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Andra Scano, Lecturer

Andra Scano, Lecturer

"I am a lifelong resident of Nevada and I am passionate about the health of this community. Improving the health of the community starts with good nursing education. I am happy to be part of that."

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Degrees Held:

  • MSN – University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2012
  • BSN – University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1993

Career Highlights:

Publications:

Scano, A. (2014). Strategies for Teaching Evidenced-Based Practice: A Constructivist Model. NevadaRNFormation, 23(2), 14.

Certifications:

Certified Online Instructor (COI), LERN, 2015.

Nursing Experience:
  • Full-Time Faculty, Nevada State College School of Nursing, 2015
  • Adjunct Faculty, Nevada State College School of Nursing, 2014
  • RN Case Manager, Sunrise Hospital, 1999-2005
  • RN II Case Manager, Sierra Health Services, 1995-1997
  • Staff RN, Sunrise Hospital, 1993-1995
  • Nurse Apprentice, Sunrise Hospital, 1991-1993
Honor Societies/Memberships:
  • Sigma Theta Tau International: 2016-Present
  • Sigma Alpha Pi Society for Leadership and Success: 2013-Present
  • American Nurses/Nevada Nurses Association: 2012-Present
  • Partners for a Healthy Nevada: 2014-Present
  • Jowel Bower School-Based Health Center Advisory Board: 2015-Present
  • Las Vegas Area Council Board of Review Member, Troop 903: 2009-Present
  • USTA Tennis Team Captain: 2007-Present

Which classes do you teach online?

NURS 408 Conceptual Bases of Nursing; NURS 411 Holistic Health Assessment; NURS 462 Caring in Nursing Communities; NURS 463 Synthesis of Professional Nursing.

What do you want students to take away from your classes? What do you want them to learn?

That a patient's ability to maintain wellness is very much affected by the environment, culture and psycho-social issues. We cannot simply create plans of care based on symptoms and disease processes, we have to assess the patient's ability to comply with treatment and barriers that may prevent them from achieving positive health outcomes. I also want future nurses to understand the importance of prevention and how prevalent tertiary disease is in our culture. We need to inspire them to part of the movement towards a primary healthcare model in country.

What is the value of a BSN?

As our healthcare environment becomes increasingly complex, it is essential that nurses have a foundation in informatics, biostatistics, research and many other skills that are acquired in a baccalaureate program. If we want to be recognized as a true profession, separate from medicine, we have to maintain the integrity of baccalaureate degree and ensure that nurses have the competencies necessary to function safely and efficiently in any healthcare setting.

Why did you start teaching?

I have always loved teaching and certainly would have been an educator if I had not become a nurse. Becoming a nurse educator was a very natural transition for me. I am also a lifelong resident of Nevada and I am passionate about the health of this community. Improving the health of the community starts with good nursing education. I am happy to be part of that.

What advice would you give to nurses considering the online RN to BSN program?

To be open to learning from all of your peers! The online environment provides opportunities for clinical reasoning and well thought out responses from experienced nurses in many fields of nursing. I am always amazed by how much I learn from my students in online courses. I also advise students to create a schedule for focused learning in a quiet environment rather than doing assignments right before they are due. This will allow time for the extended learning opportunities the online environment provides.

Why are you interested in nursing? What drew you to this field?

I had two aunts who were nurses and I admired them so much when I was growing up. I really never wanted to be anything else.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

Being able to put your own fears and concerns aside for the benefit of others. Nursing requires us to go outside of our comfort zones in many areas. We have to be able to stay calm and focused when things are stressful or don't go as planned.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?

The complexity of the healthcare environment. Technology has advanced tremendously, patients are sicker and we have much more liability than we did in the past. We really need to prepare our nurses at the baccalaureate level to ensure they are successful in the current healthcare environment.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Jean Watson's Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring.

Tell us something your students may not know about you:

I am a tennis fanatic and absolutely love cooking!!!

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