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February 10, 2010

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Nursing Faculty Selected as Health Information Technology Scholars


Two nursing faculty members at The University of Texas at Tyler were selected as health information technology scholars to enhance nursing education, Dr. Linda Klotz, College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean, announced.

Dr. Carol Kilmon, UT Tyler associate professor of nursing, and Dr. Kathy Missildine, UT Tyler assistant professor of nursing, will explore the use of a Second Life virtual world to provide learning experiences for university students.

The year-long scholars program provides intensive educational experiences and mentorship to faculty as they develop and implement a technology-based project at their home institution.

“In a virtual world, students can hone their skills by practicing patient assessment and clinical decision-making with no risk of harm if an error is made.  We hope this will help them enter the hospital better prepared to provide safe, high-quality nursing care,” Kilmon said.

The HITS project is supported by a five-year, $1.5 million grant provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Health Professions in partnership with the Office of Health Information Technology. It is administered by the University of Kansas School of Nursing in collaboration with the Schools of Nursing at the University of Colorado – Denver, Johns Hopkins University and Indiana University.

“This fellowship is a wonderful opportunity to meet and share ideas with fellow faculty who are working to make optimal use of technology in nursing education,” Kilmon added. “The program coordinators are nationally-recognized leaders in this field, and we look forward to learning from them.”

 The Transforming Undergraduate Education Program at UT System last year awarded a grant to fund the initiation of a pioneering statewide virtual learning community of students, faculty, researchers and administrators in Second Life that offers an innovative, low-cost approach to undergraduate instruction.

Kilmon holds a Ph.D. in nursing from UT Austin and a master of science in nursing from the University of Virginia. She received Sigma Theta Tau – Iota Nu Chapter Research Award in 2009 and is a Sigma Zeta Academic Honor Society elected member.

A certified clinical nurse specialist in adult health nursing, Missildine holds a Ph.D. in nursing from the UT Health Science Center at Houston and a master’s degree from UT Arlington. She has published articles in both geriatric nursing and nursing education journals.

For more information about the HITS program, visit http://www.hits-colab.org/.

For more information about Second Life, visit http://www.secondlife.com.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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