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SU's Brown and Spurlock selected as Health Information Technology Scholars


Southern University's Dr. Sandra C. Brown and Dr. Wanda R. Spurlock have been selected to represent Southern in the Health Information Technology Scholars (HITS) Program.


Brown, a professor, and Spurlock, associate professor, in the College of Nursing and Allied Health, recently completed a one-year faculty development program to become Health Information Technology Scholars. Brown and Spurlock are among 58 recipients chosen from 305 faculty from 500 universities across 47 states.


Spurlock said, "As a participating school in the HITS program, the (SU's) College of Nursing is more strategically positioned to advance the leadership skills and technology competencies of its faculty, as well as the preparation of students with the necessary competencies required to provide safe, quality, and cost-effective nursing care."


Faculty from universities included: Northeastern University, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Emory University, Lamar University, University of Texas as Arlington and Boise State University.


"HITS is a critical component in the education of both entry level and advance practice nurses," said Spurlock.


Spurlock explains it is important for Southern to be part of HITS. "As the College of Nursing prepares its students to meet the complex health care needs of diverse populations in the 21st century, academic nurse educators must stay abreast of technology advancements and develop innovation strategies to incorporate health information technology into the nursing curriculum," said Spurlock.


The HITS program is supported by a five-year, $1.5 million grant provided by the Health Resources and Service Administration's Bureau of Health Professions in partnership with the Office of Health Information Technology.


The University of Kansas School of Nursing in collaboration with the Schools of Nursing at the University of Colorado Denver, Johns Hopkins University, and Indiana University in partnership with the National League for Nursing, administered the project.


The HITS project is designed to develop, implement, disseminate and sustain a faculty development collaborative initiative to integrate information technologies in nursing curriculum and expand the capacity of collegiate schools of nursing to educate students for the 21st century.