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.

Healthier Seniors Through Lifelong Learning

Co-Principal Investigators: Catherine Dingley, PhD, RN, FNP (School of Nursing) and Robert Levrant, MA (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)

Funding Agency: Dignity Health Community Grants

Amount Awarded: $45,000

Period: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

Goals: This program is intended to target medically underserved seniors residing in low-income areas who are suffering from chronic conditions.

The Effect of Screen-based Simulation on Prelicensure Nursing Students' High Fidelity Simulation Performance

Principal Investigator: Roseann Colosimo, PhD, MSN, RN

Funding Agency: Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI)

Amount Awarded: $23,140

Period: December 19, 2016–May 31, 2017

Goals: To evaluate differences in clinical competency between IEN and American graduates regarding cardiac even simulation. 

Healthy Pregnancy through Exercise and Nutrition (H-PEN)

Principal Investigator: Tricia Gatlin, PhD, RN, CNE

Funding Agency: Nevada Obstetrical Charity Clinic

Amount Awarded: $8,400

Period: December 19, 2016–December 31, 2017

Goals: To help 100 early pregnant women (<18 weeks pregnant) who are overweight/obese and/or have type 2 diabetes (T2DM) or history of gestational diabetes to maintain healthy weight gain and good glucose control throughout pregnancy through an individualized exercise and nutritional intervention program called Healthy Pregnancy through Exercise and Nutrition (H-PEN).

Engaging Patients with Life-limiting Illnesses in Receiving Palliative Care

Principal Investigator: Jay Shen, PhD (Community Health Sciences)

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

Funding Agency: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Tier II

Amount Awarded: $25,000

Period: May 1, 2016–April 30, 2017

Goals: To develop research infrastructure and partnerships that have the capacity to create high-quality, patient-centered research proposals; to engage and involve stakeholders in development of comparative-effectiveness research questions; to develop a community-defined set of research questions and priorities; and to develop communication strategies for patients, researchers, and stakeholders.

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.

Management intervention using wearable technology to promote weight loss among adolescents

Principal Investigator: Diane Thomason, PhD, MN, RN

Funding Agency: UNLV School of Nursing Intramural Grant

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period: 04/01/2015–04/30/2017

Goals: The goal of this randomized control pilot study is to improve healthy lifestyle behaviors and SM skills in underserved adolescents aged 13-18 to decrease overweight/obesity. The immediate objective is to test an EWD, the Fitbit Flex® wristband, and its associated PA and nutrition applications for Smartphones, in conjunction with SM education on the effects of SM for weight loss, PA and nutritional self-efficacy.

The Feasibility of Using Social Media for Dietary Self-Management in Vulnerable Population

Principal Investigator: Reimund Serafica, PhD, MSN, RN

Funding Agency: UNLV School of Nursing Intramural Grant

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period: 12/01/2015–11/31/2017

Goals: To test the feasibility of using social media as a platform in promoting dietary self-management and lifestyle intervention among first generation immigrants.

Effects of Complementary Medical Interventions on Symptom Management and Family Satisfaction of Hospice Care

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

Co-Principal Investigator: Abbie Kirkendall, PhD (UNLV School of Social Work)

Funding Agency: UNLV Faculty Opportunity Award

Amount Awarded: $28,024

Period: 7/1/16 – 12/31/17

Goals: To (1) determine the influence of complementary therapies on family satisfaction with the quality of hospice care and management of patient symptoms; and (2) explore family caregivers’ perspectives on the use and effects of complementary medical therapies provided during hospice care.

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

Principal Investigator: Du Feng, Ph.D.

Funding Agency: UNLV (Sub-award through Montana State University, 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.

Influence of Epigenomics on Pain Impact and Relevant Variables in Nonspecific Chronic Low Back Pain

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Kawi, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE

Funding Agency: American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Amount Awarded: $2,500

Period: 06/1/16 – 12/31/17

Goals: To (1) evaluate the associations between epigenomic alterations (i.e., global Deoxyribonucleic Acid [DNA] methylation) and pain impact among adult females with nonspecific chronic low back pain (cLBP); (2) identify contributions of behavioral risk factors (exercise and smoking) to epigenomic alterations among individuals with cLBP; and (3) explain the relationships between epigenomic alterations and biomedical risk factors (Basal Metabolic Index [BMI] and opioid use) in cLBP.

