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Utilizing health technology to build equity in learning

Nursing iPad Initiative

Nursing 1:1 iPad Initiative

The Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing is proud to announce our innovative iPad initiative to enhance the educational experience for students the only 1:1 iPad program among Minnesota nursing schools. As part of their nursing technology fees, students admitted to the School of Nursing receive the latest iPad technology, Apple Pencil, and case, empowering them with cutting-edge tools and resources.

Nursing students use iPad:

  • as a library of all their nursing e-textbooks and resources
  • to create podcasts
  • to take notes in class
  • to complete assignments
  • to access Nursing Central, a decision support tool that contains constantly updated drug and lab information, a medical dictionary, and other resources

The iPad initiative helps better prepare students for using technology in their nursing careers and sets a new standard for equity in nursing education by ensuring all students have access to the same cutting-edge technology. By equipping students with these technological resources, St. Thomas aims to reduce barriers and unlock students' potential to make significant impacts in the field of health care.

“I love the iPad and it has definitely helped my studying. I really enjoy using the iPad for SIM pre-work and for in-class activities!”

Hanna Jennings, MSN Class of 2024

Example Student Content

Student notes on heart failure case study

Simulation Heart Failure Case Study

Our students are always finding new ways to utilize iPad to enhance their learning. For example, some students make notes on case studies directly from iPad, like this example from Hanna Jennings (student work shared with permission). 


Faculty member and student working with an iPad showing a heart

Nursing Central

The School of Nursing utilizes Nursing Central, a teaching and learning platform for iPad that includes a variety of tools, reference materials, and educational modules to prepare students for success on the NCLEX® exam and in nursing practice.