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McKeesport Resident Receives Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Lynn Simko of McKeesport, a clinical associate professor in the Duquesne University School of Nursing, was recently honored with a Creative Teaching Award at the annual Celebration of Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at Duquesne University.

Simko was selected for developing a mock code simulation experience for undergraduate nursing students. Students were pre-tested, then attended lectures on advanced cardiac life support guidelines. Later, each student was assigned a role involved in a code situation, each with a unique mock code depending on the actions/treatment decisions made by students. The simulation was videotaped and replayed to participants in a debriefing session. Scores were much greater on the post-test than on the pre-test.

The annual CTE award was designed to recognize faculty members who introduced innovative ways of teaching and assessed the impact it had on the learning process.

The CTE was founded in 1989 at Duquesne University to promote excellence in teaching at all levels, from beginning graduate teaching assistants to senior faculty scholars. Working collaboratively with faculty, the CTE utilizes university resources to create an educational culture that values and rewards teaching for the primary purpose of enhancing student learning.

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