Ruth Metzger, PhD, MBA, BA, BSN
Assistant Professor of Research
University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. Ruth Metzger has a long history of success in grant writing, teaching, and interprofessional education. Prior to joining the University of Texas, Dr. Metzger served as Grant Writer and Faculty at the University of Southern Indiana), where she played a key role in obtaining significant federal funding for projects related to nursing research and education, community health clinics, and interprofessional education. Her last role at USI was Coordinator of the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, where she engaged partners to develop a smart home incubation lab, expand dementia-related education, and increase geriatric/gerontology-related internships, capstone projects, and clinical opportunities for students.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Some problems that once forced people out of their homes and into assisted living can now be overcome with “smart home” technology that automates tasks, responds to voice commands, controls devices, and more. In this interprofessional simulation, students and elders/disabled investigated what types of technology might best help people live independently. As a result, students were able to: • Gain a greater understanding of the everyday challenges faced by clients who are aging or who live with physical and/or cognitive limitations • Increase their self-awareness of how they interact with…