Nevada System of Higher Education
Health Sciences System Newsletter 
January 2013
The Health Sciences System (HSS) was established by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents in 2006. Its purpose is to address Nevada's community health issues through a system-wide effort to integrate and expand the education of health professionals and to foster collaborative research in health and health care.  Through collaboration among the NSHE institutions and a broad range of external partners, the HSS intends to be a catalyst for improvement in the health and wellness of Nevada.  Visit us at:
WNC nursing students score 100 percent pass rate 


Not long ago, Nevada ranked near the bottom of the pecking order when it came to students' first-time pass rates for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses.


But a perfect pass rate by Western Nevada College, along with results from other nursing programs in the state have helped elevate Nevada into one of the top test pass-rate success stories.


The Nevada State Board of Nursing has learned that Nevada ranked second nationally in 2012, behind only Oregon, in its first-time student pass rates on the NCLEX-RN test. Oregon edged out Nevada, 94.40 percent to 94.37 percent, for the year.


"I can't tell you how proud I am of how hard so many nurses in Nevada have worked to improve this performance," said Roseann Colosimo of the Nevada State Board of Nursing. "For those who are not aware, five-to-six years ago, we were 46th."


WNC nursing students scored achieved a 100 percent pass rate after completing their two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing last spring. The NCLEX-RN test validates a nursing graduate's competencies as a nurse and helps nursing boards make licensing decisions.


"Receiving a perfect pass rate on the NCLEX-RN confirms that the WNC nursing program is successfully preparing employable graduates for a career that sustains families, and offers immense benefit to our community and our local economy," said Dr. Judith Cordia, director of Nursing and Allied Health at WNC.


For 2012 statewide, 871 of the 923 students who sat for the NCLEX test in Nevada were successful. In Oregon, 1,197 of 1,268 students passed the exam.


Colosimo's reaction was proud.  "Congratulations to the board members who held the line. Congratulations to the nursing education leadership who set high standards and brought the performance to such an improved level. Congratulations to faculty who made it happen."

Other states near the top of the pass-rate rankings were North Carolina 94.06 percent, New Hampshire 93.85, Tennessee 93.54, Missouri 93.43 and South Carolina 93.37.


UNLV School of Nursing Ranked Among Top 20 Online Graduate Nursing Programs 

UNLV's School of Nursing was ranked among the top 20 online graduate nursing programs in the nation, according to the 2013 U.S. News & World Report of best online graduate degree programs.


The Masters of Science in Nursing program ranked 18th out of 101 programs, which offer the curriculum entirely online.


U.S. News ranked online master's of nursing programs in four distinct areas: admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, student engagement and accreditation and student services technology.

U.S. News has ranked online programs for two years. This is the first time UNLV was featured in the list.


"Our efforts help students from around the country to receive individualized attention with highly qualified faculty members, allowing them to connect personally and strengthening students' connection to the school," said Carolyn Yucha, dean of the School of Nursing. "UNLV's office of online education works diligently to ensure that our faculty and students are embracing the future of online learning."


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Redfield grant supports UNSOM Student Outreach Clinic

Unsom Student Outreach Clinic



















The student organizers of the Student Outreach Clinic are pleased to announce a generous donation from the Nell J. Redfield Foundation in the amount of $60,000 to support the continued operations of the clinic.


The Student Outreach Clinic exists to provide general acute and chronic disease care, pediatric and women's health care, diabetes care, geriatric care and immunizations to the underserved, uninsured members of the Northern Nevada community.


Clinics scheduled for this month include a general clinic on Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon, a children's clinic on Feb. 12 from 6-9 p.m. and a women's clinic on Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon. All clinics are held at the School of Medicine's Family Medicine Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus and serve patients on a first-come, first-served basis.

Previous gifts from the Redfield Foundation have supported the purchase of medical supplies, immunizations, patient laboratory tests, and necessary referrals for patients requiring more in-depth care. The foundation also contributed to the implementation of electronic medical record usage last year, which has allowed medical students to further expand their clinic operations and more efficiently serve the Northern Nevada community.


Students who worked on submitting the grant request to the Redfield Foundation this year include Tatini Datta, Rory DeTar, Steven Poertner, and Marisa Shiode.

Joel and Carol Bower School-Based Health Center receives $50,000 Dignity Health Grant
Dr. Coffman photo
 Sherrilyn Coffman, director of  the School-Based Health  Center and dean of nursing at  Nevada State College and  Sister Katie McGrail, V.P. of  Mission Integration for the  Siena Campus of St. Rose  Dominican Hospitals, during  the grant awards luncheon.

The Dr. Joel and Carol Bower School-Based Health Center (SBHC), located in Henderson on the Basic High School campus, is proud to have received a $50,000 grant from Dignity Health to support its asthma management program during an awards luncheon early this January.


"Asthma is the most common sever chronic illness in children and is therefore a leading cause of school absences," said Sherrilyn Coffman, director of the center and dean of nursing at Nevada State College. "One of our goals at the SBHC is to keep students in school. The support through the Dignity Health 2012 Community Grants Program will help us continue to serve students affected by this illness."  


This is the third year in a row the SBHC has been awarded funds via the Community Grants Program and the fifth year in a row it has received funding support from Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West).



Did you know: 
The Nevada System of Higher Education has 150 distinct Health Sciences programs throughout eight institutions with an estimated total of 18,000 enrolled students.
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