Peterson wins FHSU faculty innovation award

HAYS, KS -- Jane Peterson, assistant professor of nursing, has been named by a faculty recognition committee as the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Innovation Award for her performance in Fort Hays State University's College of Health and Life Sciences.

The faculty recognition program rewards outstanding teacher innovators and outstanding mediated classroom teachers from each of the four colleges of the university. Two other special awards -- Teacher/Scholar/Innovator of the Year and Faculty Advisor of the Year -- are also part of the program. Recipients are selected by a committee chaired or appointed by the respective college dean.

One award is given each month over the period August through May. Peterson is the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Innovation Award for November. She received a check for $300 and a university lapel pin that signifies teaching excellence. The university provides two-thirds of the financial award and the other third comes from Commerce Bank of Hays, which established a fund with the university to help recognize outstanding faculty teaching.

Dr. Tony Fernandez, dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences, said: "Jane is a faculty member who has shown noteworthy innovation for meeting course objectives for advanced practice family nurse practitioner students. She teaches at the graduate level, and she has enhanced the Adult and Aging Preceptorship by creatively using the nursing home setting."

"She carefully assessed learner advanced practice needs and implemented innovations such as nursing rounds with the elderly with great success," he said. "I believe the innovations show continuous quality improvements for better learning experiences."

Evaluations show that students also consider the learning experience to be excellent. Peterson said several students commented that increasing the amount of time and responsibility in monitoring the frail elderly improved their ability to provide care to those patients.

Peterson came to FHSU in 1998 from Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, NE, where she was the director of the associate degree of nursing program. She earned a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, in 1997 and a master's degree in nursing from Texas Women's University, Denton, in 1981.

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