Call for Interest: New Nurse Practitioner Task Force

March 30, 2022

Make an Impact: Work with Aquifer to Advance Medical Education

Aquifer—a unique non-profit organization dedicated to advancing healthcare education—will be inviting Nurse Practitioners to join the new Nurse Practioner Task Force. This group will bring the voice, interests, and experiences of nurse practitioner educators to Aquifer, and work to develop educator tools and training materials to support physician assistant programs using Aquifer to achieve better student outcomes by integrating Aquifer into their curriculum.

This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a scholarly project on a national level and advance healthcare education through collaboration. With over 15 million virtual patient cases completed since our founding in 2006, Aquifer is the leader in developing clinical teaching and learning tools for medical and health professions education. Aquifer needs your help ensuring that our learning tools meet the needs of nurse practitioner educators.

Aquifer Nurse Practitioner Task Force Details


To further develop Aquifer’s teaching and learning resources as a valuable tool for nurse practitioner educators.


This is an open invitation to all nurse practitioner educators who use Aquifer courses. The group will be supported by Aquifer staff and led by:

Marcy Ainslie, EdD, APRN, FNP
Asst. Professor, CHHS
University of New Hampshire
Department of Nursing

Sherilyn Smith, MD
Chief Academic Officer, Aquifer
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine


The Aquifer Nurse Practitioner Task Force will:

  • Develop and review faculty materials to support the use of Aquifer cases in the nurse practitioner curriculum
  • Provide input to Aquifer leadership regarding the priorities and unique needs of nurse practitioner programs


The Task Force will work actively for approximately one year, with work starting in late summer 2022. Work will include:

  • Monthly video conference calls
  • Working offline on prioritized projects, with work reviewed by the group on monthly calls

The Nurse Practitioner Task Force will be open for applications later this spring. If you are interested in having additional Task Force information and a link to the application sent directly to you when it becomes available, please add your email to this list.

We hope you will consider joining the Nurse Practitioner Task Force and work with us to better serve the needs of nurse practitioner educators and students.

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