The BAYADA Award for Technological Innovation in Nursing Education and Practice provided two $10,000 cash prizes to nurses who have made significant contributions to their field through the development or adoption of a new technology. This year, nurses from Penn State Hershey Medical Center (PSHMC) and Duke University School of Nursing's Center for Nursing Discovery (CND) received the award, which is sponsored by BAYADA Home Health Care and presented by Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Darla Marks, MSN, director of clinical informatics, and Michael Ward, lead programmer analyst—both from PSHMC—were honored for their work to dramatically improve patient outcomes. They developed The Quality Intelligence Dashboard, a clinical practice innovation that provides interactive and real-time views of patient care quality indicators. Their dashboard resulted in better organizational performance from pre- to post-implementation, including decreased falls, decreased hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, decreased ventilator-associated pneumonia, and decreased catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

CND's team of Margie A. Molloy, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, director; Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN, assistant professor; and Jacqueline Vaughn designed a simulation activity that incorporated augmented reality into nurse training scenarios using Google Glass and a student-designed electronic medical record app. By taking clinical simulation training to the next level, the awardees are improving training outcomes and paving the way for educators to better prepare future generations for practice.

Since 2004, the international BAYADA Award has been honoring nurse pioneers who innovatively use technology. Judges considered the technology’s innovativeness and its impact on nursing education or direct patient care. To qualify, the innovation must be new and in use for six months or longer prior to submission of award application. All submissions were blinded (identities of the nominees and their institutions removed) and reviewed for merit by a panel of Drexel University nursing and technology faculty.

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