NEWS RELEASE

June 20, 2007

Contact: Rachel Burnett, 272-3651/272-3322

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-Dr. Jean Giddens, associate professor at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CoN), recently received the 4th annual Bayada Award for Technological Innovation in Nursing Education and Practice from the Drexel University Nursing Education Institute in Miami, Florida.

Giddens was awarded for her project, The Neighborhood, a virtual Web-based community consisting of households and various supporting community agencies that feature 36 characters. The Neighborhood is an innovative approach that fosters a multicontextual learning environment in undergraduate nursing education. It represents a combination of story telling, longitudinal case-based learning, and reflection as theoretical foundations for learning.

The benefits of The Neighborhood include facilitating a different type of learning environment for students that extends beyond the walls of the classroom. It has the potential to have a profound impact on nursing education and other health sciences education, because of the possible translation to multidisciplinary learning.

Giddens was chosen to receive the award among numerous entries from nurse clinicians and educators nationally and internationally and was judged on her technology’s innovativeness, and its impact on nursing education or patient care.

The goal of the Bayada Technology Award is to recognize and reward the lasting and vital contributions of nurses through their use of technology.