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COD Receives Inaugural Hearst Foundations Award from national League for Nursing

The National League for Nursing (NLN) will present the inaugural Hearst Foundations Award to College of the Desert at the September Conference in Anaheim. The award is for demonstrating exceptional integration of the innovative Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors (ACES) curriculum and resources, reflecting the high priority NLN has placed on preparing the nursing workforce to improve the quality of care delivered to older adults, a growing segment of today's patient population.

College of the Desert Elderly Care and Aged Relevancy Endeavor (CODE CARE) is a comprehensive program that utilizes the ACES unfolding cases as well as electronic medical records and role playing to introduce students to key health care issues for older adults. The two lead faculty who will accept the award from the NLN and Hearst Foundations on behalf of the college, Betty Baluski, MEd, BSN, RNC and Linda Murphy, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, will also participate in a pre-summit panel on Wednesday, Sept. 19, to share their ACES-related innovations in geriatric nursing education. Ms. Baluski, assistant professor and coordinator of the Simulation Skills Lab, noted that her goal is to "ensure a better-prepared student for future health care needs.” The college will appear on the NLN website for a year as having won the award.
The web-based ACES program, whose expansion was made possible by a generous $1.2 million multi-year Hearst Foundations grant, was developed in partnership with Community College of Philadelphia, with support from the John A. Hartford and Independence Foundations and Laerdal Medical. Nursing schools became eligible to receive the Hearst Foundations Award by participating in one of the Hearst-funded state workshops held in the past year to provide guidance to faculty in teaching geriatrics, utilizing ACES: Essential Nursing Actions as a guide.
"We are delighted to recognize the College of the Desert whose faculty applied lessons learned in the Hearst Foundations-funded workshop held in the state of California to create innovative experiences for students,” remarked Paul "Dino" Dinovitz, executive director of the Hearst Foundations.
August 2012