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Angela Amar Named Dean of UNLV School of Nursing

The UNLV Workplace of the Executive Vice President and Provost called Angela Amar the next dean of the university’s School of Nursing, effective January 1, 2018.

Amar is presently associate dean for undergraduate research studies and primary variety officer of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta where she leads all undergraduate programs, consisting of pre-nursing courses and accelerated programs, for over 500 students. As dean for the UNLV School of Nursing, Amar will lead one of the university’s longest running programs that informs nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate students each year within four degree programs.

“Angela is an effective leader, an award-winning author, and an accomplished scientist,” said Diane Chase, UNLV executive vice president and provost. “She brings with her fantastic enthusiasm and wonderful ideas for ways to move our School of Nursing forward. We aspire to welcome her to UNLV.”

In her role at Emory University, Amar redesigned the school’s undergraduate curriculum to include courses in population health, ambulatory care, and palliative care; and grew pre-requisite courses that enlist an extra 250 trainees each year. She also led modifications that helped enhance pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) from 77 percent to 96 percent.

Prior to signing up with Emory, Amar was the program director for the Advanced Forensic Nursing Program at Boston College from 2008 to 2012, throughout which time she also served as a tenured associate teacher at the William F. Connell School of Nursing.

Amar’s medical specializeds are adult mental health and forensic nursing. She has actually devoted her career to boosting diversity in nursing management and to improving care and assistance for survivors of violence and injury when they get in the health care system. Her research study focuses on preventing dating violence and violence versus females, which has actually been moneyed by multiple federal government firms and foundations. Her work has actually appeared in more than 50 peer-reviewed posts and book chapters. Throughout 2016, Amar received book-of-the-year honors from the American Journal of Nursing for A Practical Overview Of Forensic Nursing, which she co-authored.

As dean of the UNLV School of Nursing, Amar stated that she prepares to continue advancing programs that promote evidence-based practice and long-lasting knowing, foster leadership, and boost diversity within the profession.

“Nursing education is fundamental to enhancing the access to and quality of health care,” Amar stated. “As our nation’s demographics shift, supplying a path for lifelong learning and opportunities for smooth shift to greater degree programs will be necessary to helping nurses satisfy the needs of a progressively varied population, function as leaders, and advance research. This is in best positioning with UNLV’s Top Tier objectives. I anticipate working with trainees, faculty, staff, alumni, and School of Nursing management to advance the school’s neighborhood effect, education and top-notch medical programs.”

Amar will replace Carolyn Yucha, who is retiring after leading the School of Nursing as its dean since 2004.

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