Rhigel Jay Alforque-Tan’s extensive expertise includes clinical training in medical surgical, mental health, emergency room, intensive care, and palliative nursing. He is a certified Advanced Nurse Practitioner in three fields of specializations, as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (GNP), and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Tan was previously a tenured professor of nursing at the College of Southern Nevada.
Tan’s research foci are in the development of an Evidenced-Based Practice (EBP) training program among internationally educated nurses and the use of human patient simulation technology in nursing. He developed the Nurse Apprentice Program of Nathan Adelson Hospice through a grant from MGM-Mirage Foundation and was invited to present the program at a National Hospice Leadership Convention in Washington, D.C.
Tan received recognition for the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award for Advance Practice in 2004, received the Governor’s Award for citizen’s achievement (“Garbo sa Sugbo”) in Cebu City, Philippines, and was named Outstanding Alumni from Cebu Normal University. He is actively involved in the Asian community of Las Vegas especially among the Filipinos where he co-founded the KALAHI Philippine Folkloric Ensemble, a cultural community-based organization aimed to unite Filipino-Americans in Las Vegas area through preservation and promotion of the Filipino heritage through arts and culture. He was a board member of the Philippine Nurses Association of Nevada and initiated the formation of an Evidenced Based Practice Committee of the association.
In November 2011, Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada appointed Tan to the Nevada State Board of Nursing, with an appointed term from November 2011 to November 2015. Tan was also a member of the Nevada State Board of Nursing Advisory Committee for Advanced Practice Nursing from 2008-2010, the Clark County Emergency Corps, and the Zetta Kappa Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses.