School of Nursing Faculty Receive VCU Quest Global Impact Awards
Marianne Baernholdt, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, FAAN, professor and director of the Langston Center for Quality, Safety, and Innovation, and Shelly Orr, M.S.N., RN, CNE, clinical instructor, received a VCU Quest Global Impact Award for a virtual global classroom and global visiting scholars. Their project, titled “Teaching and Researching Quality of End of Life Care in the U.S. and England,” will involve developing, implementing, and evaluating a joint EOL care curriculum for students in the United States and England to be taught in a virtual classroom. Co-collaborators include two visiting scholars from the School of Health and Population Sciences at the University of Birmingham in England — Alistair Hewison, Ph.D., M.A., BSc, Cert ED (FE), RN, senior lecturer, research lead for nursing, and Cara Bailey, Ph.D., RGN, M.N., senior lecturer, lead for postgraduate studies and CPD.
Another School of Nursing faculty member, Allison Gregory, M.S., RN, FNP-BC, clinical assistant professor, is a co-investigator on a cross-campus collaboration with colleagues in the School of World Studies. The team was awarded a Quest Global Impact Award for its proposal to develop a Spanish language and cultural competence course for nursing and other health professional students. The course will incorporate teletandem methods to connect VCU health professional students to counterparts in partner universities in Spanish speaking countries to practice language skills and enhance knowledge of other countries’ health systems.
VCU’s Quest Global Impact Awards are grants of up to $20,000 awarded through the university’s Global Education Office to projects that support the university’s global priorities to improve the recruitment and retention of international students and scholars, increase the global engagement of VCU students and faculty, and expand VCU’s global footprint through research, teaching and global engagement.