Accomplishments: School of Nursing

January 29, 2020
AJ Cook (Nursing) has been appointed president of the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA). With more than 60,000 members, NSNA mentors students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses and conveys the standards, ethics, and skills that students will need as responsible and accountable leaders and members of the profession. He is an undergraduate.
January 28, 2020
Angela Amar (Nursing), Kathryn Laughon (University of Virginia), Tina Bloom (University of Missouri) and Katrina Debnam (University of Virginia) recently published "Conceptualizing an Approach to Secondary Prevention of Relationship Violence Among College Students"  in the Journal of American College Health. The article critically examines the application of bystander approaches to prevention of intimate partner violence among college students.
January 27, 2020
Rei Serafica (Nursing) recently obtained his Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credentials from the National League for Nursing (NLN). The academic nurse educator certification was created by the NLN to establish nursing education as a specialty area of practice and create a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. Obtaining a CNE is considered a mark of distinction for nursing faculty.
January 27, 2020
Karyn Holt (Nursing) was invited as the featured guest professional in the publication The Teaching Professor.  Her article was titled,"  Improve Learning in Your Online Courses with Peer Review." In the publication, Holt shares her experiences providing evidence of her work with this teaching strategy and how it has improved her students' learning and honed skills necessary to practice within the discipline.
January 17, 2020
Angela Amar (Nursing) and Kathryn Laughon (University of Virginia) recently published "Gender Violence Prevention in Middle School Male Athletics Programs" in JAMA Pediatrics. Dean Amar was invited to provide expert commentary on the effectiveness of a community-level strategy for relationship and sexual violence prevention.    
January 14, 2020
Rachell A. Ekroos (Nursing) recently received two grant awards totaling $47,211. She is the principal investigator of the project titled, “Enhancing the Multidisciplinary Response to Child Sexual Violence in Southern Nevada” ($39,711). Under this award, Ekroos will work with community partners, organizations, and government agencies regarding evidence-based and trauma-informed multidisciplinary responses to minor victims of sexual violence. For the second award, titled “Innovation in Research:...
January 13, 2020
Dieu-My T. Tran and Catherine Dingley (both Nursing) and Rogelio Arenas recently published, "Perception and Beliefs Regarding Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Lifestyle Modifications Among High-Risk College Students" in the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. The article explores the perceptions and beliefs regarding cardiovascular risk and lifestyle modification among high-risk college students.      
January 10, 2020
Jennifer Vanderlaan (Nursing) recently published an article, "Geospatial Variation in Caesarean Delivery" in Nursing Open. The article discusses the evaluation of the variation in caesarean delivery rates across counties in Georgia and determines whether county-level characteristics were associated with clusters. 
January 8, 2020
Karyn Holt and Paul Clements (both Nursing) and Susan Aldridge of Drexel University have once again published an article in the online education arena, this time tackling the topic of mental health trends and issues in online educational environments. Their article, published in the Journal for Behavioral and Social Sciences is titled, "Trends and Issues for Mental Health in Online Educational Environments." In this article, they identify the trends noted now in online classrooms with regard to...
January 7, 2020
Nirmala Lekhak (Nursing) recently published an article, "Episodic Memory in Later Life: Benefits of Prayer and Meditation" in the Journal of Holistic Nursing. The article examines the effects of prayer and meditation on the episodic memory or older adults.     
January 3, 2020
Jennifer Vanderlaan (Nursing) recently was appointed to the Maternal Mortality Review Committee for Nevada. This committee, which was established during the 80th legislative session, examines the state's mortality and morbidity rates among pregnant women and presents recommendations to the Legislature on how to respond.       
December 17, 2019
Angela Amar (Nursing) recently published an article, "An Introductory Nursing Class to Engage Undergraduate Generation Z Prenursing Students" in the journal Nurse Educator. The article describes an introductory nursing course as part of a multifaceted strategy to engage pre-nursing college students prior to entrance into an upper division nursing program. The course was designed to specifically target the Generation Z student.