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New York City Nursing Education Consortium in Technology

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The New York City Nursing Education Consortium in Technology (NYCNECT) was a 5-year, HRSA-funded program for the 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, NYCNECT built a CUNY-wide consortium of highly skilled educators and champions of innovation 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. The use of a consortium model helped establish long-lasting linkages and provided 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 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.


Project Personnel (In Alphabetical Order)

Martin Dornbaum, MS Ed - Technology Advisor

Shawn McGinniss, MSEd - Project Manager, Instructional Designer

Donna Nickitas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FAAN - Project Director

Alexandra Plavskin, MSN, RN - Program Advisor

Margaret Reilly, DNS, RN - Program Advisor

Mary Anne Rizzolo, EdD, RN, FAAN - Project Consultant

Mary Ann Rosa, MSN, GNP, RN, CS - Program Faculty (Telehealth)


For more information about the NYCNECT project, visit