Nursing News

Stories about Orvis students, faculty, and academics

A group of 25 students, faculty and friends standing in front of a float decorated for pride, holding a pride flag
Orvis School of Nursing parades proudly at Northern Nevada Pride

Orvis School of Nursing has celebrated Northern Nevada Pride for another year, participating in the parade and festival

A group of nine smiling people posing for the camera at the Interprofessional Care 2023 TTX Training Exercise
Health students participate in emergency management training

Organizational Resilience in partnership with Orvis School of Nursing and the School of Public Health have delivered disaster management training to health students.

Principal of the Uganda Nursing School Bwindi, Robert Kamugisha, Principal of the Uganda College of Health Sciences Bwindi, Onesmus Keizire, Associate Professor at Orvis School of Nursing, Deborah Lowell Shindell, Tutor and Deputy Registrar at the Uganda Nursing School, Bwindi Andrew Ansinguza in front of the Orvis School of Nursing sign
Uganda School of Nursing, Bwindi visits Orvis School of Nursing

Orvis School of Nursing has welcomed a team from Uganda School of Nursing, Bwindi and Bwindi Community Hospital as part of an international partnership focused on the sharing of knowledge and experiences.

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Cameron Duncan inducted to the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Duncan currently serves as the Interim Dean of the University’s Orvis School of Nursing

An aerial view of the University of Nevada, Reno campus with the Joe Crowley Student Union and the E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center in focus.
U.S. News ranks three University of Nevada, Reno online graduate programs as top in the country

Nursing, executive MBA and education recognized as “2022 Best Online Programs”

Lindsay stands with fellow U.S. Navy members during her induction ceremony into the U.S. Navy
Orvis School of Nursing student accepted into U.S. Navy Nurse Candidate Program

Lindsay Zieschang graduates with her BSN in December and then immediately goes on to complete an 8-year service as a nurse in the U.S. Navy

Professor Shannon Richard operating the Orvis School of Nursing birthing simulator
Birthing simulator helps nursing students get labor and delivery experience During COVID

Orvis School of Nursing childbirth simulator provides student birthing scenarios they may not ever see in a real hospital setting

Mark Gabot in a graduation cap and gown
Faces of the Pack: Mark Gabot has a passion for research and healthcare

Doctor of Nursing student pursues the changes he wants to see in healthcare through graduate education

Dean Debera Thomas, left, and Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci, right, standing outside the Pennington Health Sciences Building
If vaccinated people can get COVID, why should I get vaccinated?

Orvis School of Nursing Dean Debera Thomas and School of Public Health Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci discuss why it's important to get vaccinated, even if you can still get COVID-19

Debera Thomas and Muge Akpinar at a University football game
What is a breakthrough infection?

School of Public Health Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci and Orvis School of Nursing Dean Debera Thomas discuss breakthrough infections and why they matter

Dean Debera Thomas, left, and Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci, right, standing outside in grass on University of Nevada, Reno campus
Why does everyone want me to get vaccinated?

School of Public Health Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci and Orvis School of Nursing Dean Debera Thomas discuss why it’s important to get vaccinated

Dean Debera Thomas, left, and Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci, right, standing outside the Pennington Health Sciences Building
Is the vaccine riskier than getting COVID?

Orvis School of Nursing Dean Debera Thomas and School of Public Health Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci compare the risks of getting the vaccine versus getting COVID-19

A group of nursing students wearing blue Orvis School of Nursing scrubs and masks
A sense of community will help undergrads recover from COVID

Research by Orvis School of Nursing faculty, Lisa Thomas, Ph.D., RN, CNE, FAAN reveals how faculty and the university can help students transition back to campus after COVID

University of Nevada, Reno alumna Mariah Zinn poses for a photo in her nursing scrubs near the University of Nevada, Reno Quad.
Faces of the Pack: Mariah Zinn

Alumna serves healthcare community as registered nurse, serves LGBTQIA+ community by 'making every patient feel included and accepted'

Orvis School of Nursing booth at Northern Nevada Pride festival
Orvis School of Nursing Supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work with Sponsorship of Pride Festival

Orvis sponsors Northern Nevada Pride Festival for third year in a row and continues work towards diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) on campus and in the community

A group of Orvis School of Nursing students in their scrubs standing inside a hospital during clinicals
Orvis Nursing students graduate despite turmoil and personal tragedy

While the community was on lockdown, Orvis School of Nursing students graduating May 2021 assisted on the front lines and overcame great personal tragedies in order to graduate.

