Piloting the iPad in the Nurse Practitioner Programs

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The iROC Initiative is currently being piloted in the Nurse Practitioner programs. Students use the iPad in clinical settings to bring current evidence to the bedside and facilitate best practices in patient education. In 2020-2021:

  • The iPad was introduced in the Fall 2020 Advanced Health Assessment Course for students to videotape physical examinations. Using a consistent type of technology enabled IT to provide better student support. In addition, instructional designers could create instructional videos and resources targeted specifically for the iPad.
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner students brought iPad devices to clinical. The iPads have facilitated patient education and preventive health strategies by having mobile access to clinical practice guidelines. One student commented, "It allows us to bring current evidence to the bedside."
  • The iPad have reduced the "competition" to access a computer in clinical settings. 
  • The portability of the iPad devices have been beneficial for clinical faculty to use while evaluating NP students in the clinical setting.
  • Pilot continues in clinical courses; using in clinical and with computerized patient virtual cases.