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2010 BAYADA Award Winners

Dean Donnelly presents check with 2 nursing professionals

Pictured: Dean Gloria Donnelly, Diane Humbrecht, MSN, RNC, Barbara A. Colin, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer/Division Director
Bayada Nurses

Practitioner Award: Leveraging Technology to Create an Innovative Process for Vaccine Administrations.

Diane Humbrecht, MSN, RNC
Nurse Director, Informatics
Abington Memorial Hospital
Abington, PA

This award recipient spearheaded an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to vaccine assessment and administration. Utilizing technology, the awardee developed a sophisticated decision tree for a target group of high risk elders. This innovative approach to vaccine administration utilized technology tostreamline the clinical workflow and has significantly contributed to nursing practice by providing decision support tools at the point of care. The improved workflow process, allowing the nurse to assess, determine indication and administer immunizations while utilizing a ‘smart’, automated decision support tool, has raised patient outcomes to the top 10 percentile in the nation—the last two months recorded at 99% and 100% compliance with vaccine assessment and administration.


Dean Donnelly presents check with 2 nursing professionals

Pictured: Dean Gloria Donnelly, Pam Flentge, MSN, RN, Barbara A. Colin, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer/Division Director Bayada Nurses

Education Award: All School Day.

Pam Flentge, MSN, RN
Betsy Swinny, MSN, RN
Professors
School of Health Professions
Baptist Health System
San Antonio, TX


Interdisciplinary simulation experience had the goal to introduce nursing and allied health students the importance of interdisciplinary communication to improve quality care and patient safety. A simulated clinical scenario was created to simulate patient movement through various departments in the hospital. All participating students were guided to use specific tools to improve communication such as medication reconciliation, hand-off communication, core measures, universal time out and other national patient safety initiatives. Interacting in a safe environment with students from other disciplines allows the students to begin to formulate communication patterns that will be the building blocks to meaningful interdisciplinary communications focusing on safe patient care and quality outcomes. Educational outcomes included improved student understanding of interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation essential for improved patient safety.