The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
has been named a National
Center of Excellence for Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing
(NLN) in recognition of their educational excellence and visionary leadership. The
university was one of 10 programs nationwide to be named a Center of Excellence
by the NLN, the leading professional organization for nurse
School of Nursing was recognized for
its sustained excellence in student learning and professional development in
nursing and becomes the first institution in Nevada to earn the
Angela Amar, dean and professor of the School of Nursing at UNLV, tells unlv.edu, “This is a testament to the teaching excellence, dedication, and innovation that our faculty demonstrate daily. We’re committed to delivering innovative educational experiences that transform student learning and advance the health of Nevada’s citizens.”
nursing profession is growing at a rapid pace. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects
a 15 percent growth in employment opportunities for registered nurses through
2026 with several factors driving that growth, including the country’s aging
population and the need to replace retiring health care workers.
an effort to meet the demand for more nurses, UNLV is expanding its competitive
undergraduate program. Starting this fall, a total of 216 students will be
accepted annually over three cohorts, an increase of 50 percent since fall
2017. The rigorous year-round undergraduate curriculum can be completed in just
16 months and speeds the transition of BSN-prepared graduates into the
To learn more about the University of
Nevada, Las Vegas being named a National
Center of Excellence for Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing,
The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
has rewarded the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing with a
$900,000 grant. UNLV will put the grant toward expanding new advanced training
opportunities and continuing education for nurses.
UNLV received the grant to develop nursing certificates designed
to meet specific needs around the state, such as teaching, specialty care, and
“We are excited to be able to expand the skills and competencies of Nevada nurses as clinical research nurses, genetics counselors, and clinical preceptors,” Angela Amar, professor and dean of the UNLV School of Nursing, shared with the UNLV News Center. “This funding allows us the opportunity to advance the health of Nevada citizens by increasing the capabilities of our nurses.”
The grant support, which originated from the GOED’s Workforce Innovations for a New Nevada program, is a continuation of UNLV’s plans in recent years to work on solving the state’s continually evolving medical needs. The UNLV School of Nursing has seen an admission increase of 50 percent since fall 2017 for BSN candidates. The school also has one of the top-ranked online master’s degree programs, and is also home to the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV). The CSCLV, a technologically advanced educational facility, provides nursing and medical students opportunities to practice their skills through various simulations.
“At the UNLV School of Nursing, we educate nurses to provide the highest quality care for the citizens of Nevada,” Amar said. “The developing Las Vegas medical district and UNLV medical school make it important that nursing grows also. The increase in enrollment furthers our ability to meet the health care needs of our diverse population. With a critical need for highly trained nurses across our region and state, expanding our BSN class sizes will increase the number of graduates who can meet this demand.”
The planned certificate programs, which include Certified
Nursing Assistant Instructors, Clinical Research Administrators, and Health
Information Technology and Data Analytics, were developed in partnership with several
health care organizations across the state, such as University Medical Center
of Southern Nevada, and Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada. These partners
will help with job placement for all certification program participants.
The Valley Health System, University Medical Center of
Southern Nevada, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, and the Kenny Guinn
Center for Policy Priorities. Health care employer partners, along with
projected industry growth, will ensure successful placement of participants following
their completion of the various programs, to ensure these nurses provide the
best possible care to Nevada patients.
For more information about UNLV’s School of Nursing, click here.