Nursing professors earn national honors
Two UT Arlington nursing professors have been selected as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing for their contributions to the nursing profession.
Judy LeFlore, a professor in the College of Nursing, and Jeannette Crenshaw, a clinical assistant professor who teaches in the College’s online program, will be honored along with 174 other fellows from around the world at the Academy’s 39th Annual Meeting and Conference in October in Washington D.C.
“These faculty members are among the less than 1 percent of the nurses in the country to be honored for their impact on nursing education and health care,” said Elizabeth Poster, dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing. “We are so pleased to see their contributions recognized nationally and internationally by this prestigious Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing award.”
LeFlore is director of pediatric, acute care pediatric and neonatal nurse practitioner programs in the UT Arlington College of Nursing. She has garnered national attention in recent years for her leadership in using simulation and game-based technology in teaching.
In June, LeFlore will join Mindi Anderson, a UT Arlington College of Nursing assistant professor, and colleagues from The University of Texas at Dallas in accepting recognition from the 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate for a “serious gaming” project. The project called "Can Game Play Teach Student Nurses How to Save Lives?" explored whether a 3D video game could teach nursing students how to best respond to hospitalized children.
Crenshaw is an expert in the area of evidence-based maternity practices, preoperative fasting practices and administrative practices. In 2010, Crenshaw led a unique study using video-ethnography and interactive analysis to improve immediate skin-to-skin care and breastfeeding rates. Collaborating with experts from the U.S. and Sweden, she improved skin-to-skin care during cesarean surgery by 25 percent.
Her elected offices include former president of Lamaze International, former secretary of the United States Breastfeeding Committee and current secretary of the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition. She is currently an assistant professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing.
Fellows of the American Academy of Nurses are chosen each year from the nation’s top researchers, policy makers, scholars, executives, educators and practitioners, a press release from the Academy said.
“Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” Academy President Joanne Disch said in the announcement. “I congratulate all of the new Fellows and look forward to honoring their accomplishments and welcoming them into the Fellowship this October.”
In recent years, the UT Arlington College of Nursing has become one of the largest and most successful programs in the United States. To learn more, visit www.uta.edu/nursing.
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of nearly 33,500 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu for more information.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.
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