While the NYCNECT program has formally come to a close, a selection of pages remain published here for archival/informational purposes.

Former consortium members and other CUNY colleagues who are interested in networking are encouraged to join the Nursing Educators at CUNY group on the CUNY Academic Commons.

Thank you to all who participated in the program and helped make it a resounding success!



[Archived Project]

The New York City Nursing Education Consortium in Technology (NYCNECT) was a 5-year, faculty-staff development program funded by the HRSA Faculty Development: Integrated Technology into Nursing Education and Practice initiative. The project ran from January 2011 to December 2015.

Led by Dr. Donna Nickitas, Project Director and Mr. Shawn McGinniss, Project Manager and Instructional Designer, NYCNECT built a CUNY-wide consortium of talented educators, champions of innovation, and nationally-renowned speakers to improve faculty competencies in teaching with simulation, informatics/Health IT, telehealth, and other health care and educational technologies. Consortium members participated in hands-on workshops and team-based project learning experiences over an academic year, developing their expertise to serve as “Transformers” at their home institutions who champion the use of health care and educational technologies to improve student learning outcomes.

NYCNECT successfully recruited, trained, and supported the teaching/learning initiatives and pilot projects of 207 faculty trainees across 13 CUNY schools and programs of nursing, leading to the generation of 68 consortium member projects to address a variety of issues and challenges at members’ home institutions. The use of a consortium model helped establish long-lasting linkages and provided unique opportunities for community-building, inter-campus collaboration, and information sharing among faculty and staff across CUNY.

By increasing faculty and staff expertise in the use of simulation, informatics, and telehealth, NYCNECT supported the professional development needs of its consortium members in their goals to become better educators, prepare students for 21st century health care practice, improve the quality of care provided, and reduce health disparities in under-served populations through the training of a highly skilled, culturally competent health care workforce.