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Nursing professor honored

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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Media Contact: Traci Peterson

UT Arlington College of Nursing Professor Judy LeFlore has earned national recognition from the 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate program for her work using 3D gaming technology to teach students about in-hospital pediatric care.

Judy LeFlore

Judy LeFlore

LeFlore's project "Can Game Play Teach Student Nurses How to Save Lives?" explored whether a 3D video game could teach nursing students how to respond to sick patients in a clinical setting. LeFlore and 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 “iNursingRN: Respiratory Distress.”

The work was backed by $250,000 in funding LeFlore received from the UT System’s Transforming Undergraduate Education grant program. Each year, the Computerworld Honors Program recognizes projects that "use information technology to promote and advance the public welfare, benefit society and change the world for the better." UT Arlington and UT Dallas submitted the project to the contest. Zielke and LeFlore are to receive the award in June in Washington, D.C.

“Our strong collaboration with UT Dallas and Dr. Zielke has allowed the UT Arlington College of Nursing to demonstrate how the latest in technology can innovate and enhance learning at every level of nursing education,” LeFlore said.  “We continue to explore the possibilities.”

Another of Dr. LeFlore's projects with UT Dallas,, recently tied for first place as the Best Demonstration Project at the "Innovations in Health Science Education" conference sponsored by the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education. is a website that provides online, interactive advanced practice curriculum for graduate nursing students. It is funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health.

LeFlore, who joined UT Arlington in 2003 after nearly 20 years as a practicing nurse and neonatal practitioner, is director of the UT Arlington College of Nursing's acute and primary care pediatric and neonatal nurse practitioner programs.

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