Cameron Duncan left and Megan Pratt right
Orvis School of Nursing staff receive national recognition

Two staff members from the Orvis School of Nursing were recently recognized for their contributions to their field.

Orvis School of Nursing student association students standing with Orvis School of Nursing bags inside Pennington Health Sciences building
Orvis Student Nurses' Association creates food and supply pantry for nursing students

Nursing students in need can sign up for anonymous food and supply pantry through the school's student association

Orvis School of Nursing master programs enhance nurse's professional skills
Orvis School of Nursing Online Graduate Program Ranked Among Nation's Best

U.S. News and Review ranks Orvis School of Nursing online master's program as top 100 online nursing programs in the country

Haley Carroll sit in grass with nursing student uniform on
Nursing Graduate Accepts Oncology Job On 5-Year Anniversary of Being Cancer Free

Haley Carroll graduated from Orvis School of Nursing in December 2020. Just five years earlier Haley was battling cancer unsure of her future.

Morrill Hall on the south end of the University of Nevada, Reno
University honors Fall 2020 Senior Scholar recipients

University of Nevada, Reno and the Nevada Alumni Association recognize 9 graduates with top grade-point average

Brittany Toalson, CNA and Jessica Lamb '12 , RN. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Lamb)
Health care alumni share stories from the front lines

From why they entered the field to what a "regular" shift looks like, these alumni open up about their lives during the pandemic

Tanya Kelley and Scott Mensing at the Fall 2019 Community Based Research Symposium
Undergraduate Research: growing interest, growing support, new director

Tanya Kelley named to guide the range of programs and services to encourage pursuit of research, scholarly and creative activities by undergraduates

Posed are the 20+ participants in the final Sponsored Projects Academy session
Cohort completes inaugural Sponsored Projects Academy

Program better connects individuals to the bigger picture: the administrative processes, network and impact of the research enterprise

A doctor works with a patient who is holding a medical device
Do I need a primary care provider?

Alexandra Watson, ’17 M.D., University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine family medicine chief resident, discusses the ins and outs of primary care providers.

Faculty member and student in front of research-project poster
Ahmad Itani named associate vice president for research

His career studying and improving engineering of bridges now shifts to building connections to resources, opportunities, colleagues

2 faculty member sitting at desk in office with neuroscience-related images on the computer screens
Institute for Neuroscience to help a multidisciplinary center of excellence become even stronger

James Kenyon named director of University of Nevada, Reno institute designed to complement and extend the energy, experience and potential in the neurosciences

Dr. Neda Etezadi-Amoli speaking about heart health
How do heart attack symptoms differ in men and women?

Dr. Neda Etezadi-Amoli, FACOG, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, discusses heart health.

Libraries Multimedia Specialist Michelle Rebaleati works with "SIM Mom" at UNR Med to compose the shot for the 360-degree, 3D virtual reality footage she and colleague Luka Starmer created for the research study
University Libraries, partners using Virtual Reality to revolutionize medical education

University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Reno, along with UNR Med, Renown and several University Departments are working together to revolutionize nursing and medical education at Nevada.

Lava flow in Kilauea swallows paved road with trees and a mailbox in the foreground and flames in the background
Orvis Emerita faculty deployed to Kilauea volcanic eruption

Orvis Emerita faculty Bernadette Longo is an expert on health effects from volcanic air pollution and joined a U.S. Department of Interior Strategic Sciences Group in Kilauea

Researcher shines light on a test tube in a darkened lab
Center for Advanced Studies advocates for researchers

Past University research honorees offer faculty community a voice on campus and beyond

Dianna Townsend is awarded the Tibbitts Award
Tibbitts Award winners Richard and Townsend share passion for teaching

Shannon Richard of Nursing and Dianna Townsend of Education are the 2018 Tibbitts Award winners

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Five myths about HPV and cervical cancer

Misinformation is dangerous. Debunking these human papillomavirus myths could save your life.

