2008 BAYADA Award Winners

Education Innovation Award Recipients

Terri Whitt, EdD, RN, CCRN 

Created a Web-based Resource

Terri Whitt, EdD, RN, has created a web-based resource for nurses, nursing educators, and students which encourages sharing of knowledge and educational materials and supports the development of a learning community that fosters life-long learning. This project serves as a role model to the profession not only in providing open access to high quality resources that support development of nursing skills but also in the spirit of professional collegiality that it promotes. ALFAAssisted Learning For ALL (ALFA) is a nursing procedure website offering a wide range of media teaching-learning resources available online or via podcast. This website is available at no cost. Designed to supplement classroom and skills lab instruction, the site provides faculty concise and realistic segments to use in instruction. Students can work together to quickly review sections of a procedure via .wmv on any computer or in the clinical setting as a podcast. The ability to access content in a mobile environment provides faculty an opportunity to maximize the ‘teachable moment’. The site also serves as a valuable resource to nurses at the bedside, providing opportunities to review skills and maintain clinical competencies. (

Marilyn Hravnak, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FCCM, FAAN

Developed a Decision-making Algorithm

Utilizing data derived from a patient monitoring system (Visensia), Marilyn Hravnak, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, FCCM, has developed a decision-making algorithm that guides nursing practice, permitting nurses to detect and respond more rapidly to changes in patient status. This has resulted in improved patient safety and outcomes in the step-down unit at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA. This algorithm helps nurses identify acute and slowly progressive cardiorespiratory instability among patients allowing for more timely intervention to treat the patient’s instability, refer to a physician or nurse practitioner, or activate the early response system. Outcome data indicate that early intervention and treatment has resulted in fewer patients progressing from minimal to serious instability, the duration of this instability has decreased, patient transfers to the ICU or other higher levels of care were decreased and therefore costs associated with care were reduced.