Nevada System of Higher Education
Health Sciences System Newsletter 
January 2014
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:
Nevada receives grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help lead efforts to transform health care through nursing 
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced that the Nevada Action Coalition will be part of a $4.5 million initiative, the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program. The program is helping states prepare the nursing profession to address our nation's most pressing health care challenges -- access, quality, and cost. RWJF announced ten states that are joining the program this month; it launched with 20 states in February.

The State Implementation Program bolsters efforts already underway in 50 states and the District of Columbia-the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action -to improve health and health care through nursing. A joint initiative of AARP and RWJF, the Campaign is working to implement the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) evidence-based recommendations on the future of nursing. It provides a vehicle for nurses at all levels to lead system change to improve care for patients and families through collaboration with business, consumer, and other health professional organizations.

"We are pleased that NSHE has this opportunity to partner with the Nevada Action Coalition to promote nursing education throughout our state," said Dan Klaich, chancellor of NSHE. "Working with our colleagues at the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, the Governor's Office of Economic Development, and myriad nursing leaders and other health care stakeholders, I am confident we will better prepare Nevada's nurses for success in a changing workforce environment."

UNR School of Social Work, implements and practices interprofessional education



In the picture to the left, Cathy Butler and Erin Snell helped students analyze the case. In the picture to the right, Shannon Aldworth (third to the right) worked with students on how to use a concept map to organize and prioritize the client's issues.



This fall semester, students in Social Work 712 course taught by Gloria Messick Svare, Ph.D., associate professor, School of Social Work, University of Nevada, Reno,engaged in a series of interprofessional experiences with nursing, psychiatry and psychology.  Using a case study developed by Shannon Aldworth, MSN, RN and Erin Snell, LCSW, MBA from the Center of Hope of the Sierras-a local treatment facility for women and men with eating disorders-social work students learned about how other health-related professionals conceptualize complex case material. Thanks to the professionals who gave their time and expertise, students gained insights into how professionals from other disciples think. Thanks to Cathy Butler, MSN, RN, AHNC,Orvis School of Nursing and her nursing students; Melissa Piasecki, M.D., senior associate dean for academic affairs, School of Medicine; and Jane Fisher, Ph.D., professor of psychology, director of Nevada Caregivers Support Center for their participation.


Nevada Department of Transportation awards traffic safety grant to school of Medicine 


'Pedestrian killed.' 'Child struck by car.' Headlines like these are all too common these days, so the University of Nevada School of Medicine has partnered with the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety to address traffic safety through development of a database that combines car crash scene data with trauma hospital data to continue traffic safety research.


The Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety awarded a grant to the School of Medicine for the 2013-2014 grant year to continue maintaining that previously-established database.


The grant allows for data from 2012 and on-the-scene death information to be added to the database to provide a more complete picture of the factors that might put individuals at risk for traffic- related injuries and the economic impacts of those injuries. In addition, statistical analysis and models will be used to identify predictive factors for traffic-related injuries.

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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