ARLINGTON - A
University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing professor’s use
of 3D gaming technology to teach students about
in-hospital pediatric care has earned her the top spot in a competition sponsored by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Judy Leflore will present her study – which explored whether a specially
designed 3D video game worked as well as a lecture in
teaching nursing students to respond in a clinical setting - during
the Society for Simulation’s 11th International Meeting on Simulation in
Healthcare in January in New Orleans. Her research
abstract was selected as first place winner in the category of Emerging and
Innovative Technologies and Methods.
Leflore and UT
Arlington nursing assistant professor Mindi
Anderson worked with Marjorie
Zielke, assistant professor of arts and technology at The University of Texas at Dallas, to develop
a game scenario called
Distress.” They then evaluated 93 senior nursing students,
half who played the game and “treated” four virtual pediatric
patients with respiratory illnesses and half who attended a three-hour lecture on
the same topic.
“The game is designed to reinforce the elements of the nursing
process: assessment, identification of the problem, review of the physician's orders, reassessment at every
intervention and calling for help when interventions don’t work,” Leflore said.
“When we tested students in
the UT Arlington Smart Hospital later, we found
that the game users were more likely to make correct decisions during the care of the patient and they
did it in a shorter period of time than the lecture group.”
The work was backed by $250,000 in funding from the UT System’s Transforming Undergraduate Education grant program.
Leflore said she hopes the research
will help provide options for the state's clinical nursing
faculty, which are
under increasing pressure
because of teaching shortages. State leaders
have called on nursing
schools to produce more graduates in order to meet increasing demand.
Recent state studies have predicted that the demand for registered nurses will far outpace the supply over the next decade.
Leflore, who joined UT Arlington in
2003 after nearly 20 years as a practicing nurse and neonatal practitioner, is a leader in the use of simulation technology in teaching. She has earned national recognition for her work, including
being named a fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing
Education in 2010.
UT Arlington’s College of Nursing is one of the largest in the
nation, with more than 5,000 students enrolled in its pre-licensure and graduate programs. It is designated as
one of nine “High Performing” nursing programs in Texas based on RN
licensure exam and graduation rates of more than 90 percent. For more information,
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate
institution of nearly 33,000 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.
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