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Drexel Announces Winners of the Bayada Award for Technological Innovation in Nursing Education and Practice

Atlantic City, NJ, June 28, 2011 — Judy LeFlore, PhD, RN, NNP-BC, CPNP-PC&AC, ANEF, associate professor at the College of Nursing, University of Texas at Arlington, (second from the left), and Sally Rudy, MSN, RN, a simulation nurse educator for the Penn State University College of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (second from the right), receive congratulations and their $10,000 awards from Ann Claffey Baiada, RN, CRNN, Director, Bayada Nurses, (left) and Gloria F. Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Bayada award winners holding ceremonial checks Pictured in photo left to right: Ann Claffey Baiada, Judy LeFlore, Sally Rudy and Gloria F. Donnelly

LeFlore developed a learning activity leveraging the interactive capabilities of the 3-D virtual world to create an environment that allows students to apply knowledge and demonstrate mastery of nursing concepts in a realistic setting. Students who utilized iNursing RN demonstrated a significantly higher level of mastery when compared to students participating in traditional lectures.

Rudy, developed the “First 4 Minutes Drill” (FFM) as an innovative approach to improve interdisciplinary teamwork, communication and timely code responses to meet the Joint Commissioner’s National Patient Safety Goals. The simply yet highly effective technology of this simulation has proven to contribute to better patient care and since the program’s implementation, staff have performed at a higher level in true code.

Presented annually since 2004, the Bayada Award for Technological Innovation in Nursing Education and Practice is sponsored by J. Mark Baiada, Founder and President of Bayada Nurses, and Mel Baiada, Benefactor, Drexel University’s Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology.