Awards to Nursing Professors O’Rourke & Gorman

Congratulations to UIC College of Nursing Professors Jenny O’Rourke, PhD, APN and Gerry Gorman, PhD, RN.  Each is the recipient of a Curriculum and Instruction Grant (CIG).  The grants, given by the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), provide seed money for faculty initiatives designed to enhance the quality of teaching and learning at UIC.

Photo of JennyDr. O'Rourke's CIG was given for her project, "The Nuts and Bolts of Simulation: Implementing a Faculty Development Program".  Over the next year, Dr. O'Rourke will develop and implement a program to train up to 60 clinical faculty in the use of simulation to augment student learning.  The overall goal of this sustainable program is to provide clinical faculty with the knowledge and skills to participate in and lead quality evidence-based practice simulations.  This will be a great contribution to the College of Nursing and its academic mission.

Dr. Gorman was awarded a CIG for, the "Anne Zimmerman Project: While I am Here", is a two part elective seminar led by Dr. Gorman and Dr. Brigid Lusk. In part one of this project, participants will be given access to Zimmerman's papers archived in the UIC Library of Health Sciences Special Collections. Students will learn the basics of historical research and the handling of archival materials. By the conclusion of the first seminar, they will have constructed a timeline of Zimmerman's life. They will be further challenged to research the major social issues and upheavals of the 20th century and to analyze how Zimmerman's response to them affected the nursing profession. In the subsequent seminar, the students will transform their research into living history by developing a performance of Zimmerman's life. This is Dr. Gorman’s 2nd CIG grant as principal investigator.   She has also been a co-investigator on 2 additional CIG grants.