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Video games...as homework?

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6102429963_10a9c3a0ff_b.jpgEarlier this week, Tom Clancy, Ph.D., clinical professor and assistant dean for faculty practice, partnerships and professional development in the School of Nursing, joined KSTP's Bill Lunn in-studio to discuss "serious gaming" - using interactive and educational video games that simulate health care scenarios and speed up training.

According to Clancy, the industry of video games created for a purpose other than entertainment - or "serious games" - is an exploding industry.

"The name serious gaming implies that they're serious, but really what they are is a focus on training rather than the outcome being education," Clancy told Lunn. "It's a training program that's designed in a gaming environment, so it brings in all the aspects of gaming, making it fun and enjoyable at the same time."

Watch the KSTP interview, read about the research in the Star Tribune or watch this video from the U of M to learn more.

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Nursing program prepares students for changing industry

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The University of Minnesota's School of Nursing recently graduated several students from the state's only Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. This first batch of nursing professionals will now be more equipped to meet the growing demands that the healthcare industry demands of its professionals.

The unique DNP program pairs students with faculty members who are leaders in their fields and on the cutting edge of nursing research and practice. These nursing experts act as mentors for the students and guide them through the three-year program.

Once the students are accepted to the program they choose from 14 practice specialties to focus in. The interdisciplinary core curriculum is divided into four areas in order to maximize the students' knowledge within their chosen specialty and provide them with experience dealing with all of the situations they will encounter as a care-giver.

The U of M DNP program provides students with the core skills to create and lead new models of care delivery for communities locally, across the nation, and around the world.

Too find out more about the program or the specialty areas head to the DNP webpage.

Focus on Community Health for School of Nursing

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villarruel2010-av.jpgThe University of Minnesota's School of Nursing is hosting its annual Nursing Research Day on April 27, 2012.

This year's theme is Transforming Health through Community Engaged Research and Practice, which closely aligns with the school's nationally-recognized Community Health program.

This year's keynote speaker will be Antonia M. Villarruel, Ph.D., FAAN, Associate Dean for Research and Global Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Dr. Villarruel will discuss her efforts in health promotion and health disparities research, particularly with the Latino community. Other session presentations will cover a range of topics from gerontological nursing to kangaroo pediatric care to a talk on community-based health literacy.

Projects involved in this year's Nursing Research Day will be of particular interest to researchers in nursing and related health fields, practicing nurses and educators. Special attention will be paid to sharing ways innovations presented at the event can optimize clinical practice, health policy and research.

Nursing Research Day is Friday, April 27, beginning at 8:00 am in McNamara Alumni Center. It is free to attend, but preregistration is required. Boxed lunches are also available for $11.

$3.65M gift to nursing school will help build new lab

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Image: AHC LogoThe School of Nursing will break ground on a high-tech laboratory in May thanks to a $3.65 million donation. Connie Delaney, School of Nursing, talks about how the renovations will have a profound effect on how we educate the next generation of nurses.

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Students use team approach to health care in Phillips clinic

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Image: AHC LogoStudent volunteers from the School of Public Health, Medical School, School of Nursing and College of Pharmacy use an inter-professional approach, combining their skills, to find the best care for patients at a free, student-run clinic in the Phillips Neighborhood of Minneapolis.

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Nurses as Doctors Healthcare Battle

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Image: FOX 9 LogoMany nurses are going back to school to earn doctorate degreesbut does that give them the right to call themselves doctor? Mary Chesney, School of Nursing, talks about the benefits of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the U of M.

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Patient-care study listens to the kids

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Image: AHC LogoWhen children's hospitals gauge patient satisfaction, they almost never ask the kids what they think. Linda Lindeke, School of Nursing, talks about new research that focuses on better care for children.

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Caring for the Caregiver - MarketWatch

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Image: AHC LogoMany hospitals and doctors are studying the quality of life for family caregivers of heart failure patients. Michael Petty, School of Nursing, discusses the role of extended support options in the care of patients with heart failure.

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Schools can't train nurses fast enough

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Image: MPLS:ST Paul Biz Journal LogoThough applications are on the rise, many Minnesota nursing programs are unable to open more seats due to budget cuts and scarce faculty. Linda Chianaddress, School of Nursing, discusses the future implications of cutting funding for nursing programs.

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