Lora Ott (Nursing) and Vida Irani (Biology) published their interdisciplinary pedagogy research study titled “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Real Time Feedback on the Bedside Hand Hygiene Behaviors of Nursing Students” in the May 2015 [54(5):286-289] issue of Journal of Nursing Education, a peer-reviewed journal with 20 percent acceptance rate.
This study explores innovative pedagogy bringing the nonvisible microbial risk to the consciousness of nursing students in an attempt to change hand hygiene behaviors. Ott was awarded the University Senate Research Committee Small Grants Program (2013) award to conduct this collaborative study. Graduate work study funds were generously provided by Mark Correia (Health and Human Services dean) and Deanne Snavely (Natural Sciences and Mathematics dean) to support this semester-long collaborative, interdisciplinary study involving IUP nursing students and regional hospitals.
In addition to the above publication, Ott and Irani were awarded the 2014 IUP Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Recognition Award for Content Pedagogy. Also, data from this study has been presented at national and local forums and has laid the groundwork for a productive year-long study which ended in April 2015.