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UT Tyler Earns Award for Special Needs Shelter Website

January 13, 2011

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(Back row from left) Dr. Kathy Missildine, Dr. Linda Klotz, Jana Brown, Cindy Smith, Terri Ford, Jenifer Chilton, Dr. Belinda Deal (Front row from left) Dr. Danita Alfred, Dr. Janith Williams, Gina Parkins, Dr. Becky Fountain

(Back row from left) Dr. Kathy Missildine, Dr. Linda Klotz, Jana Brown, Cindy Smith, Terri Ford, Jenifer Chilton, Dr. Belinda Deal. (Front row from left) Dr. Danita Alfred, Dr. Janith Williams, Gina Parkins, Dr. Becky Fountain

The University of Texas at Tyler has received a Top Teaching Tools Award from the Journal of Nursing Education, Dr. Linda Klotz, College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean, announced.

The Medical Special Needs Shelter Orientation: Just-in-Time Online Training website was selected as the 2010 Web category winner.

UT Tyler has been involved in the disaster sheltering efforts and provided volunteers during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. The UT Tyler Herrington Patriot Center was designated as a Medical Special Needs Shelter during Hurricane Gustav.

“During this time, the head of the Center for Disease Control toured the shelter and complimented our efforts,” said Klotz. “After Hurricane Gustav, faculty in the college made great strides in analyzing the specific needs and challenges faced when providing mass shelter care for those with medical special needs. One of the most frequently identified needs of those volunteering in a Medical Special Needs Shelter was the lack of an organized and consistent approach to orientation. This Just-in-Time online training was created to fill that gap.”

Nursing faculty and staff created the content, and with the assistance of the UT Tyler Office of Instructional Design, also developed the site. The Hospital Preparedness Program Regional Advisory Council in Tyler provided funding.

Dr. Danita Alfred and Klotz served as the project planner coordinator and project administrator, respectively. Other faculty and staff contributors are Dr. Belinda Deal, Dr. Rebecca Fountain, Dr. Kathy Missildine, Dr. Janith Williams, Terri Ford and Jenifer Chilton as well as Cindy Smith, instructional design director; Jana Brown, instructional designer; and Gina Parkins, technology and web coordinator.

In addition to this training, the faculty have published several articles about sheltering those with special needs, Klotz added.

“Though the work is physically demanding, the emotional, professional and psychological rewards of participating in these events are immeasurable,” she said of the university’s efforts.

To view the site, visit http://www.uttyler.edu/nursing/msns/index.html.

For more information about the college, visit http://www.uttyler.edu/nursing/.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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