Duke Hosts Innovative Nursing Education Technologies Conference

Duke University School of Nursing will host this year’s Innovative Nursing Education Technologies (INET) conference on August 5, 2011. This event is free and open to the publicAccording to Mary Barzee, INET Program Coordinator, the 2011 conference has three main objectives: to explore innovative teaching strategies for on-campus and distance learning; to demonstrate new technologies and techniques that support nursing education; and to identify creative strategies for engaging learners in competency-based learning."Attendees can expect a day full of engaging speakers," Barzee said. She added that nursing professionals can earn continuing education credits at no cost by attending the conference.Dr. Patricia Brennan of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing will be the keynote speaker. Currently Dr. Brennan leads the Wisconsin Technology Enhanced Collaborative Nursing Education project, a state-wide nursing initiative supported by US Department of Health and Human Service Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve the integration of informatics into nursing curricula.Speakers from Duke include: Jane Blood-Siegfried, Associate Clinical Professor at Duke University School of Nursing; Ellen Cowan, Assistant Director of Staff Development and Education, Duke University Hospital; Margie Malloy, Coordinator of the Center for Nursing Discovery, Duke University School of Nursing; Andrea Novicki, Academic Technology Consultant, Duke University; Marc Alan Sperber, Educational Technologies Consultant at Duke Global Health Institute; and Jackie Vaughn, Nursing Instructor, Duke University School of Nursing.Other speakers include: Shelia Chapman, Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs at Western Carolina University; Sharon Elizabeth Metcalfe, Associate Professor of Nursing, Western Carolina University School of Nursing; Judy Neubrander, Interim Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, Western Carolina University; and Tara Raudebaugh, Nurse Manager of a Maternal/Newborn Unit in Wooster, Ohio.The INET conference is sponsored by Duke University School of Nursing, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and Western Carolina University. To register for the conference, visit http://inet-nurse.org/?page_id=171 by August 3 or contact INET Program Coordinator Mary Barzee (phone 919.684.9352; email mary.barzee@duke.edu) for further information.About DUSONDuke University School of Nursing (DUSON), as a diverse community of scholars and clinicians, educates the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing, advances nursing science in issues of global import, and fosters the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, US News and World Report ranked Duke among the top 7 graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree. More than 700 individuals enrolled for Spring 2011 classes, the largest number of students in the School’s 80-year history. 

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