Orvis students at HOPES
Orvis students reach vulnerable seniors with nutritional information

Recipes, cooking utensils, menus distributed at Nov. 16 event at Washoe County Senior Center

Two Orvis School of Nursing Students at the Night of All Nations event
Orvis School of Nursing demonstrates the importance of reading nutrition food labels

Sugar content of international beverages discussed at Night of All Nations

Lisa Thomas and Wei-Chen Tung
Two Orvis School of Nursing faculty named as Fellows

Wei-Chen Tung, Lisa Thomas inducted into prestigious American Academy of Nursing

Dean Patsy Ruchala
Orvis School of Nursing's Ruchala honored as 2017 Healthcare Hero

Recognized for her work as a community partner

Patsy Ruchala, professor and dean of Orvis School of Nursing
University Orvis School of Nursing dean receives lifetime achievement nursing award

Patsy Ruchala, dean of OSN, is recognized and awarded for her lifetime achievements and success in nursing

Patsy Ruchala
Ruchala named dean of Orvis School of Nursing

Marks reinstatement of Orvis School of Nursing as independent school

University honors 2016 Spring Senior Scholar recipients

Colleges recognize students with top grade-point average at banquet May 11

Gearing up for 2015 fall semester with new academic programs

University adds programs ranging from cyber security minor to graduate programs in neuroscience

Nursing students help educate international community on nutritional health

Students conducted informational sessions, provided information on how to read nutrition labels

Orvis School of Nursing welcomes mental health nursing track to master’s program

Track will open to those enrolling in the program for fall semester 2015

Orvis School of Nursing students host canned food drive

Local seniors receive Halloween treats from Orvis School of Nursing

Orvis School of Nursing awarded grant from Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare to fund doctoral nursing students

Grant is part of a national initiative to address nursing faculty shortage

Top ROTC and nursing student stands out from the Pack

Caitlyn Adley chosen to represent University at National Student Nurses’ Convention

University ROTC student takes leap toward her future

University of Nevada, Reno ROTC cadet graduates from U.S. Army Airborne School

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Grad programs ranked among the nation’s best

University of Nevada, Reno earns four graduate school, 24 graduate program rankings

Bernadette Longo quoted on KUNR regarding smoke danger

Nursing professor shares details on hazards related to Rim Fire smoke

Orvis faculty invited to prestigious leadership program

Executive program cultivates tomorrow’s nursing leaders

Visiting USAC professor involves students in Costa Rica health initiative

Research project on music in the workplace helps students examine stress levels in healthcare setting

Nevada universities’ collaborative Doctor of Nursing Practice degree accredited

University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of Nevada, Reno partnership serves as national model

University of Nevada, Reno nursing students hold health fair at Gospel Mission

Students seek to provide education on health-care issues identified as problems by the homeless

Susan Ervin
Tibbitts winner a master at ensuring success of others

Orvis' Susan Ervin, 2012's top teacher, reflects on notable career

Orvis School of Nursing programs receive notification of re-accreditation

Bachelor’s and master’s degree programs pass rigorous test

Nursing students hold health fair at St. Vincent’s

Students seek to provide education on health-care issues identified as problems by the homeless

Nursing students collect canned goods for seniors

University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing students chip in to help residents of Sierra Manor

Nevada universities’ Doctor of Nursing Practice degree receives federal grant

University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of Nevada, Reno collaboration serves as national model

University receives international award for web-based course

Third consecutive year University has received the award

Nevada nursing professor awarded National Institutes of Health grant

Mounting research shows increased health risks from volcanic air pollution

Nevada universities to offer new Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

Researcher featured on “Against the Elements”

Orvis School of Nursing students ace exam

Those living near volcanoes at risk for acute bronchitis

Orvis graduates ace top national licensing exam

Forty-seven nursing students to have bright future

Professor inducted into Western Academy of Nursing

Orvis School of Nursing ‘Marches for Babies’

Equipped in the mind, led by the heart