In The News: School of Nursing
Nursing is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country. But challenges facing the health care industry could affect the ability to adequately staff the profession in a profound way.
UNLV has climbed four spots in the annual ranking of best online graduate nursing programs by U.S. News &World Report.
Nevada has long struggled to help people with mental illnesses and the state, like many areas of the country, is struggling with the opioid crisis. But could both of those problems be addressed with technology from the 50s?
Less than a year ago, 74-year-old Roosevelt Bennett’s chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) had progressed to the point that he says he didn’t get out of bed at night to go to the bathroom for fear the exertion would make him “run out of air and die.”
Nearly 30% of Americans suffer from constant low back pain. People who face the condition not only experience aches and pangs, but also, in some cases, large medical bills from seeing doctors and buying medications, long stints away from work, and the general annoyance of not being able to do the things they love. Jennifer Kawi—an award-winning advanced practice nurse with a specialty in pain management—joins the show to talk about how you can reduce or prevent back pain, potentially without having to go to the doctor.
At the private practice where Susan VanBeuge works as a nurse practitioner, she and the practice’s physician complement each other. The physician, who often takes on a more clinical demeanor, introduces the nurse as the patient’s advocate and champion.
No nurse — in fact, no patient, no wide-eyed puppy, no sentient creature anywhere — should ever have to face Dr. Sandy Beirle when she’s looking for missing lab results. Take Caitlin Bagwell, a student at the UNLV school of nursing, who recently walked into an examination room and offered Beirle an innocent “Good morning.”
“Eat right” — it’s usually one of the first bits of advice doled out to any dieter.
But counting every calorie and tracking grams of sugar and fat in a diet can be a hassle, one many dieters put off or avoid entirely.
Rhigel “Jay” Tan knew there had to be a better way. Like many of his colleagues, the UNLV professor and psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner had long been skeptical of the trial-and-error approach to prescribing medicine for mental health patients.
Being stressed may seem like a problem as fleeting as the bad day that may have caused it, but it is believed to add up.
Finding reliable objective measures for chronic pain is an important step to advancing pain management. Recently, investigators have identified a variety of pain biomarkers, understood as integral to nociceptive functioning, and have used them as therapeutic targets when assessing exercise as an intervention for chronic pain conditions. However, could such biomarkers function as actual objective measures for chronic pain, as well?
Diabetes specialists Tomas Walker and Aimee Jose, who graduated five years apart from UNLV's nursing school, are each playing a role in the creation of a so-called artificial pancreas system, a mobile app-based tool that monitors and balances blood sugar levels.