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nursing Accomplishments

May 17, 2018
Andrew Thomas Reyes (Nursing) co-authored a chapter in the book Top 10 Contributions on Nursing & Health Care titled “Ethical, Legal, and Sociocultural Issues (ELSI) in Nursing Viewed through a Complex Synergistic System Lens." The book is in press and published as an eBook earlier this year.

May 16, 2018
Henna Lee, Jennifer Pfannes, and Marcia Clevesy (Nursing) received top awards during University Medical Center’s Research Empowerment Day during early May. Lee and Pfannes earned first-place awards and Clevesy earned second place in their respective categories. More than 300 people attended the event, and judges evaluated more than 50 posters including eight from School of Nursing faculty members.

May 9, 2018
Rachell Ekroos (Nursing) presented two topics during the Emergency Nurses Association Regional Symposium in April. Her first presentation, “Manual Strangulation: What do Emergency Nurses Need to Know,” included information about common misconceptions, signs and symptoms, proper documentation, and biopsychosocial considerations. Her second presentation, “Identifying and Responding to Human Trafficking in the ED,” explored how to identify patients who are at risk of being targeted by traffickers as well as children and adults who are already involved; and how to deliver needed clinical services and referrals to agencies that can further assist human trafficking victims.  

Apr 20, 2018
School of Nursing answered an invitation from the National League for Nursing to test new simulation education scenarios focused on pediatrics patients. Assistant professor Jessica Doolen, lecturer Lisa Nicholas, graduate assistant Jennifer Pfannes, and three nursing students piloted, provided suggestions for enhancing content, and evaluated the scoring rubric. The new simulation scenarios are designed for pre-licensure nursing students and have been made available via the National League of Nursing’s website. This is the second time UNLV's School of Nursing has been asked to participate in the evaluation process.

Apr 18, 2018
Michael Johnson (Nursing) presented "Cancer Risk Factors in a Sample of Sexual Minorities: Dietary Intake, Obesity, Alcohol, and Tobacco" at the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in New Orleans.  

Apr 3, 2018
Jay Tan (Nursing) received recognition from the mayor of Cebu City, Philippines, as an Outstanding Cebuano during the city’s Charter Day Testimonial Dinner. The city of Cebu recognizes individuals and institutions who display exemplary behavior, extraordinary heroism, bravery, and selflessness in defense of moral principles. Tan earned the honor by establishing an awareness campaign in his hometown designed to destigmatize mental health care, and developed a clinic for the town’s residents to receive mental health services. Tan also earned the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals. The accolade honors a recipient’s distinguished contributions to his or her profession, as well as service to the university and to the community at large. The university bestowed the honor to Tan for founding a mental health non-profit organization, Help4Hope, that works to decrease the stigma attached to mental illness and provides outreach to communities about mental health issues. Additionally, Tan established a program to help jobless Nevadans re-enter the workforce as certified nursing assistants that has helped more than 200 people, and developed the nurse apprentice program of Nathan Adelson Hospice through a grant from the MGM-Mirage Foundation.

Feb 23, 2018
Rachell A. Ekroos (Nursing) was selected for the Executive Steering Committee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) evidence management project. In collaboration with subject matter experts and key informants, the committee will expand on NIST/NIJ’s work related to best practices for handling, preservation, retention, and tracking of forensic evidence. Ekroos will contribute her expertise to reviewing and revising standards; informing data collection related to evidence handling practices; a symposium highlighting key issues, and development of a state of the industry report.

Feb 6, 2018
Innovation (Research & Economic Development), the university's research magazine, recently received a Bronze Award of Excellence from District VII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Awards of Excellence showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events, and outstanding communications from districts across North America. The team members who produced the award-winning 2017 issue of Innovation are editor-in-chief Raegen Pietrucha; consulting editor Cate Weeks; art director S. A. Lien; photographers Josh Hawkins, R. Marsh Starks, and Aaron Mayes; editorial interns Alexandra Karosas and Rachel Glaze; contributing writers Tony Allen, Marian Alper, Afsha Bawany, Shane Bevell, Vaneh Darakjian, Kevin Dunegan, Caroline Funk, Sara Gorgon, Matt Keleman, Sean Kennedy, Kelly McDonough, Kristen Peterson, Angela Ramsey, Jason Scavone, Chelsea Sendgraff, Stan Smith, and Pashtana Usufzy; and proofreaders Liam Frink, David Hatchett, Zach Miles, Lori Olafson, Robin Toles, and Jill Zimbelman. CASE District VII annually recognizes award winners online and at the annual District VII conference, which will take place in San Francisco in March. UNLV award winners are listed online.

Feb 5, 2018
Reimund Serafica (Nursing) and Brendan Tran Morris (Electrical and Computer Engineering) co-authored “Concept Analysis of Dietary Biculturalism in Filipino Immigrants within the Context of Cardiovascular Risk,” which appeared in the “Nursing Forum” of the Wiley Online Library during October 2017. The findings indicate a need to develop culturally appropriate interventions for Filipino immigrants that target consumption of unhealthy food.

Jan 17, 2018
Andrew Thomas Reyes, Hyunhwa “Henna” Lee (Nursing), Christopher Kearney (Psychology) along with former undergraduate students Katrina Isla (Nursing) and Jonica Estrada (Life Sciences) co-authored “Interventions for Posttraumatic Stress with Resilience as Outcome: An Integrative Review,” which appeared in the January issue of Issues in Mental Health Nursing.