Students Collaborate to Earn Nomination for National Award

‘The ACTioN Project: All My Patients,’ in which acting students posed as patients for nursing students, was nominated for a Bellwether Award.

It may not be an Academy Award or a Golden Globe. But performances by acting students at Bucks County Community College to help nursing students netted the college a national award nomination.

The Community College Futures Assembly chose Bucks as one of 10 Bellwether Award finalists in the instructional programs and services (IPS) category for “The ACTioN Project: All My Patients.”

The ACTioN project was a collaboration between the Department of the Arts and the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Nursing. Students from acting classes were given a mental-health diagnosis to portray for associate-degree nursing students, while each interaction was recorded by cinema/video students. Nursing students were then able to watch the recordings to get feedback on their skills.

The Community College Futures Assembly received more than 400 entries for its Bellwether Awards, which were narrowed to 10 finalists in three categories. The 30 finalists, including professors from Bucks, presented their projects at the assembly on January 27 in Orlando, Florida. The winner was selected from each category by a panel of national experts. Community College of Baltimore County, Md., was chosen for the IPS category.

Bucks County Community College was the only Bellwether Award finalist from the tri-state Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area.

The Community College Futures Assembly convenes annually as an independent national policy forum for key opinion leaders to work as a “think tank” in identifying critical issues facing community colleges, and to recognize Bellwether Finalists as trend-setting institutions.  For more information, visit the Community College Futures Assembly website or email

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Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations