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Nursing and social work students learning to work together at UT Arlington
Date:9/21/2012

better, more comprehensive care," Adorno said. "This initiative with nursing will allow us to develop a unique model of interprofessional education enhanced by technology in a specific practice setting neonatal and pediatric health care."

In addition to in-person collaboration, the student teams will use the virtual world of Second Life to meet and work together on projects. They'll also work through simulations with computerized patients in UT Arlington's Smart Hospital , a state-of-the-art clinical lab with 32 high-tech simulation stations. The program also will have a service-learning component, which will include volunteer work at SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a domestic violence shelter with locations in Arlington and Fort Worth.

LeFlore and the research team hope to use what they learn to design a course on team dynamics for social work and nursing graduate students to take together in the future. They believe the model they establish could be applied to other areas of care, such as the growing field of geriatrics.


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Contact: Traci Peterson
tpeterso@uta.edu
817-272-9208
University of Texas at Arlington
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