Southern Nevada’s Frst NICU at Sunrise Children’s Hospital Celebrates 50 Years

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Southern Nevada’s first neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, is celebrating 50 years of quality, compassionate care for the youngest and most vulnerable patients in our community. The NICU, which cares for more than a thousand babies every year, opened in 1974. Today, it is the most advanced and largest Level III NICU in Nevada.

“It’s extremely rewarding to see the passion and dedication of our NICU physician teams, neonatologists, and nurses as they tend to the tiny patients in our care,” said Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital Chief Executive Officer Todd P. Sklamberg. “Being the most advanced and comprehensive children’s hospital in the state is a source of great pride.”

Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers a full array of comprehensive care for the state’s smallest and sickest babies. For example, it is the only hospital in Nevada to perform neonatal Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) which takes over the functions of a baby’s heart and/or lungs to allow healing and recovery.

It is also the first hospital in the state to perform total body cooling on infants in distress. The procedure promotes healing after a traumatic birth by slowing the body’s functions through cooling. Additionally, Sunrise Children’s Hospital has an extensive neonatal surgical program.

In its 50-year history, the youngest baby cared for in the NICU was just 22 weeks old. The smallest was only 0.83 pounds, or 13 ounces, which is less than a bottle of water. A NICU stay can range from one day to more than a year. The average stay is 23 days. Each year the NICU admits more than 100 babies with very low birthweights consisting of less than 3.3 pounds, or 52.91 ounces.

Beyond the care delivered by exceptional physicians and nurses in the NICU, Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers many other critical and lifesaving services, including:

o   Nevada’s only Pediatric Heart Surgery Program;

o   Nevada’s only Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit; and

o   Nevada’s only Pediatric Inpatient Rehab.

In addition, the hospital’s congenital heart program has earned “best in class” rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for its comprehensive services including advanced technologies, advanced interventional techniques and expert cardiac care.

“It’s gratifying and deeply meaningful to think about the positive impact on families’ lives our hospital has made,” Sklamberg said.  “We look forward to caring for our smallest patients for another 50 years and beyond.”

About Sunrise Children’s Hospital
Sunrise Children’s Hospital is the largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital in Nevada that also serves the surrounding region and millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas.  Our hospital offers a full range of specialized services, including Nevada’s only pediatric heart surgery program and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department and the largest Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in the Nevada. Sunrise Children’s Hospital is located on the same campus as Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center – Nevada’s largest acute care facility. Follow us on Instagram @SunriseChildrensHospitalLV and Facebook.com/SunriseChildrensHospital.

More West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes Found in Southern Nevada

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Two mosquito pools also test positive for St. Louis Encephalitis

 Southern Nevada Health District officials are reminding people to protect themselves from mosquitoes as they report the highest level of activity in the program’s history this early in a season. As of June 6, 2024, 91 mosquito pools, comprising 3,081 mosquitoes from 16 ZIP codes, have tested positive for West Nile virus. Two mosquito pools, comprising 46 mosquitoes from two ZIP codes, have tested positive for the virus that causes St. Louis encephalitis.

The Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Program has also received an increased number of complaints from the public about mosquito activity. Increased awareness and reporting of mosquito activity are attributed to the expansion of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes throughout the region. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are known to be aggressive daytime biters that prefer feeding on people instead of birds and are not typical vectors for West Nile virus. A single Aedes aegypti tested positive in 2017, and a submission pool of 22 mosquitoes tested positive in 2023.

Mosquitoes testing positive for St. Louis encephalitis virus were last reported in Clark County in 2019 and the last reported cases in humans in 2016. St. Louis encephalitis virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people infected with the virus will not develop symptoms. People who become ill may develop fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. Some people may develop a neuroinvasive form of the disease that causes encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord).

There was minimal West Nile virus activity reported in 2020, 2021, and 2023. In 2019, 43 confirmed human cases were reported. Two human cases of West Nile Virus were reported in 2023. West Nile virus is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. About one in five people infected with West Nile virus will develop symptoms that can include fever, headache, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. About one in 150 will develop more serious, sometimes fatal, illness. People who think they might have West Nile should talk with their health care provider.

The risk of mosquito-borne illnesses can be reduced through preventive measures. The Health District’s Fite the Bite campaign calls on people to:

  • Eliminate standing water and other breeding sources around their homes. Aedes aegypti breed in small containers that collect rain or irrigation water, such as children’s toys, wheelbarrows and plant saucers, and even bottle caps.
  • Prevent mosquito bites by using an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent. Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Report mosquito activity to the Health District’s surveillance program at (702) 759-1633. To report a green pool, people should contact their local code enforcement agency.

