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  • Jul. 1, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione and Nirmala Lekhak (Ph.D., RN) There have been many changes associated with the coronavirus pandemic, from rapid health policy adjustments to academic reshuffling, but one constant concern has been COVID-19’s impact on the older adult population. The virus puts older adults at higher risk, especially those with underlying medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes....
  • Jun. 24, 2020
    By: Minnie Wood  (MS, APRN, ANP-BC, Lecturer and Clinical Instructor)   Every nurse I know springs into action upon hearing a patient say the words: “I can’t breathe.” Using evidence-based and time-tested strategies, nurses are trained to provide care, comfort and deliver life-saving measures. But what about when not only one Black person—killed with a knee on his neck for almost nine...
  • Jun. 22, 2020
    By Mitzy Flores (RN, CHSE, COI, Director of Continuing Education) (NOTE: this article was written in honor of National Nursing Assistants Week - June 18-25, 2020) During my early twenties, I knew I wanted to go into nursing. The idea that I could help others during the most vulnerable of times sat well in my soul. Talking to others, listening to their life stories, getting to know who...
  • Jun. 18, 2020
    By Angela Amar, Dean (PhD., RN, FAAN, Dean of UNLV School of Nursing)   I remember talking to a group of students of color about their experiences in a school of nursing. One said, “I know my classmates are glad they’re not black. Every time we learn about a disease, being black is always a risk factor. That and Native American.” Another added how grateful she was for the public...
  • Jun. 16, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione “In 10 years, will you look back and say, ‘You know what? I did my part as a human being.’ That’s where I’m at right now.” Nikule Abel can’t predict if her actions will have a long-term impact when it comes to fighting for social equality. But that’s not stopping her from trying.  “[My kids] will ask, ‘What did you do, Mom, in that time?’ I was out there rallying with my...
  • Jun. 11, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione UNLV School of Nursing (UNLVSON) educators and students face a new test this summer. Social distancing policies due to the coronavirus outbreak forced faculty to rearrange the normal 15-week structure of instruction.  Instead of a balanced approach mixing lecture classes and clinical simulations equally, new nursing students are currently getting the lecture courses front...
  • Jun. 3, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione The prerequisites are complete. The pre-nursing track is done. The moment is here for 72 UNLV students to begin their undergraduate nursing path toward their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. But unlike previous cohorts, the Summer 2020 group starts under a temporary new standard during the coronavirus outbreak. Regular academic routines are on hold while UNLV cautiously plans...
  • May. 28, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione  High fidelity clinical simulations are a vital piece of teaching young nurses about life on the frontlines. By simulating real-life scenarios, procedures, and face-to face interactions with patients in safe environments, students get a hands-on approach to improving their technical skills, communication, and critical thinking. The Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas...
  • May. 21, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione  This year, eight UNLV nursing students made history, even if it was just for a few weeks. UNLV School of Nursing and Dignity Health teamed up for a new initiative called the Community Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Program. Its mission is two-fold: educate patients in the community and give nursing students more experience with personal interactions and with offering...
  • May. 20, 2020
    Debra Fox is not your typical UNLV nursing PhD student. That is because she balances her graduate courses while also serving as the Chief Nursing Officer at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, one of the biggest public hospitals in the United States. The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) is accountable for the leadership of all nurses and their professional and clinical practice within the hospital...
  • May. 13, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione, Andrew Thomas Reyes (Ph.D., MSN, RN), Roseann Colosimo (Ph.D., MSN, RN) and Rhigel “Jay” Tan (DNP, APRN, PMHNP, GNP, ANP)  May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The attention on mental health comes during a time when the coronavirus pandemic’s impact is more than just physical. The strains of loss of life, loss of job, fear of getting infected, and staying sheltered in...
  • May. 8, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione For 35 years, UNLV nursing alumna Mary Jobes answered the call as a family nurse practitioner and instructor. Now in retirement, she answers the call by making cloth masks during the coronavirus pandemic. Working by herself at home, Jobes started a tiny operation with a bigger goal: keep everyone healthy.  Making the Masks  Jobes says she was inspired to help by...