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2007 Bayada Award Winners

Education Innovation Award Recipients


Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, MS, CS

The Neighborhood, a Multi-contextual Learning Tool 


Jean Giddens, Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing, received this award for her work in developing a multi-contextual, student-centered learning tool called The Neighborhood.
The Neighborhood is a fictitious web-based community featuring 36 characters of various ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and levels of health. Character stories unfold each week throughout the three-semester program, depicting healthcare issues across multiple environments, including homes, schools, churches, outpatient offices and hospitals. Through the stories, students learn not only about specific health problems but also about the dynamics, variables and factors that come into play when working in a community.


Judy LeFlore, PhD, RNC, NNP, PNP-PC, PNP-AC

Multi-disciplinary Approach Using Simulation

Judy LeFlore, Associate Clinical Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing, received this award for her use of high-fidelity simulation as a mechanism to provide nurse practitioner students with interactive, real-life experience. This training takes place in multidisciplinary teams, modeling the type of collaboration that is required in the dynamic healthcare environment that the nurses will be entering.

The use of computerized mannequins to teach content areas and skills exposes students to a large number of patient scenarios before they begin actual patient care, allowing them to developed advanced clinical skills, effective communication, and critical thinking skills in a safe environment controlled by the faculty. The simulation experiences include a detailed post-debriefing session where audiovisual records of the scenario are replayed so that students can self-evaluate their practice.

The benefits of LeFlore’s innovative use of simulation are two-fold: it addresses concerns over patient safety when student care providers are “learning on the job,” and it provides an opportunity for students to work together in multidisciplinary teams, closely mirroring real-life medical emergency situations.