Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions

January 20, 2006 12:04 ET

Third Annual Bayada Award for Technological Innovation in Nursing Education and Practice Announced by Drexel University; $10,000 in Cash Prizes, Applications due April 3, 2006

PHILADELPHIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan 20, 2006) -

Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) announced the third annual Bayada Award for Technological Innovation in Nursing Education and Practice. Drexel and brothers Mel and Mark Baiada, sponsors of the award, recognize the importance of incorporating technology in nursing for improved patient outcomes.

Two $5,000 cash awards will be presented: one to a nursing educator whose innovation leads to improved student clinical competency or efficiency of curriculum delivery; and, one to a practicing nurse whose innovation leads to improved patient care. Applications are due April 3, 2006. To apply visit: http://www.drexel.edu/cnhp/bayada/application.asp. Resubmissions from previous years are welcome.

Winners are honored at the Drexel University Nursing Education Institute conference in Providence, RI on Saturday, June 10, 2006.

"The future of nursing lies in technological innovations and how they can be applied to improve healthcare delivery to patients and to improve student clinical competency and curriculum delivery," said Dr. Gloria Donnelly, dean of Drexel's CNHP. "Through the Bayada Award, we can highlight how nurses incorporate technology everyday to improve patient care, save lives, and to instruct student nurses in learning."

The award emphasizes technology and how it improves healthcare delivery and educating student nurses. Past winners are: Mary Kay Bader of Mission Viejo, Calif., who led her hospital's neurosurgery unit in designing guidelines for using the LICOX oxygen monitor, which saved the life of a 17-month-old boy who had a one percent chance of survival. Joan McInerney, a Wound, Ostomy, and Continence nurse in Naples, Fl.; who developed a computer program to assess the skin care of every patient in the hospital to prevent pressure ulcers. And, Elizabethe Westgard, a nursing educator in Willow Grove, Pa, who instructed her student nurses to use the SuperPen when copying patient data from charts, thus, eliminating errors.

A blind judging will be performed with the judges considering the technology's innovativeness and impact, and must be in use six months or longer.

The award is sponsored by J. Mark Baiada, founder, Bayada Nurses and Mel Baiada, benefactor, Drexel University's Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology.

For information on Drexel's CNHP, visit http://cnhp.drexel.edu.

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