Student Spotlight: Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson
Jan. 5, 2012

Editor's note: Michael Johnson is now a lecturer for the School of Nursing.

Recent master’s degree recipient Michael Johnson was named the School of Nursing’s outstanding graduate for the fall semester.

Johnson was also one of just five students honored as a UNLV Outstanding Graduate at the December commencement. He earned his master’s degree in nursing with a 3.9 GPA.

Johnson now plans to pursue his doctorate in nursing and was hired to teach clinical courses in mental health at UNLV this spring.

Johnson’s master’s thesis made a significant contribution to research on one of the most underserved populations in any nursing setting -- the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. His thesis is being considered for publication in the academic journal “Advances in Nursing Sciences.”

“There’s a lot of stigma still attached to the gay/lesbian/transgender community, and they may not be receiving the same quality of care as other patients,” Johnson said. “This population is more susceptible to health disparities such as depression, suicide and risky sexual behaviors.”

Johnson said he strives to shed light on improving the healthcare of underserved populations through teaching and research.

Johnson also works as a pediatric critical care nurse who specializes in nephrology.