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International Competition Identifies Leaders in Transforming Nursing Education

The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, Khan Academy, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing are pleased to announce that 14 individuals have been chosen to join a select group of educators working to transform how health education is delivered across disciplines around the globe.

The partnering organizations launched an international competition last fall to generate interest among health profession students, faculty, and practitioners in creating innovative healthcare tutorials with videos and exercises, which will be made available for free through the Khan Academy website.

This content will support graduates of nursing programs in preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam.

"Khan Academy is excited to welcome this diverse group of content creators who possess the right mix of energy and expertise needed to advance our mission to provide a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere," said Rishi Desai, MD, MPH, Program Lead for Medical Partnerships at Khan Academy. "The dynamic content developed by this group will serve as a rich resource for health professionals and the public worldwide."

"This competition clearly captured the attention of an international audience of health educators with an eye for evolving traditional teaching methods for contemporary audiences," said Darlene Curley, MS, RN, FAAN, executive director, Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. "We are pleased to support this effort to spark innovation and enthusiasm around using technology to develop instructional content that can benefit all healthcare providers, including nursing students preparing for the national licensing exam."

"The collaborating organizations are committed to providing cutting edge teaching tools that will serve as a resource for ongoing learning and refreshment for nurses and other healthcare providers," added AACN President, Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN.
The competition received almost 100 submissions from individuals around the world, emerging from over 60 hospitals and academic institutions. Competition submissions represented the disciplines of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, and graduate studies in biological science. The competition winners include:

Akbarshakh Akhmerov, Cornell University
Adrian Anzaldua, Stanford University
Katie Baraki, University of Utah
Joshua Cohen, University of Miami
Amy Fan, University of Virginia
Jannah George, TootRN
Gricelda Gomez, Harvard University
A.J. Grieco, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Nimra Khan, University of Illinois
Ian Mannarino, University of California - Irvine
Lisa Miklush, Gonzaga University
Srinivas Prasad, Wuesthoff Medical Center
Leslie Samuel, Andrews University
Nauroz Syed, Johns Hopkins University

The competition winners have been invited to further sharpen their technical skills by participating in a training camp with Khan Academy educators on March 2-9, 2014 in California. To read more about the winners, see


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