the UNLV Foundation and sent to:  UNLV Foundation, 4505 Maryland Parkway Box 451006, Las Vegas, NV  89154-1006.  Donors should note that the gift is in memory of Yu Xu, either in the memo line or in a note accompanying the donation.  

Gifts can also be made online.  Once the link is clicked, select School of Nursing from the list of colleges, schools and programs.   Please add the amount of the gift you wish to make. At the designation, please select "School of Nursing General." At the tribute section at the bottom of the page, please add "Yu Xu" as the honoree.

We will miss him and his contributions to UNLV and the nursing profession.