More Fight the Bite tips and resources are available at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/programs/mosquito-surveillance/mosquito-bite-prevention/ and on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/mosquitoes/prevention/index.html.

The Health District’s seasonal mosquito surveillance reports are available at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/programs/mosquito-surveillance/arbovirus-update/.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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School Sports Physicals Soon Available at Four Valley Health System Freestanding ERs

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Four freestanding emergency departments are offering $50 school sports physicals beginning Monday, June 17 and ending Tuesday, September 3, 2024, seven days a week, 24 hours a day for student athletes ages 18 and under. Students under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Insurance will not be billed. Student athletes should bring their designated forms for the emergency medicine physicians to complete.

For greatest convenience and planning, parents may request a time online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using the links below.

Locations for sports physicals include:

ER at Blue Diamond, an extension of Spring Valley Hospital – 9217 S. Cimarron Road/cross street Blue Diamond in Southwest Las Vegas

ER at Blue Diamond | Spring Valley Hospital

ER at North Las Vegas, an extension of Valley Hospital – 6625 North 5th Street/cross street Rome in North Las Vegas.

ER at North Las Vegas: Now Open | Valley Hospital Medical Center

ER at Valley Vista, an extension of Centennial Hills Hospital – 7230 N. Decatur Blvd /cross street Elkhorn in North Las Vegas, across from the DMV

ER at Valley Vista | Centennial Hills Hospital

ER at West Craig, an extension of Centennial Hills Hospital – 7050 West Craig Road / cross street Tenaya. Use the entrance with the McDonalds and Big’s Furniture sign.

ER at West Craig | Centennial Hills Hospital

Emergency providers within The Valley Health System know it can be a challenge to fit in sports physicals into already busy weeks of summer. Families are welcome to request a time or walk in anytime, whether it’s 5 a.m. or midnight, the July 4 holiday or a weekend.

Please note this medical visit is for student physicals only. If a student comes in with additional medical illnesses or conditions, the student physical will convert to an ER visit. Physicians are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of the hospitals or freestanding ERs of The Valley Health System. The hospital, freestanding ED or The Valley Health System shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. For language assistance, disability accommodations and the nondiscrimination notice, visit www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com

About The Valley Health System
The Valley Health System is comprised of acute care and specialty hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, outpatient services and physician practices, caring for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. The Valley Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, advanced cardiovascular and advanced neurological care, women’s health, maternity and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, orthopedics, pediatrics, weight loss surgery, acute rehabilitation, psychiatric services, wound care, and outpatient therapy.

HEALS June Magazine Theme is Men’s Health Month

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The theme for June’s Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare magazine is Men’s Health Month. We invite anyone interested in having content featured to send materials to Adriana. Those interested in placing advertisements can also email Adriana to send in materials, or ask any questions you may have.

Ad Specs
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8 ½ x 11 Full pages

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Half-page – $125
Full page – $250
Advertorial – $525
Front Cover – $650
Back Cover – $350

Non-Member Costs
Quarter page $150
Half-page – $250
Full page – $500
Advertorial – $1,050
Front Cover – $1,300
Back Cover – $700

NOTE: Content must be received by the 10th of each month

Comprehensive Cancer Centers’ Second Decade of Free Sunscreen & Proactive Skin Safety Measures

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To kick off its 11th year of skin safety community partnerships, Comprehensive Cancer Centers (Comprehensive) has added Downtown Container Park, Friends of Red Rock Canyon, Tivoli Village and The District at Green Valley Ranch to its roster of local entities offering free SPF 30 sunscreen and proactive skin safety tips to its customers, visitors and employees.

To-date and across the valley, Comprehensive has provided tens of thousands of sunscreen packets to partners as well as more than 100 free sunscreen kiosks conveniently positioned throughout the valley.

“Our skin safety partnerships are all about convenience, awareness and preserving the vitality our community,” said Comprehensive’s executive director, Paul Dieter. “As we enter a second decade of these partnerships, we’re keeping the momentum going with the addition of locales where Southern Nevadans like to have fun in the sun. Wherever we can be, we want to help those in our community stay skin smart and stay one step ahead from ever having to visit one of our clinics with a skin-related cancer condition.”

