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Dr. Bernadette Longo, Ph.D., R.N., APHN-BC, CNL

Associate Professor, Clinical Nurse Leader MSN Track Coordinator

Bernadette Longo

Contact Information

  • Email:
  • Phone: (775) 682-7149
  • Fax: (775) 784-4262
  • Office: Pennington Health Sciences Building 306
  • Mail Stop: 0134


  • Ph.D., Public Health, Oregon State University
  • M.S., Nursing Education, Idaho State University
  • B.S.N., Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno
  • A.S.N., Nursing with Honors, Michigan Technological University

Research Program and Expertise

Expert Member: International Volcanic Health Hazard Network    

Clean Air Ambassador - American Nurses Association

Chair of the Environmental Health Committee, Nevada Nurses Association

Dr. Longo is a nurse epidemiologist specializing in Environmental Health. Her main research interests are on populations residing in volcanic environments, and identification of health effects from volcanic air pollution. She has been featured on the Science Channel, CNN International, and Discovery News Channel. Her research was influential in passing health policy legislation to monitor air quality in affected communities around Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii. Dr. Longo continues to research cardiorespiratory health effects associated with degassing volcanoes, and is developing health promotion programs for affected populations.

Current Research Projects

  • The Volcanic Air Pollution Education Project

      Funded by the American College of Emergency Physicians - Hawaii Chapter

  • The Public Health impact for Northern Nevada from 2013 Rim Fire
  • The CARE-Vog Study: Cardiorespiratory Assessment of Residents Exposed to Vog

                Funded by Sigma Theta Tau International Small Grant 2011

  • The Kilauea Volcano Health Study - Phase II

               Funded by the University of Nevada, Junior Faculty Research Award

If you are interested in furthering this research you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Volcano Health Study Fund.

Professional Experience

  • 2006 to 2012 Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing
  • 2006-2009
    Mental Health Nurse Educator, Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV
  • 2001-2005
    Instructor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics during dissertation, Oregon State University; Post-Doctoral Research 1998-2000 Professor of Mental Health Nursing, Universidad National de Peru-Cajamarca, Peru
  • 1998-1999
    Thomas Rumble Fellow in Nursing, Wayne State University
  • 1998-2000
    Andean Rural Health Development
  • 1995-1997
    Instructor of Nursing, Great Basin College, NV
  • 1994
    Instructor of Nursing, Universidad de Cuyo, Argentina
  • 1992-1996
    Nurse Educator, Washoe Medical Center, Reno, NV
  • 1982-1992
    Nurse Manager/Supervisor, Washoe Medical Center, Reno, NV

Press Coverage of Research Highlights

Graduate Students (Chaired)

  • 2015 - Deanna Ferrari-Leong, DNP
    Doctor of Nursing Practice - Leadership
    Project: Transitional Behavioral Integration: An Emphasis on Improving Quality Outcomes through Interprofessional Collaboration amongst a local Health Plan and Private Hospital
  • 2014 - Alicia Glassco, MSN
    Clinical Nurse Leader
    Project: A New Nurse Mentor Program
  • 2014 - Kara Paszek, MSN
    Clinical Nurse Leader
    Project: Recommendations for cardiovascular health in populations residing near degassing volcanoes
  • 2014 - Michael Poulin, MSN
    Advanced Practice Nursing
    Project: ED Nursing: Just Surviving or Thriving? Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Secondary Traumatic Stress
  • 2013 - Elizabeth Willerup, DNP
    Doctor of Nursing Practice - Leadership
    Project: Quality Assessment of a Rapid Behavioral Health Triage Project in a Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic
  • 2013- Heather Prody, MSN, MPH
    Clinical Nurse Leader
    Thesis: Application of the Prody Model for Continuous Quality Improvement to Enhance Work-Life Balance in Nurses of a Clinical Microsystem caring for Veterans
  • 2013 - Nancy Prahm, MSN
    Advanced Practice Nursing
    Project: Lightning Does Strike Twice: A Fulminology Primer for Nurse Practitioners
  • 2013 - Christine Reese, MSN
    Advanced Practice Nursing
    Project: Computer Vision Syndrome: What is it and why do we care?
  • 2012 - Elizabeth King, MSN, CNL
    Clinical Nurse Leader
    Project: Assessing the effectiveness of a new protocol for Hepatitis C-Genotype 1 Treatment for Veterans
  • 2012 - Erin Van Kirk, MSN
    Nurse Educator
    Thesis: Preconception Care Practices of Health Care Providers in Washoe County, NV
  • 2012 - Shannon Bourke, MSN
    Nurse Educator
    Project: Alcohol Withdrawal Education for Nurses
  • 2012 - Lisa Dunkelberg, MSN
    Nurse Educator
    Project: Adolescent Suicide: Education, Prevention and Support
  • 2012 - Katie Bajo, MPH & MSN
    Clinical Nurse Leader
    Project: Implementing a Behavioral Health Integration Program
  • 2012 - Jason King, MSN, CNL
    Clinical Nurse Leader
    Project: The Lagging Health of the American Male: A Call for Men's Health Promotion
  • 2011 - Terry Wycoff, MSN, CNL
    Clinical Nurse Leader
    Project: The role of the Clinical Nurse Leader
  • 2011 - Nicole Forsberg, MSN
    Advance Practice Nursing
    Project: Wildfire Smoke: There is a role for the APN
  • 2011 - Kristen Richardson, MSN Advance Practice Nursing
    Project: Alcohol Withdrawal vs. Primary Psychosis: Can You Tell the Difference?
  • 2009 - Laura Padilla, MSN
    Thesis: Self Prescription of Antibiotics by Latin Americans in Northern Nevada
  • 2009- Rochelle Harding-Walsh, MSN Thesis: Amiodarone Administration: Prevalence and Predictors Associated with Thrombophlebitis in a Cardiac Population
  • 2008 - Shendry Thom, MSN Project: Celiac Disease: A Common Disorder A Guide to Successful Diagnosis and Treatment


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