New Jersey City University‘s nursing program has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2022-2025 for its iNurse Initiative in the Accelerated BSN degree program, according to a Tuesday announcement.
NJCU earned the designation following more than a decade of use of Apple technology by the university as a part of the initiative.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking in learning, teaching and the school environment, and have documented results of academic accomplishment.
Jason Kroll, acting president of NJCU, said: “This recognition from Apple is a testament to continuous innovation in learning and teaching by our faculty and students. Our Nursing Department continues to utilize technology to empower our students and enhance their learning. I am grateful to the work of professor Kevin O’Neill and his team for their work throughout the application process.”
O’Neill, associate professor and architect of the iNurse Initiative, notes, “The integration and use of iPad in the curriculum has been an integral part of student success in the Accelerated BSN program.”
Measures of success include improved note-taking and study skills described by students in surveys.
Through its iNurse Initiative, NJCU has included mobile technology in the Accelerated BSN program since the beginning of the program in 2007.
The program has used Apple mobile devices since 2010, including the iPad. In addition to the Apple devices, students are provided with a faculty-curated suite of medical and nursing apps to help in their learning.
Technology tools used in the iNurse Initiative have expanded to include the use of MacBook Pro, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, Apple TV, Keynote, Apple Books and Microsoft Office apps for the iPad and Mac.