For the new skin safety partnerships in 2024, free sunscreen will be available in kiosks at outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment hot spots Downtown Container Park, Tivoli Village and The District at Green Valley in popular areas at each property and at some individual hosted events. Friends of Red Rock Canyon will utilize the free sunscreen partnership to highlight skin safety awareness as they promote the Red Rock National Conservation Area to the public.

Long-time skin safety and sunscreen partners are joining Comprehensive in this mission again this year, including: City of Las Vegas, City of North Las Vegas, Clark County Parks & Recreation, City of Henderson, RTC Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Aviators, UNLV Athletics, Las Vegas Lights FC, Vegas Golden Knights and Vegas Silver Knights, The PENTA Building Group, Cadence master-planned community and Downtown Summerlin. Comprehensive is also the official sun safety partner for the Southern Nevada affiliate of American Cancer Society.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 840 Nevadans will be diagnosed with melanoma of the skin in 2024 and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70. Amid rising rates of skin cancer and melanoma occurrences nationwide, awareness remains a powerful tool in mitigating the chance of a prospective skin-related diagnosis.

About Comprehensive Cancer Centers
Comprehensive Cancer Centers is an award-winning multi-specialty practice comprising medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonary services, cancer genetic counseling clinical research and other infusion services, with treatment centers and offices throughout Southern Nevada. For more than 40 years, the practice has provided oncology services to patients in and out of state with a specialized physician and nursing staff. Comprehensive, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, offers state-of-the-art technologies, latest advancements in cancer treatment and groundbreaking clinical research trials. The practice participates in more than 150 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical research studies each year and has played a role in developing more than 100 FDA-approved cancer therapies. For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.cccnevada.com, and follow the practice on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

West Nile Virus Mosquitoes Detected in Southern Nevada

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Public urged to “Fight the Bite” and help curb mosquitoes’ impact

As the 2024 mosquito surveillance season begins, the Southern Nevada Health District announces the detection of the first West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquitoes in Clark County. With these early findings, the Health District urges Clark County residents to join the Fight the Bite campaign to reduce the impact of mosquitoes.

The Health District’s Mosquito Disease Surveillance Program trapped and identified the West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes in the 89031 and 89032 ZIP codes. In addition to identifying mosquitoes that commonly carry West Nile Virus, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are known carriers of Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have significantly increased in number since they were reported in Clark County in 2017.

Since starting its seasonal mosquito surveillance on April 1, Health District staff have set more than 875 traps to survey mosquito quantity, species and infected mosquitoes. Traps are placed at parks, wash channels, wetland areas, residential communities and other potential breeding sites. Captured mosquitoes are taken to a laboratory at the Health District’s Main Public Health Center, where they are sorted and cataloged by species and location. The samples are then sent to the Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory to test specimens for harmful arboviruses. To date, more than 9,000 mosquitoes have been tested this year.

West Nile Virus, a mosquito-borne disease, reached unprecedented activity in Clark County in 2019, with 43 human cases. In contrast, there was minimal activity in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Two human cases of West Nile Virus were reported in 2023.

Clark County has seen a substantial increase in the number of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Unlike typical mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti are aggressive daytime biters that prefer feeding on people instead of birds. They are persistent ankle-biters, with a single female capable of taking many bites.

Aedes aegypti breed in small containers that collect rain or irrigation water, such as children’s toys, wheelbarrows and plant saucers, and even bottle caps. Since the initial identification of Aedes aegypti in 2017 in four Clark County ZIP codes, their presence expanded to 12 ZIP codes in 2022 and 43 in 2023.

The Fight the Bite campaign calls on people to eliminate standing water; prevent mosquito bites by taking proper precautions; and report mosquito activity to the Health District’s surveillance program at (702) 759-1633. To report a green pool, people should contact their local code enforcement agency. Additional resources and contact information are available on the Health District website. For more information about mosquito surveillance, visit www.snhd.info/mosquito.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Officials & Community Partners to Launch Heat Safety Awareness Initiative

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Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and community partners to launch a heat safety awareness initiative. Representatives will provide resources, updated information and data during a launch event on Thursday, May 16, 2024, starting at 10 a.m. The event will be held at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater located at 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89155

Every year people die or are hospitalized because of heat-related illness. Hot weather can affect anyone, but people who are older, pregnant, or have chronic health conditions are more at risk. Knowing the signs and how to prepare for higher temperatures can help prevent heat related illnesses and deaths this season.

