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Misericordia University nursing professor selected for AACN’s national program with Apple

Lisa Shustack, Ed.D., M.S.N., M.S.Ed., R.N., assistant professor of nursing at Misericordia University, has been selected to participate in the inaugural “Digital Innovation Bootcamp: From Concept to Action,” sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and Apple in July.

Dr. Shustack, a first-year faculty member in the undergraduate nursing program, is one of 30 individuals chosen for the highly competitive program through a nationwide application process. Apple will host the bootcamp at its campus in Austin, Texas, from July 9-12. Dr. Shustack will join other nurse educators from across the United States to learn about the leading technologies that are available to transform the higher education learning experience.

Apple development executives and distinguished educators will lead the program that provides a unique opportunity to apply learning theories and education models to developing engaging and inspiring digital content for students, according to AACN.

Dr. Shustack’s project proposal focuses on developing an augmented reality app for use in a virtually enhanced simulated clinical experience. Nursing educators are required to complete a digital project as part of the program. AACN may select them to present their digital projects at one of the national conferences in 2018 or 2019.

A resident of Dallas, Dr. Shustack holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Cedar Crest College, Allentown; a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Phoenix, Arizona; a Master of Science in education in instructional media from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, and a doctorate in education, administration and leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana.

Misericordia University features the oldest nursing program in the area and graduates more students in the health sciences than any other college or university in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers three undergraduate nursing programs: traditional, full-time nursing students; part-time evening program for adult students; and the RN to BSN Expressway Program. The undergraduate nursing programs are designed to meet the special educational and scheduling needs of adult and traditional students. They all lead to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

The MSN nursing program meets the special needs of current BSN registered nurses who desire an advanced practice specialization as a family nurse practitioner. Misericordia also offers a post-master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner for nurses who already have an advanced clinical master’s degree and who wish to change or expand their practice focus to primary care. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education in health assessment, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic health conditions with expertise in health promotion and disease prevention. Graduate programming leads to the MSN and provides course work in a convenient part-time, one-day-a-week format.

The University also offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in two formats to accommodate the needs of busy health care professionals and in response to a growing national need.

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