New Jersey City University Named an Apple Distinguished School

October 18, 2022
NJCU iNurse Initiative

JERSEY CITY, N.J. | New Jersey City University (NJCU) and its nursing program has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2022-2025 for its iNurse Initiative in the Accelerated BSN degree program. 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.”

Dr. Kevin O’Neill, Associate Professor and architect of the iNurse Initiative notes that “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 noted 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. This innovative decision by the nursing faculty was aimed at integrating technology into the curriculum to enhance teaching, learning and patient quality care.

Professor Kevin O'Neill with classroom of nursing students
Dr. Kevin O’Neill, Associate Professor and architect of the iNurse Initiative, with a class of NJCU nursing students utilizing Apple technology.

The program has used Apple mobile devices since 2010, including the iPad. Each student receives an iPad and Apple Pencil. In addition to the Apple devices, students are provided with a faculty-curated suite of medical and nursing apps to help in their learning. Since then, 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. NJCU’s faculty review the technology and apps in use in the program and evaluate new apps on a regular basis to enhance learning in the Accelerated BSN program. Most recently, the program transitioned to the current full-sized iPad and Apple Pencil based on learner and faculty input.

During the three-year designation, Apple Distinguished Schools will share their stories and successes with other educators to enhance learning opportunities for all and will host school visits in collaboration with Apple Education teams. NJCU’s nursing leaders will host these events to discuss the vision for their programs and will showcase how they use Apple products and digital content to create powerful teaching and learning experiences. As such, NJCU and its iNurse Initiative will continuously innovate and explore cutting-edge opportunities for using technology to design the future of education.

About NJCU:
New Jersey City University is an institution of higher learning with an audacious goal: the development of our students, our city, our communities, our state, and the world beyond. We are a game-changing force for our students and their families. Whether our students are enrolled in one of our 50 undergraduate, 30 graduate or three doctoral programs, NJCU provides an affordable, diverse environment, and an exceptionally supportive faculty—all of which prepares them to be critical thinkers in a global landscape.

A proud minority-serving (MSI) and Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) and the anchor institution of the most diverse city in our country, we’re also changing the game for our city, our communities, and our state. As the educational anchor institution in Jersey City, we’ve established partnerships to ensure the area’s growth directly benefits our students and community members. We seek to improve the lives of everyone in the Garden State, whether creating a home for the arts, bringing educational programs to K-12 students, offering bachelor’s degrees in partnership with community colleges, or providing professional development opportunities for adults.

At NJCU, we’re not just educating minds, we’re nourishing souls and lifting communities. We’re changing the game.

Ira Thor
, Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations | | 201-200-3301

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