Accomplishments: School of Nursing

March 18, 2016
Cheryl Perna (Nursing) co-authored “Patient Care Outcomes and Temporary Nurses,” which appeared in Nursing Management, and “The Development of a PTSD Standardized Patient Encounter,” which appeared in MedEdPORTAL Publications. The articles published during August and November 2015 respectively. She also led two poster presentations during the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference in November. Perna presented “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving...
March 3, 2016
The UNLV School of Nursing has been selected as publisher of the Asian Pacific Island Nursing Journal, a peer-reviewed international forum for the exchange of knowledge in relation to Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander health and nursing care. Nursing faculty members will retain their editorial roles with the publication:  Jillian Inouye as editor-in-chief Kirsten Connelly as managing editor, Carolyn Yucha as consulting editor. The online journal’s new home resides on Digital...
February 19, 2016
Jessica Doolen (Nursing) co-authored “Nursing Simulation Research: What are the Perceived Gaps,” which determined a need for more rigorous multisite studies centered on student and/or patient outcomes. The article appeared in the January issue of Clinical Simulation in Nursing.  
December 3, 2015
Tish Smyer, Tricia Gatlin, Rhigel Tan, Marianne Tejada, and Du Feng (all Nursing) co-authored “Academic Outcome Measures of a Dedicated Education Unit Over Time: Help or Hinder,” which appeared in November/December 2015 issue of Nurse Educator. The article examined a study focused on whether students placed on a dedicated education unit achieved better academic outcomes compared to those placed on a traditional clinical unit. Lead author Tish Smyer passed away in January 2015.  
November 30, 2015
Jessica Doolen (Nursing) earned the 2015 Nurse of the Year award in the education category from the Nevada chapter of the March of Dimes. Doolen teaches in the school’s undergraduate and the graduate programs, and is the educational director at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas on the Shadow Lane campus. She has been a full-time faculty member in the School of Nursing since 2005, is a certified nurse educator, and is an alumna of the school’s master of science in nursing, family nurse...
November 5, 2015
Professors Jay Shen (Community Health Sciences) and Abbie Kirkendall (Social Work) are conducting a project with nearly $15,000 funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to form a Palliative Care Research Network in Nevada through a variety of community engagement activities. The project will help build partnerships with the Dignity Health System, Nevada Palliative Care/Infinity Hospice, Elaine Wynn Palliative Care/Nathan Adelson Hospice, and other stakeholders...
November 4, 2015
Reimund Serafica (School of Nursing) is first author of “Hapag Kainan: Dietary Consumption of Fat, Sugar, Fruits and Vegetables Among Filipino Americans,” a study that explored the relationships among dietary consumption variables and the anthropometric measurements of Filipino Americans. The article appeared in the Journal of Cultural Diversity, fall 2015 issue.  
October 19, 2015
Alona Angosta, Jillian Inouye, Tricia Gatlin, and Reimund Serafica (all Nursing) have had their abstract accepted for an international symposium. They will present "Effects of Dance in Chronic Illness: A Systematic Review" at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 43rd Biennial Convention, which will take place in Las Vegas.  
October 9, 2015
Reimund Serafica, Alona Angosta (both Nursing), and Sheniz Moonie (Environmental and Occupational Health) are the authors of an article, "Measuring Enjoyment of Ballroom Dancing in Filipino Americans Using the Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale," which recently was published in the peer-reviewed publication Asian Pacific Island Nursing Journal.
October 2, 2015
Alona Angosta (Nursing) received the John Crawford Nursing Research Institute Fellow Award from the Neuman Systems Model Research Institute in summer 2015. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding nurses who made significant contributions to nursing research using the Neuman Systems Model (NSM) as a research framework to guide their nursing research and practice. She has used the NSM to guide her research and practice with emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. She has...
July 1, 2014
School of Nursing earned a 10-year accreditation for its bachelor's and master's programs from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The school voluntarily seeks accreditation and participates in the self-assessment and evaluation processes. It has maintained accreditation since the 1970s, specifically from CCNE since 2008.
July 1, 2014
Jessica Doolen, Michelle Giddings, and Michael Johnson (all Nursing), along with Gigi Guizado de Nathan and Lysander Abadia of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, authored "An Evaluation of Mental Health Simulation with Standardized Patients." The article, which appeared in the March issue of the International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, examines how interviews with standardized patients portraying persons with psychiatric disorders increases therapeutic communication,...