Nevada System of Higher Education
Health Sciences System Newsletter 
February 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:
UNLV School of Nursing Ranked Among Top 10 Percent of Online Graduate Degrees by U.S. News & World Report 

University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Nursing earned a spot among the country's top 10 percent of online graduate nursing programs according to the 2014 U.S. News & World Report of best online graduate degree programs.


The school's Masters of Science in Nursing program ranked 10th out of 130 surveyed programs that offer curriculums entirely online.

U.S. News ranked online nursing programs in four distinct areas: admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, student engagement, and student services and technology. Peer institution ratings were also considered.


This is the second time UNLV School of Nursing has appeared among the list's top 20 programs, which U.S. News began in 2012.


"We continually seek feedback from students, and implement new techniques to enhance our online graduate programs," said Carolyn Yucha, dean of the UNLV School of Nursing. "Our efforts help students from around the country receive individualized attention from our highly qualified faculty members, enabling them to connect personally with their instructors and develop a deeper understanding of the material."


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TMCC Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Students to Provide Care for Children at Give Kids a Smile Day on March 1


TMCC is participating for the seventh year in the national Give Kids a Smile program, started in 2003 by the American Dental Association. David Lund, DDS, will be providing dental exams to uninsured children of TMCC students. Free x-rays, dental cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants are being offered.


"We are providing dental services for 20 children on Saturday, March 1, and have appointments still open," said Julie Stage-Rosenberg, professor of dental hygiene at TMCC.


Ten second-year dental hygiene students will be providing care for Give Kids a Smile Day along with dental assisting students. The hygienists are in their 4th semester of a four-semester program, and they are supervised by Dr. Lund and Stage-Rosenberg.


Dental assisting students and faculty are also volunteering in the event. Data about the services provided and number of children treated is reported back to the ADA. The event is hosted on campus in the Red Mountain Building.


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Cultural Considerations in Health Care held Feb. 24-25 


Students simulate having impaired vision by reading printed material through plastic wrap at the 2014 Cultural Considerations in Health Care workshop on aging. Photo by Susan Hill, APR.

Now in its fourth year, the Cultural Considerations in Health Care event was held Feb. 24 and 25 in the Joe Crowley Student Union at the University of Nevada, Reno.


Sponsored by the Division of Health Sciences and High Sierra Area Health Education Center, it is an interdisciplinary event, created by students for students, providing students in the health sciences an educational experience in cultural awareness and its application to health research, policy and practice.


Cultural Considerations in Health Care attendees attended one or all of a series of presentations and workshops over the two-day event, culminating in a presentation by David Hemenway, Ph.D., professor of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health, and author of "While We Were Sleeping."


Workshops, often discussed in an interactive manner, included a variety of topics such as promoting health care to diverse audiences, caring for transgender and gender non-conforming persons, navigating racial and ethnic inclusion and exclusion, intervention techniques for tobacco dependence, aging sensitivity simulation and health care reform for Nevadans.


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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