Rebel Nursing Notes

Rebel Nursing Notes

UNLV School of Nursing strives to share stories across the nursing profession. From current issues to faculty and student achievements and research, "Rebel Nursing Notes" is here to inform and promote what it means to be a nursing leader.

  • Pictured: left - Ann C. Sims-Columbia (Class of 1997), and right - Russ Park (Class of 2009) 
    Pictured: left - Ann C. Sims-Columbia (Class of 1997), and right - Russ Park (Class of 2009) 
    Nov. 10, 2020
    November 11, 2020 marks Veterans Day, our annual day of remembrance honoring all our servicemen and women, past and present. This feature spotlights two UNLV School of Nursing alumni who also served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  In honor of Veterans Day, they share their experiences in both professions and the lessons they learned.   Ann C. Sims-Columbia, BSN/MBA/MHA, ‘97 -...
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    Nov. 5, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione (Communications and Outreach Specialist, UNLV School of Nursing) UNLV School of Nursing alumna Sarah Lugo wanted to enlarge her nursing scope to help vulnerable populations, so she sought out a greater awareness of improving public health.  Originally a Med Surg nurse, she worked her way to become senior community health nurse for the Southern Nevada Health...
  • UNLVSON alumna Janet Quillian from 2011's UNLV Alumni Awards
    Oct. 19, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione Note: UNLV School of Nursing is celebrating its 55th Anniversary the week of October 19th - 23rd, 2020.  This interview was conducted to help commemorate the occasion.  In the 1960s, Janet Quillian took the leap into nursing. She wanted to contribute to society in some way and eventually work in an emergency room. Those were her aspirations at the time....
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    Oct. 15, 2020
    By SON Faculty   Note: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month                           Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major global driver of death and disability among women. Shelter-in-place and other social disruptions associated with the coronavirus pandemic have been expected to have...
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    Photo courtesy: itakdalee from Getty Images (via Canva.com)
    Oct. 1, 2020
      By Joseph Gaccione The situation unfolds like this: A young woman comes into the ER, needing medical care.  She’s accompanied by an older woman who says she’s her mother.  The patient barely speaks, but it is what she’s not saying that tells the story.  She doesn’t make eye contact; she has no photo ID; and she has noticeable bruises under her clothes.  Her mother...
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    Shutterstock courtesy: scoutori
    Sep. 24, 2020
    By Mitzy D. Flores (MSN, RN, CHSE, COI, SON Director of Continuing Education) and Esmeralda Clark (MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, SON Lecturer) Note: National Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 runs from September 15th to October 15th.  The purpose of this national recognition is to honor the millions of Hispanic Americans in the United States and their numerous contributions, while also...
  • UNLV nursing students assess a patient's needs at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas
    UNLV nursing students assess a patient's needs at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas
    Sep. 10, 2020
    By Dean Angela Amar (PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Dean, School of Nursing), Steven J. Palazzo (PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Nursing), Andrew Thomas Reyes (PhD, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing), and Joseph Gaccione (Communications & Outreach Specialist, School of Nursing)   What started as an observation for Jayison McCorkle turned into an...
  • Sep. 1, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione Walk down the halls of the first floor of the Rod Lee Bigelow Health Sciences building, you’ll quickly notice the research labs seem quieter than usual. Naturally, the whole building (like so many others) is less busy as more people work from home due to COVID-19.  Yet, behind the closed doors, labs are still active.  The work done could potentially save lives....
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    Courtesy of Shutterstock/sfam_photo
    Aug. 19, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione   “I don't kiss my children anymore. I occasionally will give them a hug, but I try to stay as far away as I can," says a valley nurse and UNLV nursing graduate student, who wishes to stay anonymous. Like many nurses, her work routine during the coronavirus pandemic changed how she interacts with her family.  She says, “I just try to protect them the best I can...
  • COVID-19 under a microscope.  Courtesy: Andrii Vodolazhskyi/Shutterstock.com
    COVID-19 under a microscope.  Courtesy: Andrii Vodolazhskyi/Shutterstock.com
    Aug. 6, 2020
    By Hope Hinchman, MSN, RN (clinical instructor for SON)   Infectious agent, reservoir, portal of exit, mode of transmission, portal of entry, susceptible host. For those of you who may not know, this is what the medical world calls the chain of infection. It is how an infectious disease spreads from one person to the next. The concept behind it is simple. Keep the chain...
  • Telemedicine is being utilized more during the coronavirus pandemic, but it could be used more, especially in places like Southern Nevada
    Telemedicine is on the rise during the coronavirus pandemic, but it could be used more, especially in places like Southern Nevada. (Image courtesy: JPC-PROD/Shutterstock.com.)
    Jul. 23, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione   It isn’t easy finding silver linings during the coronavirus pandemic, but if one were to make a list of potential positives, the prevalence of telehealth would have to be on that list.  Although not a brand-new invention, telemedicine - offering medical services and information through electronic and telecommunication means - is helping more people get the...
  • Jul. 16, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione   Ricardo Nungaray is used to helping people.  He works as a security guard at Circus Circus and is a member of The National Guard.  Now as a UNLV School of Nursing student, he’s getting more involved in the community.  Nungaray recently volunteered to help deliver groceries for seniors living in affordable housing. The volunteer program is called “Golden...