6/6/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Two members of Ashland University’s Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences were recipients of the 2016 BAYADA Award for Innovation in Healthcare Education. Since they were established in 2004, the BAYADA Awards have recognized nurses for their ideas enhancing technological innovation in nursing education and practice.
The 2016 BAYADA Award recipients included the team of Lisa M. Young, DNP, assistant professor and director of the Simulation Center at the Ashland University Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Faye Grund, PhD, dean of the Ashland University Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Yvonne Weideman, DNP, assistant professor and coordinator of Second Degree Programs at Duquesne University School of Nursing; Joan Such Lockhart, PhD, clinical professor and MSN Nursing Education Program coordinator at Duquesne University School of Nursing; Marie Panas, MSN, instructor at Duquesne University School of Nursing; and Mark Fridline, PhD, instructor and BS/MD enrollment coordinator at the University of Akron, for establishing a virtual clinical experience to build cultural competence.
The team of Young, Grund, Weideman, Lockhart, Fridline and Panas earned accolades for Innovation in Healthcare Education at the May 5 BAYADA awards event for the Virtual Simulation Experience (VSE), a web-based virtual clinical experience designed to strengthen the cultural competence of nursing students regarding pre- and post-natal care.
Driving home the cultural awareness of this innovation is the collaboration between faculty and students from two schools – one rural and the other urban – including community members from a rural Amish community and an urban underserved African American neighborhood to provide pre-licensure nursing students with the opportunity to learn about, interact with and plan pre- and post-natal care for women from diverse cultures.
“We wanted our students to see a different population. The students were able to see that while the setting was different, there were some similarities in the needs of the patients,” Young said. “Access to care was a problem for both, just for different reasons. The environment and support systems were very different and the patient interventions had to focus on the needs of the patient and the cultural differences in each.”
According to Lockhart, the project was first implemented online in spring 2015 with students from both Duquesne and Ashland University enrolled.
Shared simulated virtual experiences allow students to interact with patients offering a creative and cost-effective learning opportunity that can significantly improve students’ cultural competence and confidence. In light of the limited availability of clinical sites in maternal health and the growing competition for these sites, innovative educational approaches, such as this, are essential in nursing education.
For students, the outcomes were quite successful. “They increased their cultural awareness and they learned nursing interventions that were needed in the community to improve outcomes,” said Young, who hopes to expand the project to include more populations so that students can increasingly gain exposure.
“This is not the only area where healthcare providers can make an impact. If we can get into the communities we can affect change and improve outcomes,” she added.
The relationship between the College of Nursing and Health Professions and BAYADA Home Health Care began over a decade ago, and has evolved to encompass The BAYADA Home Health Care Speaker Series in addition to the awards.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###