Valerie Sabol, PhD, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC, CCNS, CCRN, Robert Blessing, DNP, ACNP, and Karen Adamson, WHNP-C, earned the international BAYADA Award for Technological Innovation in Nursing Education and Practice.

The award acknowledges those who have made significant contributions to the field of nursing through the development or adoption of a new technology, and was presented recently by Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions at the Drexel University Nursing Education Institute’s annual conference in Savannah, GA. The award is sponsored by BAYADA Home Health Care, a leading provider of home health care and hospice services.

A simulation challenge created by North Carolina residents Sabol, an associate professor at the acute care nursing program at Duke University, and Blessing, a faculty member at Duke University, received the nursing education honor. Their collaboration, SimWars: The Ultimate Test of Clinical Management, challenged a group of students to interact with a standardized patient and their family. As the symptoms progressed, the standardized patient was replaced with a high-fidelity simulator so students could practice more advanced clinical skills.

A panel of judges provided students with feedback on their communication and teamwork skills in addition to their clinical performance. The competition increased the students’ engagement in the simulation while allowing faculty members to evaluate the students’ response to a crisis

The nursing practice honor was awarded to Adamson, a Colorado resident and women’s health
nurse practitioner at the Pueblo City and County Health Department. Her innovative public health initiative, Ask Tara, enabled teens to anonymously text and email their questions about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases to a nurse practitioner who would respond within 24 hours. The initiative helped dispel the myths that could lead to teen pregnancies and enabled medical professionals to identify trends and develop health education programs for this at-risk population.

Created in 2004, the BAYADA Award is sponsored annually by BAYADA Home Health Care to
recognize and reward nurses who are using new technology to improve patient care through
improved nursing education and practice.

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