Digital Innovators Program


Program Overview

The Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2022-2023 GNSA Digital Innovators Program, a member-exclusive opportunity for graduate students who are interested in becoming future nursing faculty. 

As the ability to use digital mobile technology and pedagogy is more imperative than ever, the GNSA Digital Innovators Program will offer participants modern approaches and creative methods to educating the future nursing workforce. This team-based program will focus on developing digital creators through a series of virtual sessions twice a month that will help build a skillset in preparation for a final digital showcase. Content will be delivered by Apple Education’s leadership and learning teams. 

A total of 15 student pairs (30 individuals total) will be selected for the program. Alumni from the first cohort will provide support to the teams in preparation for the final showcase. The program will begin in January 2023 and conclude at the GNSA conference in August 2023 in Washington, DC.

In order to be eligible, team members must:

  1. Submit one team application consisting of two graduate students
  2. Be interested in teaching
  3. Be current GNSA members
  4. Submit a letter of support from their nursing school dean/director

As you begin forming your team, ensure that the teams include a diversity of thought, ideas, and perspectives. 

Important Note: Teams interested in applying should be comfortable using Apple technology as this will help you practice the skills expanded upon during the virtual sessions and, for the duration of the program, have access to a personalized iPad that can load the latest iPadOS and is compatible with an Apple Pencil.

To apply for this opportunity, click on the button below to apply.

Applications are currently closed.

Time Commitment

On average, teams will dedicate between 5-6 hours each month to this program. Activities include engaging in learning sessions, reflecting with program participants, creating content, and collaborating with team members to develop the final showcase project. Classes will take place on the second Tuesday of every month at 2:00 PM ET and the fourth Thursday of every month at 3:00 PM ET. 

Topics to be covered during learning sessions include:

  • Creating Clips
  • Preparing a portfolio
  • Publishing
  • Podcasts
  • Building a Community


  • Universal design


  • Watch and Health app
  • Telling your Story
  • Essentials of nursing


  • Productivity


  • ResearchKit
  • Future of learning


  • Creating interactive templates


  • Augmented reality


Final Showcase

The showcase will provide teams with an opportunity to engage with the broader community and demonstrate the skillset they have acquired through telling their story. Teams will give a brief presentation on their project at the GNSA Conference, which will take place in August 2023 in Washington, DC. Teams are responsible for their own travel and accommodations to the showcase. Information about registering for the GNSA Conference will be provided in January.