Developed ‘Eat Right Food Toolbox’
SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University nursing faculty Neva Crogan and Alice Dupler have won the 2013 International Award for Nursing Excellence. The award, in the field of research utilization, honors their development of the “Eat Right Food Toolbox,” an innovative menu system they designed and tested for patients at skilled nursing facilities for seniors.
The toolbox gives facilities an easy guide to implement the “Eat Right Food Delivery System,” which allows residents to better direct their own menus – improving the health and quality of life for patients at skilled nursing facilities.
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing sponsors the International Awards for Nursing Excellence to recognize achievements in the fields of technology, media, chapter excellence, research, leadership and practice. The organization is dedicated to fostering top professional standards, recognizing superior achievement, developing leaders, and encouraging creative work.
Crogan and Dupler will be honored for their innovative work Nov. 16-20 at the organization’s convention in Indianapolis.
“This award is truly reflective of a supportive community effort with proactive nursing home providers, long-term care ombudsmen and advanced practice nurses who placed the needs of older adults residing in skilled nursing facilities at the center of the decision-making process,” Dupler said. “By affording them choices, older adults were able to consume sufficient food to maintain their health in a caring and cost-effective environment.”
The award underscores the important partnership between higher education and health care in Spokane to improve the quality of life for all residents, said Brenda Stevenson-Marshall, Gonzaga’s inaugural dean of the School of Nursing and Human Physiology.
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