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Revolutionizing Nursing Education: Patricia Thomas at TEDxUTA

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Published on Sep 14, 2013

Dr. Patricia Thomas is passionate about preparing the next generation of neonatal nurse practitioners to care for the most fragile infants. She brings more than 15 years of experience as a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) to her role as clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing at UTA. As a member of the university's professional learning community on e-learning, Patricia believes that technology can improve student engagement and learning which can ultimately improve patient outcomes. In addition to learning about physiology and pathophysiology, nurses need opportunities to develop critical thinking and technical skills through clinical practice. Physical simulation has become integral to nurse practitioner education but students have limited access to mannequins and faculty who can facilitate simulations. Case scenarios in virtual environments allow anytime anywhere opportunities for student learning. Patricia was integral in the development of the virtual world of NNP education, nursingap.com. She is currently working on an interprofessional education project for graduate nursing and social work students in Second Life. When not immersed in virtual worlds, Patricia competes in dog agility with her Belgian Tervuren.

To check out this new software, please visit www.nursingap.com

The 2013 TEDxUTA Event @ The University Of Texas At Arlington

About TEDx:
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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