Dean’s Welcome

Angela Amar

Angela Amar, Dean

Welcome to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Nursing. As the new dean, I am delighted to be here and am eager to advance our vision of helping shape the future of nursing education, research, and practice. Our slogan “Nurse Leaders Begin Here” inspires and drives the school.

For us, 2018 marks a new beginning. We say goodbye to Dean Carolyn Yucha and offer her heartfelt gratitude for leading the school on an amazing journey. Our school has a top ranked online graduate program and offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctor of nursing practice degrees as well as the only Ph.D. in nursing degree in Nevada. Our degree programs provide high quality clinical practice and innovative nursing education, and our school has a cadre of faculty who are producing cutting edge research that advances nursing science. I appreciate the school’s stellar history and look forward to seeing where the future takes us.

As I reflect on the past and anticipate the future, my commitment to you is to build on and extend the school’s excellent legacy. My aim is to focus on how we actualize the school’s Nurse Leaders Begin Here and the university’s “Different, Daring, Diverse” slogans.

UNLV School of Nursing is a special place. We attract exceptional students who are genuinely concerned about making a difference. Our talented and caring faculty and staff focus on helping students excel in their chosen profession. Our educational programs are designed to develop and enhance students’ clinical skills, knowledge, and leadership abilities so that they are poised to not only meet the health needs of Nevada and beyond, but also to lead change that improves health and our health care system.

All of us face major changes to care delivery and current payment models. Rising health care costs, growth of an aging population, and technological developments are happening concurrently with an emphasis on quality and value of services, prevention through population health, and growth of ambulatory services. The school strives to prepare nurse clinicians, leaders, and scholars to meet these challenges and the future health care needs of Nevada and the nation. This is an exciting time to be a nurse.

Thanks for visiting our website. We hope you will consider joining us whether you are interested in beginning your nursing career, earning an advanced degree, or contributing as a faculty or staff. I’d also like to give a shout-out to our fabulous alumni who are staying connected to the UNLV Nursing family. We appreciate you and your support to the school. Be sure to check back for updates as we advance our vision.

I am deeply honored to serve as dean of UNLV School of Nursing and look forward meeting you soon. If you have any questions or want to share feedback, please email

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