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School of Nursing Bestows Innovative Teaching Awards

January 8, 2001 -- Competition at the School of Nursing was fierce this semester as nine professors and clinical instructors vied for the coveted Spring 2001 Innovative Teaching Award. The Innovative Teaching Award is funded by the School of Nursing Alumni Association to stimulate creativity in nursing education and is given to support projects or course development activities that promote excellent, innovative, and cost- effective teaching methods. Given the level of competition this year, this stimulus has worked.

Audrey Snyder, RN, MSN, ACNP-CS, Arlene Keeling, RN, PhD, Suzanne Burns, RN, MSN, ACNP-CS, and Tami Wyatt, RN, MSN were selected to receive funding for their proposal

"Expanding Possibilities in Clinical Decision Making: Clinical Consultation Using Palm Technology." Their award will help to expand the palm pilot information systems available for use by acute and specialty care masters students and faculty.

Deborah Conway, RN, MS, was awarded funding for the first stage of a summer program in which nursing students from the University of Valencia (Spain) study English and observe nursing care at the University of Virginia. Over the past several years, nursing and medical students from Valencia have been brought to the Health System with the help of the Spanish Department and Surgical Services. Conway's award will enable School of Nursing faculty involvement as well as interaction with University of Virginia nursing students. Conway hopes that the relationships built and the success of this program will lead to further funding providing University of Virginia nursing students with similar opportunities in Valencia in the summer of 2002.

Carol Lynn Maxwell-Thompson, RN, MSN received partial funding for her proposal Encouraging Leadership and Teaching Skills in U.Va. Nursing Students through Certification as Cardiopulmonary and Resuscitation (CPR) and First-Aide Instructors." This project will foster the development of leadership and teaching skills in nursing students through preparation to teach CPR and First Aide in the community alongside a certified CPR and First Aide Instructor and faculty member.

Shelley Huffstutler, RN, CFNP, DNSc received partial funding for her proposal entitled "An Interdisciplinary Approach for Development of Web-Based Family Practice Case Studies." This project is designed to develop family practice case studies to be integrated into a web-based

continuing education program for health care providers as well as integrate web-based instruction into the nurse practitioner curriculum.

Contact: Crystal Gafford Muhammad, (804) 924-1287

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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