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TWU's Fogg and Wilson receive national nursing faculty award


Niki Fogg                           Jennifer Wilson

DALLAS — Texas Woman’s University’s Niki Fogg and Jennifer Wilson are among only three nursing faculty in the nation to receive 2011 Novice Faculty Teaching Awards from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Launched earlier this year, the AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Award recognizes excellence and innovation in nursing education by early career faculty at AACN member schools. Two awards are presented each year: one for didactic teaching and the second for clinical teaching. Ms. Fogg and Ms. Wilson are joint recipients for the clinical teaching award.

The AACN represents more than 670 nursing colleges and schools at public and private institutions nationwide.

“To have two of our nursing faculty recognized by this important national organization speaks to the quality and reputation of TWU’s College of Nursing,” said Dr. Patricia Holden-Huchton, dean of the TWU College of Nursing. “I know I join Ms. Fogg’s and Ms. Wilson’s colleagues in congratulating them for this prestigious honor.”

Both Ms. Fogg and Ms. Wilson are assistant clinical professors at the Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center.

In fall 2008, they assisted a TWU faculty team in developing a new child health competencies course. Using simulation and laboratory activities, they implemented innovative, student-centered teaching strategies to integrate theory and clinical practice, thereby encouraging clinical reasoning.

“I am grateful and proud to be part of a talented teaching team that is creative, supportive and diverse in clinical backgrounds,” said Ms. Wilson, MSN, RN, CPN. “I attribute my success to their support and mentoring.”

Examples of Ms. Fogg’s and Ms. Wilson’s innovations include:
• Innovations in Simulation “A Season for Simulation” — a series of evolving theme-based simulations focusing on assessment, prioritization, communication and treatment using SBAR methods allowing for assessment of clinical reasoning
• Medication Safety Simulations — a medication administration simulation to replace the traditional pediatric medication calculation test, allowing faculty to reinforce quality and safety approaches in pediatric medication education
• Mobile Skills Stations — mobile simulation tools for “just-in-time” education and reinforcement of pediatric skills and concepts in the clinical setting by clinical faculty
• “Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader?” — initially developed as a clinical teaching project for nursing students, the activity shows fifth-graders how math is incorporated into nursing through developmentally appropriate interactive stations. It has evolved into a collaborative project with the adult health course in which nursing students promote nursing as a “thinking profession” by teaching high school students critical thinking skills through high fidelity simulation. This project has assisted with recruitment efforts in the TWU College of Nursing by targeting students previously considering a career in science, technology, or math, who may now consider the field of nursing.

“I think it is important to find new ways of facilitating learning in the clinical setting that is educational and enjoyable to students,” said Ms. Fogg, MS, RN, CPN. “As a novice educator, it is a privilege to work with such a wonderful team of experienced faculty in the TWU College of Nursing who are supportive of these educational innovations.”

Ms. Fogg received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and her master of science in nursing education from TWU. A certified pediatric nurse, she is active in the Society of Pediatric Nurses, serving on the national public policy committee and as past Dallas-Fort Worth chapter president. She is also a member of the national nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau. Ms. Fogg recently was honored as one of the “Great 100 Nurses” of North Central Texas and has published in the area of pediatric nursing.

Ms. Wilson’s clinical background is in pediatric oncology and general pediatrics. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Maryland and a master of science in nursing with a specialization in oncology from George Mason University. She is a certified pediatric nurse and is an active member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses and the Society of Pediatric Nurses, serving on the national education committee.

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