Two Island University Professors Receive State Innovation in Teaching Award

Published: March 02, 2016

Two Island University Professors Receive State Innovation in Teaching Award

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two professors in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have been selected to receive the Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education’s (TOBGNE) prestigious Faculty Development Innovation in Teaching Award.

Susan Greathouse and Julie Fomenko, both Clinical Assistant Professors, have received awards for their work with multi-patient simulations and their development of the on-campus Islander Regional Hospital, as well as their innovative approach to further develop and enhance clinical competencies in undergraduate baccalaureate nursing students at Islander Regional Hospital. All students in their final semester of the program can now experience immersive simulated learning opportunities ranging from complex cardiac conditions such as acute myocardial infractions and cardiac bypass surgery to fractured hips and surgical repair and recovery. At the hospital’s newly-developed Simulated Acute Care Hospital Environment, senior nursing students care for multiple simulated patients and demonstrate their competencies and leadership skills as they care for both patients and families.

The learning activities include inter-professional components where TAMU-CC nursing students along with students from the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy in Kingsville work together to provide the best evidence-based care possible. A further goal of their project is to evaluate the effectiveness of substituting traditional clinical hours with clinical hours gained through exposure to multi-patient simulations.

Their project was supported in part by a Nursing Innovative Grant through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board which contributed more than $100,000. Greathouse’s and Fomenko’s work has also been awarded the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Excellence in Teaching Innovation in 2015.

The Islander Regional Hospital, which has been overseen by Greathouse and Fomenko since January 2015, is located on the second floor of Island Hall. They work with about 80 students per semester, three semesters per year.

TOBGNE is a state-wide organization made up of deans and directors of Baccalaureate Nursing programs in Texas. Their mission is to serve Texas by promoting standards of excellence in nursing education to facilitate high quality healthcare. TOBGNE awards one teaching and one research award annually.