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SXU nursing professor receives $10,000 Illinois Board of Higher Education Fellowship

Zepure Samawi, Ph.D., RN, honored for teaching students to think critically, provide competent care

Chicago (March 11, 2010) Saint Xavier University School of Nursing Associate Professor Zepure Samawi, Ph.D., RN, recently received a $10,000 Illinois Board of Higher Education Fellowship for exploring teaching and learning strategies that encourage students to think critically in the clinical setting, provide competent care and develop patient educators as they enter the nursing profession.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education funds the Nurse Educator Fellowship Program, which aims to ensure retention of well-qualified nursing faculty at higher learning institutions awarding nursing degrees. The fellowships supplement recipients’ salaries and defray professional development and continuing education expenses.

Samawi’s project includes the development of clinical simulated case studies and implementation of simulated learning skills and experiences for baccalaureate pediatric nursing students at SXU. The project will create clinical simulation in a nonthreatening environment and lets students use high-fidelity mannequin to learn essential skills.

The simulation clinical case studies will be used to teach students essential pediatric nursing skills and plan care. The students will be taught how to assess a healthy infant or child versus an infant or child with acute or chronic illness. Students will be evaluated for their competency level at the end of the clinical rotation. 

“The goal of this project is to build confidence in the nursing student when caring for pediatric patients and to apply critical thinking skills throughout all phases of nursing care,” said Samawi. “The use of simulation as clinical teaching strategy has great benefit and is becoming essential to bridge theoretical learning into clinical practice.”

Samawi was born in Aleppo, Syria and grew up in Jerusalem, Israel. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Arab Colleges of Paramedical Professions, El-Bireh, West Bank. She joined SXU’s School of Nursing in 1999 and received her Doctorate in Nursing Science in May, 2006 from Widener University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, Association of Women’s Health Obstetric Neonatal Nurses, the Jordanian Nurse Association, and a Society of Pediatric Nurses Education Committee member



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