Next Generation NCLEX (NGN): A Brief Summary

by Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Does the NCLEX-RN™ Examination measure the knowledge, skills, and abilities newly graduated pre-licensure nurses need in order to practice safely in the rapidly evolving practice environment?  This was the question the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)’s NCLEX Examination Committee asked the Examination staff in 2016, stimulating an extensive research project to determine the ability of current and potential innovative test items to adequately test nursing clinical judgment. Continue reading “Next Generation NCLEX (NGN): A Brief Summary”

Why Effective Assessment is Important to Student Success

by Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Assessment, the starting point to an effective clinical judgment, is an important competency of nurses and other health care providers. When caring for patients, we use a wide range of assessment techniques, including review of the presenting complaint; health history; complete physical assessment; and family, social, and cultural history, to collect sufficient data to plan patient-centered care.  However, we all know that in certain clinical situations, a complete assessment is not an appropriate strategy, because of the patient’s condition and/or limited time and resources available.  In those situations, a focused assessment that delves into a specific identified problem or issue is more appropriate. Continue reading “Why Effective Assessment is Important to Student Success”

Analyzing the Problem: The First Step in Improving NCLEX First-Time Pass Rates

by Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

The final results of first time NCLEX-pass rates are in—and you and your nursing faculty colleagues are concerned.  There has been a significant drop in the first-time pass rate of your program compared to the year before.  Inconsistent pass rates have occurred for the last ten years.  What can be done? Continue reading “Analyzing the Problem: The First Step in Improving NCLEX First-Time Pass Rates”

Faculty Development: Is it Important?

By Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

“You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” ― Julia Child

A core belief of nursing educators is that a life of professional inquiry is an essential component of a successful nursing career. Standards promulgated by nursing professional organizations speak to life-long learning. Many state nurse practice acts and certification bodies require documentation of Continue reading “Faculty Development: Is it Important?”

Student Engagement and the Brain

By Susan Sportsman, RN, PhD, ANEF, FAAN

An idea gaining momentum in nursing education over the last decade or so suggests that student engagement promotes success in school, on the NCLEX examination, and ultimately in practice. In response to the resulting “Flipping the Classroom” mantra, most of us have instituted some level of active learning into our classrooms as a means of encouraging student engagement. Despite grumbling from some students (“Why do we have to teach ourselves?”), these approaches have often seemed effective—at least for many students.

As I talk to faculty from across the country, I hear Continue reading “Student Engagement and the Brain”

Why did you become a Nurse Educator?

by Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

The shortage of nursing faculty is severe and likely to become worse in the next several years. There are many interrelated reasons for this—reasons that we all know well. However, many of you reading this blog chose to Continue reading “Why did you become a Nurse Educator?”

The Engaged Student: Reading with Purpose

by Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Educational research has consistently found that if students are engaged in the learning process, they are more likely to be successful in developing the identified competencies. For the last 10 years or so, nursing educators have Continue reading “The Engaged Student: Reading with Purpose”

The Complex Challenge of Improving NCLEX Pass Rates

By Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

The September 2017 Collaborative Momentum Consulting blog “What were the program’s NCLEX scores this year?” sparked a considerable amount of Continue reading “The Complex Challenge of Improving NCLEX Pass Rates”

Interprofessional Education: Getting Initiatives Off the Ground

by Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

The rapidly changing health care landscape increasingly requires caregivers to provide evidence-based, interprofessional care and to prepare students to exhibit these competencies upon graduation. To underscore this requirement, educational and practice accrediting bodies expect Continue reading “Interprofessional Education: Getting Initiatives Off the Ground”

Concept Based Curriculum in Nursing Education: What do we know?

by Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

For the last fifteen years, nurse educators have struggled to offer a curriculum that prepares students for successful practice after graduation (and success on the NCLEX examination), without falling into the trap of Continue reading “Concept Based Curriculum in Nursing Education: What do we know?”