Rhigel (Jay) A. Tan

Associate Professor in Residence, School of Nursing
Expertise: Medical Surgical Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Emergency Room Nursing, Intensive Care Nursing, Palliative Nursing


Rhigel Tan is a certified Advanced Nurse Practitioner in three fields of specialization, as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (GNP), and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

Prior to joining UNLV, Tan was a tenured professor of nursing at the College of Southern Nevada. Tan’s research foci are in the development of an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) training program among internationally educated nurses and the use of human patient simulation technology in nursing. Tan was previously a board member of the Philippine Nurses Association of Nevada and initiated the organization's formation of an EBP committee. He developed the Nurse Apprentice Program of Nathan Adelson Hospice through a grant from MGM-Mirage Foundation and was invited to present the program at a National Hospice Leadership Convention in Washington, D.C.

In 2011, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed Tan to a four-year term on the Nevada State Board of Nursing. Tan was also a member of the Nevada State Board of Nursing Advisory Committee for Advanced Practice Nursing from 2008-2010, the Clark County Emergency Corps, and the Zetta Kappa Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses.


  • DNP, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, UT
  • RN, Cebu City Medical Center College of Nursing, Philippines

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Rhigel (Jay) A. Tan In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
Boarded-up casinos. Little to no traffic. Hardly any pedestrians. The Strip was throwing off some serious post-apocalyptic vibes. Images like that, broadcast around the world, could have broken a lesser city’s spirit.
Sixteen-year-old Spencer Smith didn't die of the coronavirus. But he died as a result of it.
Newsmax Health
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reports that nearly one in five nursing homes in Florida have barely a one-week supply of personal protective equipment, or PPE, such as N95 surgical masks and gowns.
Nevada Current
In March, Jay Tan was sheltering in place and looking for a way to help during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Articles Featuring Rhigel (Jay) A. Tan

medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

Eight U.N.L.V. graduates pose for a photo in their graduation attire.
Campus News | June 11, 2020

A collection of stories featuring UNLV’s continued flexibility and adaptability in the face of COVID-19.

Nursing professor Jay Tan examining a person's mouth
Research | July 11, 2017

Nursing professor Jay Tan uses pharmacogenetics to unlock the medications and dosages that work for a patient's individual genetic makeup.