NURS Graduate Nursing - Johnson Schnepper

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This article describes how mobile computing, specifically tablets, was piloted in Graduate Nursing to transform teaching and learning.

Intended Audience

WSU instructors interested in past faculty experience with tablet devices in the classroom.

Summer, Summer, and Fall 2013 iPad Pilot

Students in this program had access to an iPad tablet to use throughout the program along with several apps selected by Drs. Annie Johnson and Lisa Schnepper for use in class and in the field.

How the iPads are Used in Graduate Nursing

Nurses are in need of large amounts of up-to-date information at all times. Relying on paper resources has two major drawbacks: there are way too many to carry around and the information is quickly out of date.

In this pilot, students were assigned iPads and selected applications to use as reference tools in the classroom and in clinical settings. The idea was to increase access to current medical information and decrease the time to diagnosis and/or treatment.

Professors Johnson and Schnepper hoped to fulfill the following objectives in their pilot:

  • Provide a resource tool for the classroom and clinicals. Information in iPad applications is always up to date and easily carried from patient to patient in a clinical environment.
  • Change the classes to a flipped format. Rather than spend too much class time lecturing, lectures would be prerecorded and watched by the students before class on their iPads or their laptops. This frees time in the classroom for working one-on-one and addressing problems and issues.


Changes in the classroom

  • Students are coming to class more prepared. Having access to the prerecorded lecture materials in the flipped classroom means students have some understanding of the day's content before they come to class. Additionally, students that watch the videos before class come with prepared questions for discussion with the instructor and other classmates.
  • iPads are being used in case studies. Grad students in nursing study many case studies during their educational career. The ease of access to medical information on the iPads make it easier for students to analyze the case study and prepare a professional response.
  • Students are using the iPads to take notes. Notes are stored in the Cloud and can be accessed later from other devices including phones and laptops. Not only are notes available any time, any where, but they cannot get lost or destroyed by coffee spills.


  • Find a way to continue granting Ipad access to grad students. Graduate students are not required to be part of the eWarrior Digital Life and Learning program. That means that once the pilots are done, the grad students will lose access to the tablets. The College of Nursing would like to find a way to continue iPad access to their graduate students as they see the value of their addition to the curriculum.

iPad Applications Employed in Graduate Nursing

Professors Johnson and Schnepper used the following applications in their Graduate Nursing iPad pilot:

  • AIDSinfo
  • Anatomy
  • Assignment Grader
  • Bugs & Drugs
  • CACpro
  • CDC Contraception
  • ColorTest
  • Doctor Derm
  • Dropbox
  • Epocrates
  • Eponyms
  • FaceTime
  • Herbs
  • Keynote
  • KneeDecide
  • Medscape
  • Monthly Prescribing Reference
  • Nearpod
  • Notability
  • Opiods Dosage Conversion
  • Orthpvu
  • Pages
  • Pedi QuikCalc
  • PIKeDiabetes
  • PocketSim
  • Prognosis
  • QxMD Calculate
  • Skype
  • STAT E&M
  • STD
  • STD Tx Guide
  • VisualDx
  • Wikipedia

Descriptions, pricing, and links to iTunes for each of these applications is available on the iPad Pilot Applications page.

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