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School of Nursing News

The School of Nursing educates nurses at the undergraduate and graduate levels to meet health care needs in Nevada and beyond. The School of Nursing promotes, improves, and sustains human health through evidence-based education and advances in research and practice.

Current Nursing News

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People | September 8, 2020

Outstanding Faculty Award winner Alona Angosta progressed from bachelor's to master's to tenured faculty at the university that made her feel welcome.

A family of four stands together in front of a display of UNLV memorabilia
People | August 26, 2020

Jorge “Fabian” Trejo-Ibarra began his freshman year as a pre-nursing student this week thanks to a scholarship funded by Rig-Rents through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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People | August 21, 2020

Summer '20 Nursing grad navigates hybrid classes, COVID-19 cases to enter workforce at a unique time.

A girl holds a stethoscope to a teddy bear
People | August 14, 2020

Nurses juggling health care work with keeping families safe during the pandemic.

Portrait of Steven Palazzo, the UNLV Schoool of Nursing's new associate dean for academic affairs
People | July 27, 2020

The nurse/educator sees the remote learning necessitated by the pandemic as an opportunity for growth.

People | July 9, 2020

Determination and a crucial letter from a Nursing faculty member allowed Alyssa Macleod to get back into the country just in time for her clinical classes.

Nursing In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 17, 2020

Teenage cancer patient Jorge “Fabian” Trejo-Ibarra carefully considered his options when he was told he could request something big and bold through the nonprofit Make-A-Wish Foundation.

August 26, 2020

Adrian is diving into online learning that's here to stay with an EXPERT in the arena, Dr. Karyn Holt. Dr. Holt is the Director of Educational Quality and Innovations at UNLV and has dedicated much of her career promoting quality online learning in the health professions. What's the secret to great online education and how do we ensure "no significant difference" from F2F (face-2-face)? Dr. Holt gently guides us through these topics with her infectious enthusiasm and love for medicine and medical education.

PHLV Radio
August 21, 2020

"Racism and Nursing" with Angela Amar, Dean at UNLV School of Nursing and Minnie Wood, Lecturer/Clinical Instructor at UNLV School of Nursing. Hosted by Doris Bauer, President of the Philippine Nurses Association of Nevada - PNANV.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
August 14, 2020

A UNLV nurse followed all the precautions to avoid COVID-19 and still go the virus.

National League for Nursing
August 14, 2020

View a complimentary recording of the Inside Higher Education webinar recorded on August 14. Drs. Angela Amar, Lisa Day, and Jenny O'Rourke explored how shifts in course delivery impact curriculum and assessment. We know for certain that key foundational principles of good teaching hold consistent and will impact how today’s nursing students benefit from their nursing education in the unique context of COVID-19.

August 6, 2020

Infectious agent, reservoir, portal of exit, mode of transmission, portal of entry, susceptible host. For those of you who may not know, this is what the medical world calls the chain of infection. It is how an infectious disease spreads from one person to the next. The concept behind it is simple. Keep the chain intact, and the disease runs rampant. Break it, and the infectious agent won’t stand a chance. I first learned of this cycle back in my first semester of nursing school and have since carried it with me throughout my career as both a pediatric nurse and clinical instructor. In fact, it is a concept I teach to the level one students here at the School of Nursing, and it has kept me from contracting any major illnesses until very recently.

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Recent Nursing Accomplishments

September 11, 2020
Susan Belliston (Nursing) successfully defended her doctoral dissertation. Her dissertation was "The Effect of Asynchronous Versus Synchronous Online Course Delivery on HESI Scores and Student Engagement for Rural Pre-Licensure Nursing Students."  
September 11, 2020
Angela Silvestri-Elmore (Nursing) received a grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration for $155,555. This is a school-based loan grant allowing UNLV to offer long-term, low-interest loans to full-time disadvantaged students who are pursuing nursing degrees. The grant makes up about 20 awards, each at more than $7,000 for...
September 10, 2020
Du Feng (Nursing) and coauthors recently published an article, "Reliability, Construct Validity, and Measurement Invariance of the PROMIS Physical Function 8b—Adult Short Form v2.0" in the journal Quality of Life Research. This study assessed the reliability, construct validity, and measurement invariance of a widely used PROMIS physical function...
September 4, 2020
Karyn Holt (Nursing) was contacted and interviewed by the national "Airwaves and Educators," a podcast produced by physician assistant educators targeting health occupations academicians. In Episode 20, sh discusses the nuances of online education, emergency remote teaching, hy-flex teaching, and how she thinks the COVID-19 pandemic has affected...
September 2, 2020
Susan McLennon (Nursing) co-authored “Personal Road Map for Recovery: Examining the Therapeutic Use of Weblogs by Stroke Survivors with Aphasia," which was published in Disability and Rehabilitation.
September 1, 2020
Karyn Holt and Paul Clements (both Nursing) published a book chapter "Constructing Online Equity for Adjunct Faculty who Teach Across Geography" in the text Handbook of Research on Inclusive Development for Remote Adjunct Faculty in Higher Education. With growing national online enrollments in higher education, a need exists for innovative...