Nevada System of Higher Education
Health Sciences System Newsletter 
July 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:  http://system.nevada.edu/
Vice Chancellor Of Health Sciences, Marcia Turner, appointed to Clark County Medical Society Board of Trustees
The Health Sciences System (HSS) of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is continuing its work to partner with health care stakeholders in the state of Nevada. Most recently, Marcia Turner, Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences, was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Clark County Medical Society (CCMS). She will serve as an ex-officio member of the board representing NSHE and its eight public colleges and universities.

"I am honored to be asked to serve in this capacity and I look forward to working with incoming president Keith Brill, MD and the rest of the Clark County Medical Society members and staff to help address the many health care challenges and opportunities in Nevada," said Vice Chancellor Turner. "I'm also happy to serve as a liaison between the CCMS and the many health sciences degree and certificate programs throughout the Nevada System of Higher Education."

Vice Chancellor Turner also serves as the chair of the Governor's Workforce Investment Board, Health Care and Medical Services Sector Council.

     



NSC School of Nursing faculty to write for NCLEX-RN

Nevada State College Nursing Lecturer Susan Growe has been designated by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to serve on the 2013 item writing panel for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Nursing faculty members and clinicians from across the country are invited to apply for the volunteer positions each year; however, a limited number are selected from each state to participate on the prestigious panel.  

 

Growe will travel to Chicago this August to contribute to the weeklong writing conference.

 

"It's an honor to have been chosen to represent both our state and Nevada State College on the NCLEX-RN item writing panel," said Growe. "Every nurse in the nation is required to take this exam prior to beginning work and I'm delighted to provide my input and help uphold a standard of excellence in our field. Writing for the exam has been on my bucket list since I began teaching."

 

The pass rate for NSC nursing graduates completing the NCLEX-RN during the first quarter of 2013 was 100%

 

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UNLV Biostatistician Sheniz Moonie zeroes in on the factors that influence the health of Nevadans, particularly those with asthma. 

If you're researching how Nevada stacks up against the rest of the nation in various health statistics categories, chances are you'll come across Sheniz Moonie's work. The UNLV professor of epidemiology and biostatistics is more than adept at the numbers game.

 

As the southern director for the Nevada Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, Moonie helps oversee an annual program, done in cooperation with the University of Nevada, Reno, that collects vital health statistics for the state. The project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The annual survey of about 4,000 Nevadans gives insights into how the state fares with issues like asthma rates, diabetes, heart disease and numerous other diseases.

 

Moonie also collaborated on a CDC-funded Healthy Homes grant, which evaluated the safety of homes of Clark County residents and offered suggestions and resources for fixing them. A longtime asthma researcher, Moonie helped with that portion of the study. For another collaboration, she is working on intervention efforts for obese people with asthma.

 

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Goutham M. Menon joins University as director of the School of Social Work  
 

Following a nationwide search, the University of Nevada, Reno is pleased to welcome Goutham M. Menon as its new director of the School of Social Work.

 

Menon, who comes to Nevada from the University of Texas at San Antonio, said Nevada's social work program has been doing well, with a stable student population and faculty, and will offer him the opportunity to build on that base.

 

"We are looking to expand access to students across the state, so this move is a good fit for me," Menon said. "Our faculty is positive and willing to explore and develop these opportunities."

 

According to Menon, the social work workforce has historically been low in Nevada. Working in consultation with faculty, he intends to grow that pool of new professionals by reaching out to prospective students through traditional classroom settings for the School of Social Work's undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and expanding its offerings of on-line and hybrid degrees.

 

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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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