Active Grants

The School of Nursing promotes, improves, and sustains human health through evidence-based education and advances in research and practice.

Nursing Faculty are involved in a variety of research projects, publications and presentations. Nursing students work alongside faculty to bring new and innovative ideas into fruition.

Below, explore the School of Nursing's active grants.

The Use of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT_ to Enhance Postpartum Weight Loss in Overweight Women with Gestational Diabetes

Principal Investigator: Tricia Gatlin, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Co-Principal Investigator: Marcia Clevesy, DNP, WHNP-BC

Funding Agency: UNLV Center for Biobehavioral Interdisciplinary Science

Amount Awarded: $10,000

Period: 10/01/2017 –  05/31/2020

Goals: To pilot test a behavioral therapy intervention program to help postpartum women who were diagnosed with gestational diabetes lose weight and centripetal adiposity (belly fat) during the early phases of the postpartum period (first 17 weeks after delivery).

The Effect of Hypobaria on Muscle Inflammation and Regeneration after Injury and Hemorrhagic Shock

Principal Investigator: Barbara St. Pierre Schneider, PhD, RN, CNE

Amount Awarded: $5,558,801

Period: 07/20/16–07/19/20

Goals: (a) To establish a combat casualty/en route care experimental model that incorporates lower extremity muscle injury and hemorrhagic shock with fluid resuscitation and simulates the hypobaria exposure of air transport from the Pacific theater to the United States; (b) To test the effect of 16-hour hypobaria exposure on leukocyte characteristics, function, and related genes responsive to muscle injury in a combat casualty/en route care experimental model.; and (c) To test the effect of 16-hour hypobaria exposure on muscle regenerative processes and functional properties in a combat casualty/en route care experimental model.

Improving Chronic Illness Management with the Crow Nation: The Baaniilaa Project

Principal Investigator: Du Feng, Ph.D.

Funding Agency: Montana State University (Federal pass-through: National Institutes of Health, NIMHD U01)

Amount Awarded: $159,294

Period: 7/1/16 – 3/31/21

Goals: To (1) assist in community participation in research, grant management, design of interventions, consulting on minority issues, and dissemination efforts; and (2) assist with research design, statistical analyses of data collected for this project, including data screening, preliminary analyses, and random coefficient modeling for hypothesis testing, as well as dissemination of research findings.

Engaging Asian Communities in Palliative Care in Nevada (EACPAC)

Principal Investigator: Jay Shen, PhD (School of Public Health)

Co-Principal Investigator: Catherine Dingley, PhD, RN, FAAN

Funding Agency: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Amount Awarded: $250,000

Period: 07/01/2018 – 06/30/2020

Goals:1) To explore the knowledge, attitudes, and barriers regarding palliative care (PC) and advance care planning (ACP) in the Asian community in Nevada; 2) To implement and evaluate the effectiveness of a culturally relevant educational intervention focused on PC and ACP in the Asian community; 3) To evaluate the development and dissemination of best-practices and current evident in PC and ACP to providers in the Asian community; 4) To develop sustainable community stakeholder partnerships for a PC and ACP platform for the Asian community.

Testing the Use of a CBT and MI Intervention Program to Reduce the Risk of Gestational Diabetes Among Overweight/Obese Pregnant Women

Principal Investigator: Dr. Patricia Gatlin

Funding Agency: Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)

Amount Awarded: $2,500

Period: 3/31/17—2/28/20

Goals: To (1.) Implement and test the feasibility, acceptability and fidelity of a CBT/MI intervention program aimed at helping to maintain healthy weight gain for women during the first 24-28 weeks of pregnancy, (2) Determine if the CBT/MI program is effective in helping to maintain healthy weight gain and reducing the risk of GDM.

Promoting resilience through Mindfulness Among College Student Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Principal Investigator: Dr. Andrew Thomas Reyes

Funding Agency: Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)

Amount Awarded: $2,500

Period: 3/19/19-3/18/20

Goals: To (1) Test the feasibility of an existing smartphone-app intervention (the Mindfulness-Acceptance for Student Veterans Program [MASVP]) intended to promote resilience among college student veterans with symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Epigenetic Effects of Preinjury Adversity on Functional Disparities after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Principal Investigator: Dr. Hyunhwa Lee

Funding Agency: American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)

Amount Awarded: $10,000

Period: 8/1/19-8/1/20

Goals: To (1) compare levels of peripheral 5-mC% levels, leukocyte telomere length, and miRNA expressions among PA+mTBI, PA+control, and PA-control in AAPIs.

Personalizing Obstructive Sleep Apnea Management: Associating Symptom Subtype to Objective Sleep Trains and Physiological Biomarkers

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jinyoung Kim

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health/National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, R56

Amount Awarded: $515,655

Period: 9/20/19-8/31/20

Goals: To (1) investigate physiological differences among symptom subtypes of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and to corelate changes in physiological biomarkers and symptom changes in each symptom subtype.

Health Disparities in Very-Low-Birthweight Preterm Birth in Nevada

Principal Investigator: Dr. June Cho

Funding Agency: NIGMS via CTRIN Pilot Grant

Amount Awarded: $65,891

Period: 10/16/19-6/30/20

Goals: To (1) examine the associations between racial/ethnic differences in VLBW preterm birth and maternal demographic factors, (2) exmaine the associations between demographic factors and levels of testosterone and cortisol, and (3) examine the associations of demographic actors and the levels of hormonal biomarkers wtih mental health problems (depressive symptoms, anxiety, and perceived stress) and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors (no healthy eating, no physical activity, and use of cigarettes and alcohol).

Implementing a Targeted Item Writing Workshop to Develop Standardized Clinical-Judgment Focused NCLEX-Style Examination Questions Across Courses in a Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program

Principal Investigator: Angela Silvestri-Elmore, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, CNE

Funding Agency: School of Nursing,/innovation in Nursing Education Awards

Amount Awarded: $4,000

Period: 10/1/19-4/30/21

Goals: To execute a process to promote the development and implementation of NCLEX-style and NGN-style items on course examinations.

Improving the Forensic Documentation of Injuries through Alternate Light: a Researcher-Practitioner Partnership

Principal Investigator: Rachell Ekroos, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, AFN-BC, FAAN

Funding Agency: George Mason University Subaward via the Department of Justice

Amount Awarded: $44,428

Period: 1/1/20-12/31/21

Goals: To assess and evaluate the programmatic implementation of alternate light source (ALS) use during the examination of injuries among adult victims of sexual violence and intimate partner violence.