Health Information Technology is fast becoming one of the most dynamic aspects of medical sciences. Spearheading the world of nursing academia into the infomation technology age is Dr. Wanda Spurlock. She is one of Southern University’s most dedicated nurse educators.
It is her passion for nursing that motivates her to explore vast and new arenas of nursing to make learning better for nursing students and healthcare services better for patients. Dr. Spurlock embodies the spirit of nursing as she has dedicated her life to nursing and nursing research.
She’s been a registered nurse since 1976 and an nursing educator at Southern University’s School of Nursing since 1993. With special areas of focus in gerontological nursing, psychiatric nursing and Health Information Technology, Dr. Spurlock uses her expertise for the betterment of the local community, her students, and the world of academia.
As a healthcare professional, Dr. Spurlock sees that the future of health is growing more closely interwoven with technology than ever before. Thus, it is important that technology be integrated into nursing education curriculum and instruction.
In February, Dr. Spurlock was selected to participate in the Health Information Technology Scholars program. Along with Dr. Sandra Brown, Dr. Spurlock “will develop a network for innovative education” according to SUBR News. The need for information technology impacts the field of nursing from two major aspects: student education and nurse educator training.
The medical field is constantly evolving to gain better insight into education and patient care. Thus, nursing students must be able to utilize the latest technologies as well master traditional concepts of nursing and practice. Therefore, heatlth information technology is a vital resource during training.
Tracking and management devices are specific tools must be introduced to nursing students while they’re in school. Upon completion of school, nurses need to be able to hit the ground running because there’s little time to be confounded by a device when in the midst of providing patient care.
In terms of training, health information technology is a vital aspect of engaging students in learning. Many mobile learning applications, virtual learning, informatics and social media resources can be used to further enhance nursing education.
Nurse educator training in health information can often present a challenging paradox. As these educators are teaching, many of them are also constantly in the process of learning something new. Thus, nurse educator training must be a collaborative effort to facilitate the continuity of professional development.
Caring and professionalism has garnered Dr. Spurlock induction into the Louisiana State Nurses Association (LSNA) Hall of Fame. Founded in 1904, the Louisiana State Nurses Association is a nursing advocacy organization whose mission is to “To support and serve all levels of registered nurses in Louisiana through ethical leadership, professional growth, and effective advocacy to promote excellence in health care.” Induction into the LSNA Hall of Fame is a true honor of distinction.
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