Healthcare Symposium

April 4th, 2018 | University of Nevada, Reno

3rd Annual | Mae Orvis
Registration open Soon!

The Mission of our Symposium

Health Care: From Heart to Soul

The vision of the Mae Orvis Health Care Symposium is to facilitate and encourage the examination of current evidence based practice ideas and concepts relevant to the evolving interdisciplinary healthcare team. We seek to explore objectives to provide best outcomes and best practice modalities to our vast patient populations in the Nevada health care community and beyond.

Topics to be covered: 

  • Suicide
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Opioid and Alcohol Withdrawal Pharmacology
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
  • Homeless and Mental Illness
  • Vulnerable Populations and Mental Illness

Logistic Information

The UNR Orvis School of Nursing

Founded in 1956, the Orvis School of Nursing (OSN), at the University of Nevada, is the oldest school of nursing in the state and is dedicated to serving people of Nevada through quality teaching, research and service.


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Conference  Objectives

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1999), “Mental illness is the term that refers to all diagnosable mental disorders. Mental disorders are health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning” (p. 5). The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. will experience a mental illness in a given year. The reach of mental illness has no boundaries from prisons to homeless shelters to acute care hospitals. Children to older adults are affected by the many different disorders within mental illness.

This year the Mae Orvis Health Care Symposium will focus on mental illness topics. This collaborative conference will cover subjects from suicide to the growing opioid and prescription drug use challenge confronting our modern health care system. Participants will be provided an in depth understanding of mental illness topics from respected health care providers in the state of Nevada. 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1999). Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD. 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness. (n.d.) Mental Health by the Numbers.