Those currently scheduled to attend include:

Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, Chair, SNHD District Board of Health
Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer, SNHD
Chief John Steinbeck, Clark County Fire Department
Dan Berc, National Weather Service Meteorologist

About Clark County: Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.4 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

About the Southern Nevada Health District: SNHD serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Joyce Malaskovitz, RN, BSN, MHA, CDCES

West Henderson Hospital Names Chief Nursing Office

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Joyce Malaskovitz, RN, BSN, MHA, CDCES, has been named the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for West Henderson Hospital. Her first day is May 6, 2024.

“There are so many exciting aspects about opening a new hospital,” said Malaskovitz, who has previously served as the CNO for Desert Springs and Henderson hospitals in Nevada, backed by 43 years’ experience as a registered nurse. “Along with a new building, we’ll have new technology, equipment, furnishings, and fixtures, and the opportunity to build our patient-centered culture even before we open our doors.”

As CNO, Malaskovitz has outlined several overarching goals for West Henderson Hospital. They include:

  1. Community Impact—the ability to bring care closer to the community that we serve, ensuring increased access to medical services for those community members, and looking forward to playing a role in positively impacting people’s lives.
  2. Collaborative Environment—building a team from the ground up, which includes fostering a culture of collaboration, support, mentorship, and professional development where staff can thrive to be their best and provide exceptional care.
  3. Community Engagement—a willingness to engage with the community in meaningful ways such as health education programs, outreach initiatives and community partnerships. This includes promoting wellness and preventative care.

Malaskovitz encourages anyone interested in joining the West Henderson Hospital nursing team to bookmark the Careers page on the hospital’s website (westhendersonhospital.com).

Joyce Malaskovitz, RN, BSN, MHA, CDCES

Joyce Malaskovitz, RN, BSN, MHA, CDCES

“I’m seeking a diverse range of individuals who can contribute to delivering high-quality patient care while supporting the hospital’s mission, vision and values,” said Malaskovitz. “I am looking for candidates who not only possess excellent clinical skills but also demonstrate additional qualities such as communication skills, empathy, teamwork, adaptability and a commitment to continuous quality improvement, patient safety and ensuring our patients have a great experience.”

Chris Loftus, CEO of West Henderson Hospital, said, “Joyce is one of the strongest, most positive CNOs I have worked with. Together, we helped Desert Springs Hospital earn back to back ‘A’ patient safety grades from the Leapfrog Group and Gold honors for Best Hospital in 2020, 2021 and 2022 with the Las Vegas Review Journal Best of Las Vegas awards.  Joyce also successfully guided us through the COVID-19 pandemic. Her integrity and skills are unrivaled, and her nursing leadership is a vital aspect of our hospital. We have already filled multiple nursing leadership positions because of her reputation.”

“As CNO, this is an opportunity to demonstrate my leadership skills and drive positive change leaving a lasting impact on the healthcare landscape in the community,” said Malaskovitz.  “I’m very excited to see our vision become a reality and take great pride in knowing our efforts will benefit countless patients and families for years to come.”

Malaskovitz will oversee all nursing departments in the hospital and collaborate with others, such as quality, infection prevention and support services.

Prior to her CNO leadership roles, Malaskovitz served as the Director of Health and Wellness Services for Desert Springs Hospital, encompassing all diabetes-related programs, the stroke program, heart failure program, the bariatric surgery center of excellence and the vascular institute. During her time as the director of the Diabetes Treatment Center, in the mid-2000s, Desert Springs Hospital had the distinction of being the first hospital to receive The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care. It was also the first program in Nevada to earn accreditation for its outpatient diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In 2021, it earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Diabetes Inpatient Care Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

About West Henderson Hospital
Henderson Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of acute care and specialty hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located Raiders Way and St Rose Parkway along the western edge of the fast-growing community of Henderson, NV, the 150-bed facility is currently on track to open in late 2024, offering emergency care, surgical suites, advanced cardiovascular services, endoscopy services, an interventional radiology/special procedures lab and inpatient nursing care units.

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Career Development Cornerstone of Valley Health System Nurses Week

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Today, May 6, 2024, marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, a week-long recognition of nurses throughout the United States and the compassion and care they provide in multiple health care settings.  The week concludes on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is widely considered the pioneer of modern nursing.

The Valley Health System, which includes multiple Las Vegas hospitals, freestanding emergency departments and outpatient services, has almost 4400 registered nurses among its ranks.

Often referred to as the backbone of the hospital, RNs can be found in dozens of settings, ranging from the Emergency departments to Education, Intensive Care Units to Infection Prevention, Maternity Services to Medical/Surgical care unit, Cardiology to Case Management, Surgical Services to Information Technology and many other areas of expertise.

