To celebrate National Nursing Week from May 9 till May 15, the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Nursing will unveil a long-awaited video game.
The game was developed by professor Roberta Woodgate, with funding from the Canadian Institute for Health Research. Woodgate’s research finds ways to improve the quality of life for children diagnosed with cancer. Her research has found that many children are unable to communicate their feelings about the disease; although the majority of children with cancer “get better”, the process and treatment can create significant short-and long-term psychological burdens and being expressionless does not help relieve stress.
So how do you help children talk about the burden of a serious illness such as cancer? EMÜD, a new online virtual environment and adventure game, can help. It offers a platform for children to safely and privately engage with their peers and express their feelings without concern. It provides them with the opportunity to cope with their different ways of feeling in an environment that promotes creativity, control, and a sense of accomplishment.
Woodgate’s research and the game have significant potential to assist children in understanding and managing the different ways of feeling that they encounter in living through the treatment for childhood cancer. As well, there is the possibility of the game benefitting children going through other challenging life events.
What: Dr. Roberta Woodgate presents her research and demonstrates her video game as part of National Nursing Week
When: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Room 260 in Helen Glass Centre for Nursing, Fort Garry Campus
For more information contact Sean Moore, public affairs, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (email@example.com).