RNS: Bronze Winner in the 23rd Annual Digital Health Awards® (Fall Session)

We are proud to announce that the Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS) was a recipient of the fall 2021 Digital Health Awards®! The RNS received bronze in the Medical Animation category for our course The Clinical Evidence: Making the Appropriate Treatment Choices in PsA

Organized by the Health Information Resource Center, and an extension of HIRC’s National Health Information Awards, the Digital Health Awards®  honor high-quality health resources for consumers and health professionals. Due to the dynamic nature of digital health resources, the Digital Health Awards® are held every spring and fall. A panel of health technology professionals judges the entries based on content, format and success in reaching the targeted health audience and overall quality.

The RNS was awarded specifically for our course The Clinical Evidence: Making the Appropriate Treatment Choices in Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) from our webinar series Dear Diary. As a part of our impactful series, these courses serve to Unlock the Secrets to Better Care of Patients with Psoriatic Psoriasis for learners.

Each Dear Diary course is designed to meet the educational needs of rheumatology nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, including a webinar, animations featuring real-life experiences from patients with rheumatic diseases, and an evaluation for learners to complete to gain continuing nursing contact hours.

Our winning webinar was taught by Barbara Kienzle, BSN, RN, who breaks down psoriatic arthritis in patients into six different domains, offering instruction on initial assessments with patients, and discusses medication advice based on the patients’ current conditions. The following animated voiceover offers candid, heart-rending accounts of patients’ experiences with common pain, ailments, and deterioration in the quality of life that many patients often face but may not always divulge in an appointment.

Learning objectives for this course include identifying specific characteristics of PsA that differentiate the condition for other common rheumatic diseases, assessing learners’ ability to empathize with PsA patients about common issues related to their daily struggles, identifying appropriate questions which may help quickly uncover core issues, and analyzing opportunities to optimize therapy in patients based on medication efficacy and side effect profile.

We are so grateful to the Digital Health Awards® for this acknowledgment. We are also so proud of our team for their hard work and innovative ways of highlighting patients’ daily struggles while equipping healthcare workers to better serve patients with rheumatic diseases. Read the full news release for the 23rd Annual Digital Health Awards® here.

Participants will receive 0.5 hours of continuing nursing contact hours, including .5 pharmacotherapeutic contact hours, by completing the education in our course: The Clinical Evidence: Making the Appropriate Treatment Choices in PsA

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