Nursing in a hospital setting offers many different career pathways. Nurses may choose to specialize in a particular field, including neonatal care, pediatrics, oncology, neurology, cardiology, labor and delivery, perioperative services and more. Some may choose to branch off into the fields of quality, risk management, employee health, education and information services.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with nurses during my entire professional career,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President, Acute Care Division of UHS, Inc, who oversees The Valley Health System Las Vegas, Desert View Hospital in Pahrump, and Northern Nevada Health System in Reno/Sparks. “For more than 40 years, I’ve worked with nurses at the bedside and with the incredible leadership in our C-suites and nursing departments, on the patient floors and in the procedural rooms.”

“They are an amazing group of professional, intelligent, compassionate and caring group of individuals who are dedicated to their patients, their healing, their health and well-being and improving our health care systems,” said Perez.

Within The Valley Health System, there are multiple opportunities in place to join, learn and expand one’s nursing skill set.

Nurse Apprentice Program
The Nurse Apprentice Program (NAP) is designed for those who have been accepted into an accredited nursing program and have completed at least one semester of basic nursing courses. The NAP program supplements a student’s coursework the opportunity for a paid position on a nursing unit and additional on-the-job training. Currently, the NAP program is available at various VHS hospitals and opportunities are posted on the Careers page of the websites.
Fun Fact:  Henderson Hospital employs 44 NAPs!

VHS RN Residency Program
New nursing graduates, often referred to as “New Grads,” are enrolled in the RN Residency program upon hire. This one-year program is designed to promote critical thinking and job satisfaction. It begins with an average of three months of Preceptorship and Specialty Internship coursework, continues with six months of Residency classes (one class per month), and ends with a final Evidence-Based Research Workshop.
Fun fact: The VHS RN Residency extends throughout the first year of nursing practice so the candidate can continually grow and apply learned paradigms during unit experiences.

Career Growth
Within The Valley Health System are multiple opportunities for growth and development. A partial listing includes:

Gap Program – a fast-track program that consists of one month of classes and preceptorship on a medical/surgical nursing unit, to bridge that training gap in order to promote success in the nurse’s new acute care setting. This program is for nurses who may have switched from a non-acute setting (i.e. home health or long-term care) to an acute setting (hospital).

Clinical Ladders – a structured program for nurses to advance in their career while remaining in their current clinical setting, providing direct patient care.

LEARN Preceptor Program – a program for nurses who are interested in helping new nurses gain skills, confidence and knowledge.

Specialty internship programs for nurses who want to specialize in Intermediate Medical Care, Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine, Medical/Surgical, Periop 101, Labor & Delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatrics.

Fun Fact: At Valley Hospital, during the past five years, over one-third of the nurses have moved into specialty or supervisory areas, thanks to the robust education and support offered. A number of Valley Hospital nurses also participate in the LEARN program of continued growth and development which enhances the quality and safety of care for the patients they serve.

Additional classes for RNs
Following the completion of specialty programs, training internships are available for new IMC and ICU nurses. For all ICU and IMC nurses, a wide range of advanced classes are available, including:
– caring for open heart surgery patients
– caring for heart and cardiac cath lab patients after they leave the ICU
– targeted temperature management for the post-cardiac-arrest patient
– caring for patients undergoing continuous renal replacement therapy
– caring for patients on an Impella device for the heart
– caring for patients with an intra-aortic balloon pump
– caring for patients with a neurological emergency, including stroke and neuro surgery
– caring for patients with an epidural for pain management
– deep dive to understand the 12-lead ECG

Recognition and Thanks
In addition to National Nurses Week, our nursing stars are also recognized via the DAISY award program, which is a national recognition program, and a variety of hospital-based and community nursing awards.

Has a nurse changed your life for the better? A thank you note, or a DAISY nomination is always appreciated!

To learn more about nursing careers, visit: valleyhealthsystemlv.com

May 2024 HEALS Task Force Dates Announced

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Task Force Meetings Return on May 16, with the HR Task Force convening in June on the 27th. Details and links are below:

Meeting Location:

Viticus Group Eastern Campus
5810 S Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89119
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Legislative Task Force Meeting
May 16 | 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
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Workforce Task Force Meeting
May 16 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
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Physician Engagement Task Force Meeting
May 16 | 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
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Healthcare Technology Task Force Meeting (Zoom)
May 16 | 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
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HR Task Force (via Zoom)
June 27th | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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