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Galen School of Nursing Selected for Technology Scholars Program

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – January 5, 2008 – Dr. Susan Garbutt and Ms. Bobbie Martin of Galen School of Nursing have been chosen for the National League for Nursing’s Health Information Technology Scholars (HITS) program.

The purpose of this highly competitive program is to support faculty in their endeavor to implement a technology integrated project into the curriculum. Dr. Garbutt, Tampa Bay RN Program Director and Ms. Martin, Tampa Bay PN Program Director were selected based on their proposal to develop a virtual electronic medical record program to augment simulation in the clinical learning lab. As a result of this project, Galen students will be able to reference data and manage documentation before, during, and after various patient simulations.

“We are very proud of the accomplishments of Dr. Gabutt and Ms. Martin; this was a highly competitive process,” Tracy A. Ortelli, MS, RN, CNE, Galen’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, said. “Their success demonstrates their commitment to providing our students with an exceptional educational experience.”

The scholars project, a collaborative faculty development initiative to produce a cadre of faculty scholars with the knowledge and skills in applied informatics and technology-supported education, will better prepare nurses for clinical practice by helping them develop the competencies required in an information- and technology-driven complex health care system. The NLN will disseminate project processes, products and outcomes so that the learning models are sustainable and replicable in other academic settings.

About Galen College of Nursing

Founded over 20 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nurse (PN/VN) and associate degree nursing programs to students on its campuses in Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., and Cincinnati, Ohio. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit our website.