Newswise — WASHINGTON, D.C., April 25, 2019 – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce that 35 nursing faculty from across the nation have been selected to participate in the 2019 AACN-Apple Digital Innovation Bootcamp: From Content to Action, which will be held June 24-27 in Austin, Texas.

In keeping with association's strategic goal to serve as the driving force for innovation and excellence in academic nursing, AACN launched this initiative to provide new opportunities for nursing faculty to leverage the latest technology to enhance learning in the classroom, laboratory, online, and clinical settings. Those invited to participate in this highly interactive event will enjoy sessions on preparing digital content, developing iOS mobile apps and multi-touch books, and creating an engaging learning environment.

"Rapid advances in technology are transforming both how students learn and how they are taught," said Dr. Ann Cary, Chair of the AACN Board of Directors. "I applaud those selected to attend this year's bootcamp for their commitment to leveraging the latest technology and digital innovations to foster a truly interactive learning experience for today's nursing student."

Following a competitive application process that was completed by more than 130 nursing faculty and staff, the following individuals were selected to attend the bootcamp:

  • Patricia Bachmeier, Loyola University Chicago
  • Brittany Baker, North Carolina Central University
  • Nancy Barker, West Chester University
  • Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, George Washington University
  • Deb Bomgaars, Dordt College
  • Rebecca Boruff, Texas Woman's University
  • Kristen Brown, Johns Hopkins University
  • Miriam Butler, University of Missouri
  • Lara Climer, West Coast University
  • Susan Conaty-Buck, University of Delaware
  • Elizabeth Cutezo, Pennsylvania State University
  • Heather DeGrande, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
  • Laureen Donovan, James Madison University
  • Cora Fabish, Bradley University
  • Elizabeth Fiske, Appalachian State University
  • Anne Marie Flatekval, Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Theresa Granger, University of Southern California
  • Janice Gries, Aurora University
  • Lee-Ann Halbert, University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • Amy Hilleren-Listerud, St. Cloud State University
  • Stacen Keating, New York University
  • Janice Lanham, Clemson University
  • Necole Leland, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Susan Newberg, Saint Anthony College of Nursing
  • Tiffany Nielsen, University of California, Irvine
  • Amy Owen, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • J'Laine Proctor, University of Wyoming
  • Cynthia Rothenberger, Alvernia University
  • Colleen Sanders, Marymount University
  • Sue Schuelke, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Tara Serwetnyk, University of Rochester
  • Marilou Shreve, University of Arkansas
  • Mindy Tait, La Salle University
  • Rhonda Tower Siddens, Sacred Heart University
  • Bev Wilgenbusch, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus

Program participants come from 21 states plus the District of Columbia and represent an array of institution types, including small liberal arts programs, public and private schools, and large academic health centers. Those attending will share details about their individual projects produced as part of this immersion experience at an upcoming AACN conference, which may include one of the following:

AACN is grateful to the following members of the AACN Faculty Leadership Network (FLN) and two alumni faculty from the 2018 bootcamp, who were instrumental in selecting bootcamp participants:

  • Maureen Baker, University of North Carolina (2018 Bootcamp Alumni)
  • Sharon Dormire, Texas A&M University
  • Jenny Erkfitz, Aspen University
  • Susan Malkemes, Wilkes University
  • Rhonda Maneval, Pace University
  • Lisa Merritt, University of Missouri, Saint Louis (2018 Bootcamp Alumni)
  • Brenda Morris, Arizona State University

For more information about the AACN-Apple Collaboration, see the bootcamp event page.


About the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for academic nursing representing 825 schools of nursing nationwide. AACN establishes quality standards for nursing education, influences the nursing profession to improve health care, and promotes public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.