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What Would You Do With $10K?

February 15, 2017

The use of novel technology in the education of nursing students is what helped Ms. Margory Molloy, MSN, director; Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN, assistant professor; and Jacqueline Vaughn, instructor and student in the Drexel MSN Nursing Education and Faculty Role Program, receive $10,000. This team from Duke University School of Nursing Center for Nursing Discovery won the 2015 BAYADA Award for Technological Innovation in Health Care for using google glasses and a student designed EMR app in a simulation activity that incorporated augmented reality to improve student outcomes and eventually, patient outcomes as well.
The team, seemingly paving the way in using new technologies to better teach, was recognized by the awards committee for their work in simulated experiences and, through this innovation, preparing students for modern healthcare delivery. So what they did with the prize money didn’t surprise anyone.
Molloy, Shaw and Vaughn purchased a telepresence robot from Double Robotics to assist distance-based master’s nurse practitioner (NP) students to be virtually present in simulation with their accelerated BSN students. How to allow master’s students to continue this practice once the nurse practitioner programs became distance-based without compromising effective communication and the value of teamwork was a challenge. The telepresence robot facilitates the ability of distance-based NP students to attend the simulations and practice these skills. Vaughn reports that both groups of students find the telepresent NPs in simulation valuable to the learning experience. “We continue to use and expand the telepresence robot for simulations using it for teaching about mobile health,” she remarked. Other Duke University School of Nursing Center for Nursing Discovery faculty are expressing interest in using the robot for additional tele-health experiences for their students. 
“We definitely did great things with our BAYADA Award and are so appreciative for all it did for our school,” said Vaughn. The team is planning conference presentations when the attendees can visualize innovative ways to extend their teaching. 
Watch a video of the team’s work online: