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Nursing students, medical residents learn together (4/21/97)

Students in the family nurse practitioner master's program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have begun interdisciplinary training with medical residents at Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi.

The training, which began in February, takes place in the hospital's residency clinic. Part of the program is made possible by the South Texas/Border Region Health Education Initiative, a special legislative project in health-care education.

"Nurses and physicans are learning how to complement each other's practice with dependent, independent, and interdependent or collaborative roles. We use these clinics to help promote a team approach to problem solving," said Karen Koozer Olson, PhD, director of the family nurse practitioner program.

Contact: Jim Barrett (210) 567-2570