Nevada System of Higher Education
Health Sciences System Newsletter 

April 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:
Health Sciences System launches Research and Scholarly Activity searchable database

One of the top priorities identified by the Health Sciences System Council was the establishment of a searchable research and scholarly activity database for health sciences faculty throughout the Nevada System of Higher Education.


In response to that directive, the HSS team has designed a database that profiles the areas of expertise of faculty, staff and graduate students in the health sciences programs within the Nevada System of Higher Education. This dynamic and up-to-date database will facilitate greater collaboration and better position participants to identify and secure research grants and increase government and industry partnerships.


The database website can now be found at


The database focuses on research and scholarly activity in all of our institutions of higher education, and includes faculty, staff and graduate students whether at the research institutions, the state college, or the community colleges.


This is a first-of-its-kind project in the state of Nevada, and there is great enthusiasm for the database and the potential for greater collaboration and partnerships within the health sciences programs of the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions.


UNR's Community of Health Sciences  Associate Professor Kristen Clements-Nolle, awareded university's most prestigious teaching award.
UNR Tibbitts winner
2013 Tibbitts Award winner Kristen Clements-Nolle is applauded by members of her class on Monday evening during a surprise presentation of her award in the Lombardi Recreation Building.

It was Trudy Larson's job on Monday evening to play hall monitor on the second floor of the Lombardi Recreation Building.


Larson, the director of the School of Community Health Sciences, made sure that no one even remotely connected with Kristen Clements-Nolle wandered by without being whisked inside a conference room that was strategically located next to Lombardi Room 203B, the classroom where Clements-Nolle was teaching Monday.


Clements-Nolle's family, including husband Jack and sons Owen, 11, and Samuel, 7, was squeezed into Larson's impromptu Green Room. University Provost Kevin Carman was there. So was School of Medicine Dean and Vice President of the Division of Health Sciences Thomas Schwenk, as well as some of Clements-Nolle's colleagues and members of the selection committee for the F. Donald Tibbitts Excellence in Teaching Award.



NSC Nursing students practice pediatric care during annual diabetes camp  
NSC Nursing Diabetes Camp 
Applying their pediatric knowledge and skills in a real-world setting, a group of Nevada State College (NSC) nursing students recently joined the medical staff team at the annual Nevada Diabetes Association (NDA) Camp Vegas. Supervised by School of Nursing Dean Sherrilyn Coffman, the volunteers assisted the NDA by monitoring blood sugar levels and insulin injections for campers age 6-14; and by providing necessary first aid and supervision during camp activities.


The NDA offers Camp Vegas each year in support of children, youth, and families living with diabetes. During the weeklong event, campers take part in arts and crafts and outdoor activities while also learning how to manage type 1 diabetes. Campers are taught how to check their blood sugar levels prior to meals, count the number of carbohydrates consumed during meals, and take the appropriate amount of insulin afterwards.


Held just outside of Las Vegas at Mt. Potisi, the 2013 camp was held March 25-29. This year, NSC camp volunteers included students in the part-time nursing program: Christabell Alquizalas, Ellen Kim, and Estelle DeMesa; regular track student Abigail Atfield; as well as pre-nursing student Aaron Rosenbaum.


"Volunteering is a great way to get more hands on experience as a nursing student," shared Alquizalas. "It's great because it lets you provide patient care that differs from the traditional hospital setting. The environment is completely different so it gives you a different perspective of care."


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School of Medicine partners with Grover C. Dils Medical Center to offer free cancer screenings in Lincoln County

The University of Nevada School of Medicine's Nevada Radiation and Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP) is excited to announce a new partnership with Grover C. Dils Medical Center that will bring free cancer screening clinics to Lincoln County residents.


Nevadans who lived near or worked at the Nevada Test Site during the period of atmospheric nuclear testing (1951 - 1963) may be eligible to participate.


Dr. Michael Luedeman of Grover C. Dils Medical Center will be performing the screenings by appointment only. Dr. Luedeman completed his residency at the University of Nevada School of Medicine where he worked closely with the RESEP program screening patients throughout the state.

According to Melissa Rowe, chief operating officer of Grover C. Dils Medical Center: "Nevada RESEP will provide a vital service to those people in our community that may have potentially been affected by testing at the Nevada Test site many years ago. Dr. Michael Luedeman is very familiar with the program and is thrilled to begin taking patients in our community. We look forward to educating and bringing these services to those people in our community that may otherwise have gone without."


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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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