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UNA’s Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions Partners with Apple for One-to-One Initiative

Aug. 19, 2022

Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – Students entering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing pre-licensure track in the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of North Alabama received some additional technology on their first day of classes. As part of the Apple One-to-One initiative, these students received an iPad preloaded with apps to assist them in their coursework.

“A goal for the University and ACONHP is to increase technology integration to improve and enhance student learning,” said ACONHP Interim Dean Dr. Tera Kirkman. “Instructors and students will use the (preloaded) apps in the classroom for the live student quizzing and polling, whiteboard features, and real-time documentation of patient information in the simulations center.”

The initiative, which is the iNforming the Future of Healthcare Program, is being spearheaded in the College by Dr. Clarissa Hall, Chair of the Department of Nursing, and Melissa DeFoor, Assistant Chair of the Department of Nursing. According to DeFoor, the iPads are a critical component of the students’ experiential learning process, helping them with real-time charting, the simulated patient’s electronic health record, and telehealth communication.

“This innovative initiative will help prepare students for their future nursing practice,” DeFoor said. “Having an iPad through the program will aid in improving the skills necessary for the evolving changes in healthcare technology.”

A representative from UNA’s Information Technology Services and Educational Technology Services was on hand throughout the first week of classes to assist students and answer any additional questions about the use of the technology as part of their courses.

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/