Elsevier announces first recipient of the ‘Elsevier Exceptional Nurse Educator’ award

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, revealed the first recipient of the “Elsevier Exceptional Nurse Educator” award at the Elsevier Mosby Faculty Development Institute, held at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 2-4.

The award acknowledges the work of a nurse educator who presents an exceptional level of skill, innovation and effectiveness to promote student learning, professionalism and self-confidence. Entries were nominated by a peer and were reviewed and judged by a panel of experienced nursing professionals. This year, Sarah Farrell PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNL, Associate Professor at the University of Virginia was recognized for her involvement in the integration of technology into the classroom.

Dr. Farrell teaches informatics, health policy, psychiatric nursing, leadership and an intra-professional course on “evaluating health information on the web.” Her research studies use emerging technologies for patients in the area of health promotion and maintenance. Farrell holds a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine and sits on that School Faculty Development Advisory Committee as well as the School of Engineering NLM advisory committee.

“At Elsevier, it is important to give recognition to those health care professionals who demonstrate the qualities that go above and beyond the role of a nurse educator,” said Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, Director of Academic Consulting Group, Elsevier. “We received numerous entries for the award – more than we anticipated for the first year – and we hope to receive even more entries next year.”

In collaboration with Contemporary Forums, leading provider of continuing education (CE) for healthcare professionals, the Elsevier Mosby Faculty Development Institute brings together health care professionals to learn about the latest developments affecting nurse educators, including quality with online education, how to think like a nurse and team-based learning. The three-day conference, attended by over 600 nursing educators, featured more than 90 poster abstracts, a full day continuing nursing education (CNE) course by Diane M. Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN and Linda J. Caputi, MSN, EdD, RN, ANEF, CNE and several speaker sessions. In addition, a webcast option was provided for those who preferred to attend virtually.

“As technology and health science information continue to innovate, nurse educators are faced with numerous demands including the need to graduate highly competent nurses and incorporate techniques for teaching with new technology tools,” said Sportsman. “With these challenges, it is important for nurse educators to continue to learn about new effective teaching strategies in order to make an impact on student and program success.”

For more information on the 2012 Elsevier Mosby Faculty Development Institute, including 2013 conference information, visit: http://www.contemporaryforums.com/Live-CE-Conferences/ElsevierMosbys-Faculty-Development-Institute/.