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Nursing Faculty Team Receives Grant to Join Leading National Education Program

Four instructors from the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety have earned a grant from the National League for Nursing. It will allow them to take part in the Health Information Technology Scholars (HITS) project. Diane Evans-Prior, Yulia Cole, Fran Jensen and Patricia Loflin will participate in the yearlong HITS program, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Sep 07, 2016

February 2011

Four instructors from the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety have earned a grant from the National League for Nursing. It will allow them to take part in the Health Information Technology Scholars (HITS) project. Diane Evans-Prior, Yulia Cole, Fran Jensen and Patricia Loflin will participate in the yearlong HITS program, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

HITS was organized by the University of Kansas School of Nursing, along with three other schools. It is designed to create an initiative to integrate information technologies into college nursing school curricula. The goal is to expand capacity to educate students for the 21st century. CNM will be the first school from New Mexico to participate. Fewer than 100 schools nationwide have been involved since the program began four years ago.

To apply, schools must identify a technology to add to their curriculum. It should prepare students with a new skill set as future caregivers. CNM chose the METI Learning Space, a web-based, wireless patient simulator recording and management system. It will be installed in both the renovated Jeannette Stromberg Hall nursing lab and the new lab at the Rio Rancho campus. The CNM nursing program is the first in the country to adopt the latest METI system. Experience gained in the HITS program will improve CNM's ability to use this new tool effectively, enabling graduates to provide safer and more efficient healthcare.

For more information about the program, visit the HITS website here.