Thanks to generous support from Dr. Alan Howard and family and the Denver Foundation, Frontier hosts the annual Faculty Innovation Awards to spotlight innovation in advanced practice nursing and midwifery education. The purpose of the Faculty Innovation Award is to recognize faculty members who promote critical thinking and application of knowledge in innovative online learning experiences.
Each application is evaluated with respect to:
- Innovative use of evolving technology.
- Promotion of critical thinking and application of knowledge.
- Sound evaluation plan and strong, positive evaluation data.
- Extent of potential effect on student learning effectiveness, future curriculum development, furthering the mission of FNU, or professional practice.
The winner in each category will receive $2,250 per course.
2017 Winner in Category 1 (Courses that have been through Innovation 101):
NP702 Primary Care I
Course Coordinator: Vicky Stone-Gale, DNP, FNP-C, ARNP, FAANP
Course Faculty: DeLana Gardner, DNP, FNP, ARNP
Title and brief description of innovative learning activity: Breaking Bad News Simulation Activity
This online simulation activity allows students to practice giving news of a serious diagnosis to patients through a structured interaction with a standardized patient (SP) via a web conferencing platform, BigBlueButton. After a pre-briefing, each student meets individually with an SP and delivers the news of a recent biopsy result indicating malignant melanoma. The SP responds in an authentic manner and together the student and the SP work through the conversation and planning the next steps in the management process. After the simulation, the SP provides structured feedback about communication and then students gather as a small group for a faculty-facilitated debriefing. Debriefing topics include clinical management as well as role transition, scope of practice, clinician self-care, intra- and interprofessional communication, and continuity of care. After the online simulation and debriefing experiences, students completed an individual written reflection.
2017 Winner in Category 2 (Courses that have not been through Innovation 101):
NP706 Primary Care III
Course Coordinator: Jana Esden, DNP, APNP, FNP-BC
Course Faculty: Debra Hunt, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC
Title and brief description of innovative learning activity: Proctored Case Study Assignments
Proctored case study assignments in NP706 use graded low-fidelity simulations to assess student knowledge of the content and require a high level of critical thinking from students. Students are given a complex patient situation that they must work through from start to finish using their clinical sources, nursing knowledge, and critical thinking skills. Throughout the assignments, students are required to prioritize differentials or clinical actions in multiple option items. There is also a focus on documentation, and students are required to, for example, place pieces of provided patient information into the proper SOAP note sections using the matching feature. The assignments are open book/note/internet and are administered through Canvas, making use of alternative assessment options that Canvas has to offer. Items are matching, multiple drop down, multiple choice, ranking, and true/false.