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.

  • New UNLV nursing level 1 student adjust to remote learning
    New UNLV nursing level 1 students.  From left to right: Nicholas Dirasian, Hannah Wetherill, and Jane Kearns
    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...
  • 8 UNLV nursing students, along with professor Jennifer Pfannes and others, make up the inaugural class of the new Community Congestive Heart Failure Program.  
    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...
  • Debra Fox, University Medical Center's Chief Nursing Officer, explains how she and other hospital leaders control the chaos of the coronavirus outbreak and keeping both patients and staff safe.
    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...
  • UNLV nursing assistant professor Rhigel "Jay" Tan advocates for unique medication treatment for mental health patients, as well as select word choice when discussing social separation to account for other people's emotional state.
    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...
  • UNLV nursing alumna Mary Jobes designs protective masks for COVID-19.
    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...
  • An anonymous UNLV Nursing graduate student explains the challenges working on the frontlines during the coronavirus outbreak.
    May. 4, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione    The resiliency of nurses is on display now more than ever. The coronavirus outbreak is taking a toll on healthcare workers in a variety of ways. The emotional weight of handling a wide spectrum of patients; the long hours of a shift; and the constant fear of getting infected with COVID-19.  And that's just some of the biggest job-centric stresses. But...
  • UNLV School of Nursing assistant professor Jennifer Vanderlaan is studying how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting maternity care across the United States.
    Apr. 29, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione and Jennifer Vanderlaan (Ph.D., MPH, CNM, FNP) 2020 is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, but most nurses and midwifes did not expect to be recognized for their efforts during a pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak has altered how we live and work (for better and for worse), and we likely won’t grasp the full impact for a while.  This is not stopping researchers to track...
  • UNLV assistant professor Jay Tan shown building his FaceShields at his home, part of a bigger community outreach initiative to help frontliners during the coronavirus outbreak.
    Apr. 25, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione  Many people are stocking up on groceries and cleaning supplies while they have to stay at home per social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak.  UNLV Nursing assistant professor Jay Tan is stocking up on pool floaters.  He’s not planning a massive house party. He’s building home-made face shields. Tan has started a project to provide face...
  • The Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas emphasizes on hands-on training for medical and nursing students, including translating cases between doctors and patients.
    Apr. 22, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione  Accurate communication is understandably critical for medical treatment, particularly COVID-19, which could easily be misdiagnosed as another ailment, like a cold or the flu. It can become more difficult for a patient speaking a different language if the healthcare provider isn’t properly trained or doesn’t have the adequate resources to interpret what’s wrong. ...
  • From left to right: Stephanie Bell, Lauren Shipton, and AJ Cook were the first three UNLV students elected to office with NSNA (April 2019).  One year since being elected, they reflect on the biggest lessons they've learned.
    Apr. 16, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione  The National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) is a nonprofit group dedicated to fostering the professional development of nursing students across the U.S. Founded in 1952, the NSNA’s mission is to prepare nursing students not only for their licensure as registered nurses, but also promote and reinforce the standards, ethics, and skillsets nursing leaders need to thrive...
  • UNLV Nursing faculty, like so many around the world, are educating in a new age of remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
    Apr. 15, 2020
    By Joseph Gaccione      Among the hardest hit areas of the coronavirus outbreak is academia. Students across the globe were forced to turn their home into a virtual classroom. Some adjust better than others, but the fallout is the same: normalcy is postponed. Of course, students aren’t the only ones impacted. Faculties and staffs have altered their curriculums to tailor to the...