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nursing Accomplishments

Oct 11, 2018
Rachell A. Ekroos (Nursing) was an invited speaker at the GLMA Nursing Summit this week. She was asked to share her expertise on the topic of sexual violence among LGBTQ+ populations and communities. Her presentation, titled “Responding to Sexual Violence Among LGBTQ+ Identifying Persons," provided context to achieve a shared understanding among audience members regarding the number of LGBTQ+ people affected by sexual violence, barriers to accessing specialized forensic medical services; assumptions about the person, their needs, and their experience of violence; and multidisciplinary interventions. Ekroos highlighted additional considerations for transgender persons seeking health care after experiencing sexual assault. The presentation was well received and provoked many conversations related to the context of services including health care, law enforcement, advocacy, and legal responses.   

Sep 21, 2018
Jennifer Kawi, Andrew Thomas Reyes, (both Nursing), and Rogelio A. Arenas (Anthropology) co-authored “Exploring Pain Management Among Asian Immigrants with Chronic Pain: Self-Management and Resilience," which is published online and will appear in the December issue of Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Arenas is a Ph.D. candidate.

Sep 19, 2018
Jessica Doolen (Nursing) co-authored an article, "An Integrative Review of Interprofessional Simulation in Nursing Education," which was published in Clinical Simulation in Nursing.

Sep 18, 2018
Tricia Gatlin and Marcia Clevesy (both Nursing), along with coauthor Kord Strebel, have written an article, "Is There a Relationship Between Gestational Diabetes and Perinatal Depression?" which appears in MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.

Sep 17, 2018
Barbara St. Pierre Schneider (Nursing) will be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in November in Washington, D.C. Schneider holds the Inaugural Research Professor of Nursing, funded by generous support from Dr. Tony Marlon. With more than $6 million in research funding and more than 50 publications, she is being recognized for an impressive research career on muscle injury and trauma. Fellowship in the academy is the highest honor of the profession. She joins other UNLV fellows, Catherine Dingley, Rachell Ekroos, Dean Emeritus Carolyn Yucha, and Angela Amar.

Sep 17, 2018
Angela Amar (Nursing) is the recipient of a $209,500 Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development award, Workforce Innovations for a New Nevada (WINN). This contract will provide training opportunities to develop the nursing and pipeline workforce on health information technology and telehealth.

Sep 6, 2018
Rachell Ekroos (Nursing) has been named a "healthcare hero" for 2018 by Nevada Business Magazine. Ekroos, who received the Humanitarian Healthcare Hero award, was one of 10 health professionals from Southern Nevada honored by the publication in categories ranging from educator, administrator, and care provider to community partner, humanitarian, and innovator. A diverse panel of judges chose the honorees from among hundreds of nominees. She received the award during a recognition ceremony this month and is the ninth School of Nursing professor to receive the award in 13 years. Other current faculty members who have received the award in the past are Lori Candela, Rhigel "Jay" Tan, Susan VanBeuge, and Jessica Doolen. An accomplished clinician, business woman, and entrepreneur, Ekroos has nearly 20 years of experience working with populations affected by violence. Globally recognized as a forensic nursing leader, she contributes as a subject matter expert on local, regional, national, and international committees, task forces, and work groups. Committed to advancing evidence-based and research-informed practices across multidisciplinary teams who respond to acts of violence, she is also a Distinguished Fellow of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.  

Aug 30, 2018
Rachell A. Ekroos (Nursing) and colleagues from four universities published a policy brief in Nursing Outlook, the official journal of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), titled “Policy Brief on the Nursing Response to Human Trafficking." Publication of a policy brief in Nursing Outlook is a rigorous process involving review and input from several AAN expert panels who are focused on promoting the health of vulnerable populations and final approval by the AAN Board of Directors prior to submission for publication.      

Jul 6, 2018
Barbara St. Pierre Schneider (Nursing) accepted an invitation to become a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. The fellowship is one of the profession’s most prestigious honors and recognizes outstanding contribution and achievements in nursing. The academy’s nearly 2,500 fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice, and research. Fellows represent association executives; university presidents, chancellors, and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives; and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; and researchers and entrepreneurs.

Jul 5, 2018
Jay Shen (Community Health Sciences), Catherine Dingley (Nursing), and Dr. Ji Yoo (Medicine) received a $250,000 grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for their study “Engaging Asian Communities in Palliative Care in Nevada,” which includes the Asian Community Development Center as a collaborating community partner. The team led by Shen has been funded four times by PCORI since 2015 and remains the only research team in the state to have received financial support from the organization.