Nevada System of Higher Education
Health Sciences System Newsletter 
May 2012
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:
HSS working to establish a searchable research and scholarly database for all NSHE health sciences faculty

With the guidance and direction of the Health Sciences System Council, the HSS staff is working to  establish a searchable research and scholarship database for health sciences faculty throughout the Nevada System of Higher Education.  This project is designed to facilitate greater collaboration between faculty and their peers as well as potential government and industry partners.  By creating a dynamic and up-to-date database, faculty will be better positioned and more successful in identifying potential partners for research, grants or other scholarly collaborative projects.

The first phase of this project, to gather faculty information through an online survey, is underway.  Once the surveys are completed, the information gathered will be incorporated into a website designed to facilitate the ability to conduct key-word searches enabling users to identify potential partners for collaboration.

This is an exciting project and the first of its kind for our health sciences programs.  For more information please contact Tessa Stewart with the Health Sciences System at


TMCC holds largest commencement in college's history
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On Friday, May 18, Truckee Meadows Community College held its largest commencement yet with more than 1,000 graduates at the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Included in the ceremonies were 54 graduates from the Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program. The program, which is the top nursing program in the state, has held a 100 percent pass rate for all graduates who took the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for two consecutive years. Additionally, the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs, which are ranked in the top three in the nation, graduated a combined 28 students. 


UNLV awards first Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at spring commencement

The UNLV School of Nursing recently graduated its first class of doctoral candidates in the nursing practice program, which was created to address the rising needs in the state's health care system.


The program was established as part of a national effort to improve the quality of patient care by creating advanced degrees in nursing.


"The increasing complexities of the health care system creates a need for nurses who are doctorally prepared and who have the skills necessary to identify and implement change," said Tish Smyer, associate dean for academic affairs at the nursing school. "These are the nurse practitioners who can get in and really make things happen."

The program is a collaboration of UNLV and the University of Nevada, Reno that allows students to learn from experienced and expert faculty from both institutions. It is also offered completely online, creating flexibility for busy professionals.


UNSOM Class of 2012 graduates 56, prepares for residency
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Commencement ceremonies for the University of Nevada School of Medicine Class of 2012 were held recently at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno. 


The 56 graduating students celebrated completion of their medical education by receiving their academic hoods and reciting the Hippocratic Oath, which reaffirms their commitment to the medical profession.


Florence Jameson, M.D., in obstetrics and gynecology at the Women's Wellness Center in Las Vegas and president of the Nevada State Medical Association served as the ceremony keynote speaker.


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Health Sciences Spotlight:  Nevada State College
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Nevada State College was proud to award a record number of Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees during the May 11, 2012 Commencement Ceremony.



On May 11, 2012, Nevada State College (NSC) was proud to award the largest number of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees to students during a single commencement ceremony since the college's inception in 2002. A total of 104 nursing graduates received their diplomas at the ceremony held at the Henderson Pavilion.


"It's overwhelming to see the talent and dedication represented in this year's graduating class," said Dean of Nursing Shirlee Snyder. "Our BSNs truly exemplify the knowledge, skill and heart required to excel in their field."


Since the first commencement ceremony at the college in 2004, approximately 700 students have graduated from the nursing program. 


The 2012 graduates will now work to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses as the final step in becoming licensed care providers. On average, graduates of the NSC nursing program have passed the rigorous licensure exam at an impressive rate of 88% since 2010.


"To support our graduates with the transition from student to practicing nurse, NSC launched a nurse residency program in partnership with Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center," stated Ruby Wertz, assistant dean of nursing. "The first cohort successfully completed the program in December 2011 and the second group is now underway."


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State license plates supporting health care now available 


Through a show of support for Nevadans receiving the finest health care, by honoring those who have dedicated their lives to the profession of caring about other's health and wellbeing, and to specifically benefit the Silver State's transplant patients, the Nevada DMV is now offering a new specialty license plate called "Supporting Healthcare."


The money generated from the specialty license plates will help fund transplant care in Nevada. Across the country, more than 112,500 people are on a waiting list for an organ donation. Here in Nevada, 85 patients are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.

The "Supporting Healthcare" license plate is available by going to any DMV office, or


Twenty-five dollars from every "Supporting Healthcare" license plate that is purchased and twenty dollars from every registration renewal will help fund transplant care in our state.

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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