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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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Media Contact: Traci Peterson, Office:817-272-9208, Cell:817-521-5494, tpeterso@uta.edu

Nursing students from the U.S. and internationally can now access the faculty-developed curriculum used at UT Arlington’s Smart Hospital™ through a new partnership with HealthStream (NASDAQ:HSTM) and Laerdal Medical.

Students at the Smart Hospital

Students working at UT Arlington's Smart Hospital.

The two companies launched SimStore™ early this year – an Internet-based resource for educational institutions and healthcare providers that are incorporating patient simulators into their coursework and training. At the site, educators can purchase downloadable scenarios that teach everything from infant medication administration to advanced life support for hypothermia.

The College of Nursing at UT Arlington was one of only 15 institutions and organizations chosen to provide initial content. To date, there are over 30 content providers, worldwide, for SimStore.

 “Our nursing faculty members have established themselves as international leaders in the field of simulation technology” said Elizabeth Poster, dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing. “This initiative is a good example of how the College of Nursing partners with leading manufacturers of healthcare training and simulation technology, such as HealthStream and Laerdal Medical, to achieve its goals and benefit students.”

The College of Nursing will receive royalties from sale of the simulation content at the SimStore. Those funds will be invested into its Smart Hospital, a 13,000 square foot center with 40 computerized patients in realistic hospital units.

“Simulation facilities are more and more filling the role of the laboratory situations that all of the nursing programs in the world have to provide,” said Carolyn Cason, interim Vice President for Research at UT Arlington and an associate dean in the College of Nursing.  “Our potential market is a global one.”

Some of the other content providers featured at the SimStore include the National League for Nursing, the American Heart Association and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In 2012, the Smart Hospital also will begin using Neehr Perfect, an inpatient/outpatient electronic health record system. The program includes online documentation and medication scanning technology made possible through the use of 10 mobile computer workstations. Experience in the use of electronic medical records is vital for today's nurses because of the technology's growing presence in the workplace.

UT Arlington’s College of Nursing, with more than 6,000 students, is one of the largest in the U.S. and has been recognized by the state of Texas as a high-performer. To learn more about UT Arlington, a comprehensive research university of 33,421 students, visit www.uta.edu.

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