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Nursing faculty members keeping busy schedule

January 15, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing faculty members Mary Oriol, D.P.H., associate professor and coordinator of the Health Care Systems Management Masters Program, and nursing professor Gail Tumulty, Ph.D., were busy last year doing everything from publishing research to presenting papers in Spain and British Columbia to hosting a national conference in the New Orleans French Quarter.

The dynamic pair also wrote a chapter on successful online teaching and learning strategies in “Handbook of Research on Nursing and Clinical Informatics: Socio-Technical Approaches.” The peer-reviewed book was published by the University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Tirol, Austria, earlier this month.

In July, Oriol and Tumulty took their research on the road. They presented a paper, co-written with Kathleen Snyder, Ph.D., director of curriculum development for the Jesuit Distance Education Network, entitled “Using Screen Capture to Teach SPSS in an Online Environment,” at the EDULEARN’09 International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies in Barcelona, Spain. Oriol, Tumulty and Snyder have continued their collaboration on application of online pedagogy and have recently submitted a manuscript, “Cognitive Apprenticeship as a Framework for Teaching Online,” for publication in the March 2010 issue of the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching.

Upon their return from Spain, Oriol presented their paper entitled “Evidence/Data-Based Strategies to Enhance Online Learning” at the 20th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice, hosted by the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society in Vancouver, British Columbia. The research Oriol and Tumulty presented in British Columbia is ongoing and will be published later this year.

Back in New Orleans, Tumulty and Oriol co-chaired the 2009 Loyola Leadership Conference “What Works in the Work Environment” in partnership with the New Orleans Area Organization of Nurse Executives on Nov. 5 and 6 at the Maison Dupuy Hotel. More than 100 nurse executives from across the United States came to hear premiere researcher Linda Aiken speak about the pursuit of quality in the work environment. In addition to Aiken, presenters from St. Louis University, Johns Hopkins Hospital and a panel of local nurse executives discussed the work environment for nurses.

Both Oriol and Tumulty look forward to the continuing success of the Health Care Systems Management Program, Loyola’s first online program and largest master’s degree program.

For more information on the School of Nursing, contact Jessica Kinneson at 504-865-2582 or jjkinnis@loyno.edu.

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