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2014 BAYADA Award Winners

Technological Innovation in Nursing Education:


BAYADA's Margit Moran, RN, BA (center) presents 2014 awardees Annette Carley, RN, MS, NNP, PNP (left) and Jody Chrastek, DNP, CHPN, RN (right) their $10,000 checks.


BAYADA Award Recipient for Innovation in Nursing Practice: 

Joan ‘Jody’ Chrastek, DNP, CHPN, RN is Pediatric Advance Coplex Care Team Coordinator at Fairview Home Care and Hospice at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

There are more than 50,000 children with terminal or life-limiting conditions living in the community throughout the United States and often they are in under-resourced or rural settings. This innovative use of technology provides rapid effective intervention by skilled pediatric palliative care nurses in support of healthcare professionals and family members caring for these children at home.  The use of video conferencing ‘home visits’ allows the skilled pediatric palliative nurse to be ‘at the bedside’ to provide rapid assessment, guidance and instruction to caregivers with limited knowledge and skills in end-of-life pain and symptom management, providing support and reassurance.  In addition to the ability to visually assess the patient, this technology also permits bi-directional access to non-verbal communication cues essential in addressing sensitive issues.  These virtual ‘visits’ has reduced hospitalization and provide comfort and reassurance to the children and their caregivers. We have been told that this award will support further expansion of this program globally.

BAYADA Award Recipient for Innovation in Nursing Education:

Annette Carley, RN, MS, NNP, PNP Clinical Professor at University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing

The Virtual NICU/PICU supports student application of curricular content to patient care via a realistic simulated experience. The on-call experience, supported by this dedicated online environment, is a versatile strategy that supports advanced practice nurse skill building. Through simulated patient cases, students develop expertise in efficient and timely decision making, care management, take ownership of care decisions and develop skill in professional interactions. This innovation has been utilized with acute care neonatal (NNP) and pediatric advanced practice students (ACPNP) and it has been noted that students developed improved self-efficacy in the ability to manage evolving care situations and are better prepared for clinical residency experiences.