A Computational Model of White Blood Cell Phenotypic Changes During Muscle Recovery

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

Co-Investigators: Emma Regentova, PhD (UNLV College of Engineering) & Mei Yang, PhD (UNLV College of Engineering)

Funding Agency: UNLV Faculty Opportunity Award

Amount Awarded: $29,818

Period: 7/1/16 – 12/31/17

Goals: The long-term goal of this project is to develop a computational model that can predict how hormones and other biological substances, drugs, or environmental factors will affect the response of white blood cells during muscle recovery.

Effect of Exercise on Cancer Related Fatigue, Heat Shock Protein, and Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factors

Principal Investigator: Nada Lukkahatai, PhD, MSN, RN

Co-Investigator: James Navalta, PhD (School of Allied Health Sciences) and Jillian Inouye, PhD, FAAN (University of Hawaii at Hilo)

Funding Agency: Oncology Nursing Society Foundation

Amount Awarded: $25,000

Period: January 15, 2017 – January 15, 2019

Goals: The study aims to (1) test the feasibility of a 6-week technology-enhanced home exercise (TEHE) program with physical activity and fatigue, and (2) determine the effectiveness of the TEHE program on serum Heat Shock Protein 90 (HSP90) and Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and fatigue.

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

Principal Investigator: Tricia Gatlin, PhD, RN, CNE

Co-Investigators: Michael Johnson, Phd, RN and Cheryl Perna, MSN, RN

Coordinator: Marcia Clevesy, MSN, RNC, APRN

Awarded Amount: $2,500

Period: 03/01/2017-10/31/2018

Goals: The primary goal of this study is to assess the feasibility and acceptability of a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing (MI) intervention program to help pregnant women who are overweight/obese reduce the risk for developing gestational diabetes (GDM) by maintaining a healthy weight gain during the first 24-28 weeks of pregnancy.

Acculturative Stress, Quality of Life, and Dietary Indicators Among Filipino Older Adults

Principal Investigator: Reimund Serafica, PhD, MSN, RN

Funding Agency: Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Inc.

Amount Awarded: $1,000

Period: 03/01/17 – 02/28/18

Goals: To (1) assess the quality of life among older Filipino Americans with different levels of acculturation and acculturative stress, and (2) assess the relationships of acculturative stress on dietary indicators among older Filipino Americans.

Neurodegenerative Changes After Traumatic Brain Injury

Principal Investigator: Hyunhwa Lee, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Funding Agency: Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Inc.

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period: 03/01/17 – 02/28/18

Goals: To (1) associate leukocyte telomere length and global methylation to changes in cognitive performance among retired Asian American professional fighters with traumatic brain injury, and (2) compare genome-wide peripheral DNA methylation profiles among cognitively declined and non-declined retired fighters with traumatic brain injury and healthy controls matched on age.

Nevada INBRE Proteomics Service Award

Principal Investigator: Nada Lukkahatai, PhD, MSN, RN

Co-Principal Investigator: Marianne Tejada, DNP, MSN, RN, PHN and Alan Ikeda, MD

Funding Agency: Nevada INBRE

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period: 03/06/17 – 06/30/17

Goals: To investigate symptoms profile including fatigue and potential biological correlates of children with leukemia during chemotherapy.

Epigenetic Markers of Neurodegenerative Changes in Traumatic Brain Injury

Principal Investigator: Hyunhwa Lee, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Funding Agency: Sigma Theta Tau International

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Period: 06/01/17 – 05/31/18

Goals: To (1) associate leukocyte telomere length and global methylation to changes in cognitive performance among retired professional fighters with traumatic brain injury, and (2) compare genome-wide peripheral DNA methylation profiles among cognitively declined and non-declined retired fighters with traumatic brain injury and healthy controls matched on age.