Monday, September 19, 2011
Breaking Educational Boundaries
Paul L. Foster School of Medicine faculty member fosters teamwork between physicians and other health care professionals at new facility.
Written by Lisa Ruley
Greer enjoys working with students from all disciplines to improve patient care.
When Veronica Greer, M.D., took visitors through the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Yandell Education and Training Facility during its open house, she was showcasing something that has become close to her heart.
Since the nursing school location opened, Greer, residency program director and assistant professor and residency program director in the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine, has labored tirelessly to make the educational facility a place for interdisciplinary teamwork.
The facility is equipped with hi-fidelity simulation mannequins as well as virtual training software. Greer said this centrally-located establishment in El Paso will help train personnel together in medical disciplines such as nursing and medicine.
“What we’re doing here is creating teamwork by practicing interdisciplinary and interprofessional training early in our students’ career so that we can all get better at what we do,” Greer said. “We’re breaking down those boundaries early so that it doesn’t affect them later.”
Greer said other community medical organizations who need their personnel to polish or update medical skills are also welcome to take advantage of the facility’s services.
“By practicing together, we learn together and we respect each other through the process,” Greer said. “We practice as teams so that we can better be at what we do. It’s all about teamwork. We help each other out and ultimately that results in better care for our patients.”
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Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing
The Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing is located in El Paso.
The Hunt Family Foundation donated a $10 million gift to the Texas Tech University System. The donation was used to develop the autonomous, fully-accredited Hunt School of Nursing on the Texas/Mexico border.
The school admitted its first class of Traditional BSN students in fall 2011, followed by a class of Second Degree BSN students in spring 2012. Administrators anticipate the school will grow to 300 students in five years to counteract the long-term nursing shortage in the medically underserved El Paso region.