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Women For Health Donation's Enduring Benefits: Valley Nurse Nominated for GEM Award 

Ridgewood, New Jersey September 9, 2016  It started with a donation by Women for Health in 2014 and has led to Valley's own Clinical Practice Specialist Beth McGovern attending the GEM awards as a finalist in the Excellence in Education and Mentorship category this week.

Let's start from the beginning:  Women For Health is a special group of women donors who collectively give to The Valley Hospital Foundation every year.  Pooling their social and philanthropic resources, members individually commit $1,000 per year. Click here to learn more about Women For Health.

In 2014, this philanthropic group elected to provide their collective funding of $120,000 to The Valley Hospital’s Simulation Lab. Simulation learning is a bridge between classroom learning and real lifesituations. With its origins in the military and the airline industry, simulation is now coming of age in health care. This type of adult learning helps us to evaluate individual and team performance, and hands-on skills in high risk situations. High tech simulation mannequins andcomputer generated scenarios are the core of this type of learning.  Because of this generous donation from the Women For Health, Valley’s mannequin family grew to include an adult male; plus provides for the additional purchase of Limbs and Things, which are various body parts used to develop competency inspecific tasks and skills such as IV starts, catheterization, chest tube insertion, etc. 

Less than two years later, Valley's own Beth McGovern is a finalist for a GEM award, which is a prestigious award recognizing nursing excellence, and Beth was nominated by her nurse colleagues for her teaching practices using these tools. READ ARTICLE.