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Hite and Johnson are HITS


Dr. Amy Hite and Ms. Karen Johnson were accepted as 2012 Health Information Technology Scholars (HITS).

“This program is a Faculty Development: Integrated Technology into Nursing Education & Practice Initiative,” says Mary Carol Pomatto, Chair of the Department of Nursing.

The project is funded by a five-year, $1.5 million grant provided by The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) in partnership with the Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT).

“The HITS project is designed to develop, implement, disseminate and sustain a faculty development collaborative initiative to integrate information technologies in nursing curriculum,” says Pomatto. 

This project will expand the capacity of collegiate schools of nursing to educate students for the 21st century. The program includes eight learning modules, a three-day conference in Kansas City, technology expert-advice on projects, implementation of the projects, and evaluation.

 “The purpose of our submitted project is to utilize Simulation Mannequins, log clinical hours in Typhon and to document in a simulated EHR (Electronic Health Record),” says Karen Johnson, Instructor of Nursing.

This project will be initiated with the Advanced Health Assessment courses (Nurs 803/804) where faculty will use simulation scenarios to evaluate NP students’ assessment skills.

“Ideally the information and technology used in this course will be continued in the remainder of the Nurse Practitioner Theory and Clinical courses,” says Amy Hite, Assistant Professor of Nursing.

For the 2012 program there were 305 applicants and 58 accepted for the 5th and final year of the HRSA grant program. Since the inception of the HITS program there have been over 1,700 projects submitted. The 2012 cohort had submissions from 196 nursing schools in 47 states; and 31 schools from 25 states were selected.

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