Financial Aid Awards Increase for NSC Students

By Mandi Enger
Over 3,000 students at Nevada State College received at least one form of financial aid during the 2010-2011 school year. Up from $5 million in 2009, students were awarded approximately $21 million in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans. As the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) application due date for 2012 approaches, all NSC students are highly encouraged to participate.
Due June 30, 2012, the 130-question online FASFA will help determine eligibility for student funding during the 2012-2013-year school. Student applications are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education which in turn notifies the NSC Financial Aid Department with a list of opportunities available for each applicant.
Since 2009 we have more than tripled the dollar amount of funds awarded to our students and that number continues to grow, stated Neil Woolf, director of financial aid at NSC. The more students we can work with to complete the FASFA, the more opportunity we have to secure financial support for their education.
While funding reports for the current year will not be available until the end of summer, the department credits the continued growth of financial aid awards to their outreach efforts and personalized communication with students.
Our staff is working diligently to reverse the certainty many students feel that they are not eligible for aid and are therefore discouraged to even apply, continued Woolf. Simply completing the FASFA opens the door for students to qualify for a variety of state and federal funding opportunities including NSC scholarships and the Nevada State Access Grant.
On average, NSC annually disburses over $700,000 in scholarship funds raised through the Nevada State College Foundation and academic fees.
The most common financial aid award at NSC is the Federal Pell Grant. Nearly 2,000 students at the college were eligible for the Pell Grant in 2012 and received a total of $3.97 million in aid. Similar to scholarships, the grant does not have to be repaid but must be renewed on an annual basis.
As students get started with their FASFA, we encourage them to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically pull in income figures from their filed taxed forms, finished Woolf. It is simple tips like this that our team looks forward to sharing with each student at NSC.
The Financial Aid Department at NSC is located upstairs in Basic and Water II. Counselors are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and may be reached at 702.992.2150 or to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Holocaust Speaking Series Organized for NSC History Class

By Mandi Enger
Students in the spring 2012 History of the Holocaust class at Nevada State College (NSC) were honored to attend a two-part Holocaust survivor speaking series as a segment of their semester coursework. Organized on campus by Dr. Shirli Brautbar and funded by a generous honorarium from the Nevada State College Foundation, the speakers broadened the students understanding of the Holocaust by putting a face and a voice with the history lessons learned in the classroom.
I’m in awe just seeing a survivor of the Holocaust, said Rishawn Conley, a psychology and nursing major. This series was a great opportunity to hear directly from survivors on what they’ve endured.
Local Holocaust survivors including Ben Lesser and Stephen Nasser presented to the class and NSC community in NSC’s Dawson Great Hall at events throughout the semester. Students were challenged by each speaker to not only acknowledge the devastating events of the Holocaust but to understand that they have a strong role in making sure that they are never repeated.
You are of the last generation able to hear from survivors in an era where civilization lost its humanity, opened Ben Lesser during his March 8 presentation. Do not be a bystander as intolerance takes place.
Lesser went on to detail the tragic journey made by his family starting in Krakow, Poland that led to Jewish ghettos and eventually concentration camps. Of five children, only Lesser and one sibling survived.
The evil can lurk in all of us. Keep it at bay. Learn to build up love and tolerance, Lesser advised.
Stephen Nasser, a Holocaust survivor born in Budapest, Hungary, shared Lesser’s focus on the value of all human life as he spoke to NSC students on March 29.
I want to remind all of you to worship your families. Bickering is so minute compared to life; love is much stronger than hate, he said.
Of 21 family members initially pulled from their home by Nazi forces in 1944, Nasser was the only survivor at the end of World War II. Inspired by some of his brother’s final words in the Muhldorf concentration camp, Nasser completed his memoir My Brother’s Voice after the camp was liberated.
No matter what we read, it doesn’t compare to what we can hear. It’s our job to get the stories out for those who did not survive, added Nasser.
Dr. Brautbar teaches the History of the Holocaust course biennially at NSC and works with organizations such as the Las Vegas Holocaust Survivor Group to organize speaking opportunities for each class.
It’s important that we provide the opportunity for our students to acquire knowledge of the Holocaust and recognize its impact from those individuals who have experienced it first-hand, said Brautbar. Upcoming generations will not have the chance to meet face-to-face with survivors, hear their stories, and have their questions answered.
For more information on NSC history courses or upcoming speaking events, contact Dr. Brautbar or visit the history program section of NSC website.

School of Nursing Curriculum Integrates Electronic Health Record Software

By Mandi Enger
With a focus on classroom technology that translates into highly sought-after career skills, Nevada State College (NSC) will have the Electronic Health Record (EHR) training software, Neehr Perfect, fully integrated into its nursing curriculum by fall 2012. Initially introduced into the regular track nursing program in late 2010, the software used on tablet computers and netbooks has expanded into the accelerated track program and is currently in use by approximately 50 students.
It’s been a quick process for our faculty and students to become accustomed to working with Neehr Perfect during lectures as well as during clinical, said Cheryl Darby-Carlberg, a lecturer in the School of Nursing. We’re proud to have the final track of part-time students begin working with the program this fall.
In 2010, the Neehr Perfect software license was obtained by School of Nursing Dean, Shirlee Snyder through a federal grant.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 calls for healthcare providers to adopt the use of electronic health records by 2015 and the medical field is quickly adapting, said Dean Snyder. It’s important for our BSN graduates to be well versed in this new technology as they enter the workforce.
Medical facilities adopting certified EHR before the 2015 deadline will be eligible for incentive rewards through Medicare. After 2015, providers continuing to use paper charts will be penalized with a 1% reduction in Medicare payments.
Nearly 60% of health care facilities have already made the transition to the electronic records, continued Snyder. NSC nursing graduates will be ready as this figure will only increase.
EHRs are designed to build a more seamless and error-free system of patient care. The electronic programs assist providers in organizing a patient’s care, from establishing their medical history to storing their current prescriptions and doctors’ orders. In a hospital setting, the software is also programmed to alert care providers of possible errors such as past-due lab results or possible prescription dosage concerns. The use of electronic records additionally improves the speed and reliability of transferring health information from provider to provider.
While EHR programs can vary by facility, the NEHR Perfect system used by NSC has been modeled after the Veterans Administration EHR system as it is the benchmark for certified systems.
Nursing students utilizing the training software at NSC practice electronic charting during clinical work, access case study trainings and take exams tailored specifically to the NSC nursing curriculum. During exercises in both case study settings and work at partnering hospitals, students learn what patient information is required by the charting system, how to input the data, how to highlight areas of concern for doctors, and how to respond to doctors’ orders.
The Neehr Perfect software is user friendly, and it’s very helpful to document on a system similar to those in the hospitals, stated Kathleen York, a current NSC nursing student. The program has given me a better understanding of a hospital workflow and the skills necessary to effectively manage patient care.
Student work completed in the Neehr Perfect program is submitted to NSC faculty for review and feedback. Upon graduation, a portfolio comprised of a student’s best work can additionally be shared during a job interview process to showcase their skill and understanding of EHRs.
Neehr Perfect truly engages our students through hands-on experience that translates into career skills, finished Darby-Carlberg. NSC is always looking for ways to be innovative with curriculum and Neehr Perfect has helped us do just that.