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.