The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing announced two new endowments this year. The April Elizabeth Gillespie Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established through a $50,000 gift in memory of April Elizabeth Gillespie, who was a nurse at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, by her friends and family. The second, the Florence Dora Snowden Ross Endowment, is the result of a $25,000 gift by the Ross family in memory of their mother, who also was a nurse.
Both gifts were doubled to a total of $150,000 through UT Arlingtons Maverick Match program.Deborah Behan, RN
In other news, Dean Elizabeth Poster, RN, MSN, PhD, was among 12 women honored by the Health Industry Council at the first Top 12 Women in Healthcare in North Texas dinner in January in Dallas. Poster has been dean since 1995. She established the Dream Makers Scholarship initiative, which has raised more than $1.4 million for nursing scholarships in 11 years.
Also, College of Nursing Professor Judy LeFlore, RN, PhD, NNP-BC, CPNP, ANEF, FAAN, has earned national recognition from the 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate program for her work using 3-D gaming technology to teach students about in-hospital pediatric care.Judy LeFlore, RN
LeFlores project “Can Game Play Teach Student Nurses How to Save Lives?” explored whether a 3-D video game could teach nursing students how to respond to sick patients in a clinical setting. LeFlore and assistant professor Mindi Anderson, RN, PhD, CPNP-PC, ANEF, worked with Marjorie Zielke, MBA, PhD, 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 Systems 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,” according to a news release. Zielke and LeFlore received the award in June in Washington, D.C.
Joy Don Baker, RN, MSN, PhD, CNE, CNOR, NEA-BC, clinical associate professor in the UT Arlington College of Nursing, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Journal. Baker, who also is the director of distance education for the College of Nursing, has served the AORN as vice president of the board of directors and as a former journal editorial board member.Elizabeth Poster, RN
Deborah Behan, RN-BC, PhD, clinical assistant professor, has been appointed UT Arlington Honors College coordinator for nursing. In this role, Behan will support the students in obtaining honors credits for their work and coordinate the placement of students with nursing faculty who will work with them to support their success.