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Nursing professor given high honors by UT System

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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Media Contact: Susan Slupecki

ARLINGTON - Dr. Judy LeFlore, assistant professor in The University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Nursing, received a University of Texas System Chancellor’s award for Innovations in Education.

Honored for her development of innovative teaching using high-fidelity manikins at the UT Arlington Smart Hospital™, Dr. LeFlore’s carefully crafted teaching scenarios provide the student with an opportunity to participate in simulations of critical medical situations with the highest impact on the patient with no risk to an actual patient. Her work has not only had an impact on the students who pass through the School of Nursing’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program, but also has included collaborative projects with multidisciplinary health professionals from other institutions such as the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. She has been called on to share her work at national and international meetings inspiring practitioners and teachers to rethink how they deliver their curricula – ultimately improving the quality of health care nationwide.

The “Innovations in Education Awards” is presented to an individual faculty member or group of faculty who institute creative educational efforts of high impact. Faculty members of any rank within the nine UT System academic institutions were eligible for the award. Only two awards were made this year of $5,000 each. A five-member selection committee appointed by the executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs determined the awardees.

“The committee felt that Dr. LeFlore’s program was very innovative, that it provided students with ‘real-world’ scenarios during training, that it had the capacity to expand to other programs, and that there was evidence of impact in community service and patient care,” said Roberta M. Rincon with UT System’s Office of Academic Affairs.

Visit the School of Nursing at www.uta.edu/nursing/ for more information.

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