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nursing Accomplishments

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.  

Dec 13, 2017
The School of Nursing is home to the Zeta Kappa chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International honor society. The chapter recently received its first Chapter Key Award, which recognizes excellence in chapter-related activities such as membership recruitment and retention, publicity and programming, and professional leadership development. The school received the award during the honor society’s 43rd biennial convention.

Dec 7, 2017
Susan VanBeuge (Nursing) has been elected vice president of the Nevada State Board of Nursing. During her one-year term, she will be part of the board’s leadership team and stand in for the president when necessary. VanBeuge has been a member of the board since 2015, and a member of the School of Nursing faculty since 2006.

Dec 6, 2017
Hyunhwa Lee (Nursing) presented "A Pilot Methylated DNA Immunoprecipitation Sequencing: Hypermethylation of the Death-associated Protein 3 (DAP3) in Fibromyalgia Associated with Child Abuse History among African American Females" during the 25th World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics. The pilot study identified genome-wide DNA methylation markers from peripheral blood associated with child abuse history among a small group of African American adult females with fibromyalgia syndrome using methylated DNA immuno-precipitation sequencing.

Nov 14, 2017
Tricia Gatlin, Reimund Serafica, and Michael Johnson (Nursing) co-authored “Systematic Review of Peer Education Intervention Programmes among Individual with Type 2 Diabetes,” which appeared in the September issue of Journal of Clinical Nursing. The article explored new evidence that peer education can also be useful in achieving positive clinical outcomes such as decreasing HbA1c levels and increasing diabetes knowledge among patients with type 2 diabetes.

Nov 14, 2017
Rachell Ekroos (Nursing) and Alexis Kennedy (Criminal Justice) hosted meetings with Ukrainian leaders representing government sectors, law enforcement agencies, social service providers, and non-government organizations as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Program alumni include 19 current chiefs of state or heads of government and 330 former chiefs of state or heads of government. Ekroos’ expertise includes the health care response to persons identified as victims of human trafficking, their unique biopsychosocial and clinical forensic needs, and collaborative multidisciplinary responses to human trafficking. Kennedy shares her expertise and data related to trafficking of minors and how local systems have responded to the needs of victims during the past decade. Both provide expertise related to the differences between local, national, and international systems coupled with discussions about due process and justice. 

Nov 13, 2017
Reimund Serafica (Nursing) presented his research during two recent conferences. He discussed “Acculturation and Changes in Anthropometric Indicators among Filipino Men with Hypertension” during the 42nd annual conference of the American Association for Men in Nursing. Next, he shared results from his study titled “Adherence and Satisfaction of Using Social Media for Dietary Self-Management among Filipino Americans: A Feasibility Study” during the 43rd annual conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society.