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2009 BAYADA Award Winners

Education Innovation Award Recipients

Ruth McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP-BC


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Pictured: Ruth McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP-BC, Ann Baiada, RN, CRRN, Director Bayada Nurses Home Care Specialist, Jaclyn A. Kirchhoff, MSN, RN, Clinical Support Specialist Bayada Nurses, Dean Donnelly

Utilization of the Veno-thrombotic-event-Risk Tool (VRAT) 

Ruth McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP-BC has developed an innovative, computerized risk assessment tool to determine the risk of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary emboli in patients upon admission and during hospitalization. Ongoing patient assessment data is entered by the nurse; the VRAT identifies and quantifies significant risk factors, assigns weights based upon evidence from the literature and compiles a final risk level score which guides nursing care and medical intervention. Another benefit of the VRAT is that it provides nurses with the opportunity to use their expertise in a way that promotes positive physician/nurse communication and collaboration in patient assessment and VTE prevention. This tool is being widely used in the US, UK and Europe. Preliminary data indicates that the use of the tool significantly reduces hospital acquired veno-thrombotic events (VTEs) and subsequent readmission for VTEs. These results indicate that this novel tool will have far reaching impact upon patient care by significantly improving outcomes.


Carol Durham, RN, MSN

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Pictured: Carol Durham, RN, MSN, Ann Baiada, RN, CRRN, Director Bayada Nurses Home Care Specialist, Jaclyn A. Kirchhoff, MSN, RN, Clinical Support Specialist Bayada Nurses, Dean Donnelly

Improving the Care of the Acutely Ill Elder

Carol Durham, EdD(c), MSN, RN, has developed geriatric simulation scenarios and faculty development around simulation as a component of HRSA funded grant #D62HP01913, Improving the Care of the Acutely Ill Elder (Palmer, PI) and Enhancing the Skills of Nursing Practice in NC Long-Term Care Facilities (Welsh, PI) through FutureCare of North Carolina, funded by Duke Endowment. These innovative approaches to disseminate simulation technology to long-term care facilities, a healthcare setting that traditionally does not have these skill-building opportunities. Long-term care facilities need this type of educational program because of the high care needs of the patient population and the lack of resources for the continuing education that can update staff on evidence-based practice in the care of frail older adults. Ms. Durham created a well-designed, comprehensive educational program utilizing a portable high-fidelity simulator for staff education in Area Health Education Centers and in long-term care facilities across North Carolina. The project provided the entire bedside nursing care team (RN, LPN and NA) with the opportunity to update and build skills in caring for the frail elderly using high fidelity simulation scenarios incorporating an evidence based curriculum.