Next Generation NCLEX: The Importance of Cues

Given the buzz around Next Generation NCLEX (NGN), you probably already have a good understanding of what NGN is and what you can be doing now to start preparing for this increased focus on clinical judgment. (If not, check out our recent articles on these topics.) This month we will drill down into the use of cues as a means of providing opportunities for nursing students to practice clinical judgment throughout their educational experience.

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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”

“What were the program’s NCLEX scores this year?”

By Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Nurse educators have heard this phrase dozens and dozens of times in their career.  At times we can reply with pride (and often relief!)—“Our first time pass rate exceeded our expectations, and we were expecting this class to do very well!” Other times we are counting every student who passes with crossed fingers and bated breath.  Over the years as a faculty, Associate Dean, and Dean, I have had both experiences and have spent considerable time thinking about ways to maintain or improve my students’ NCLEX scores.

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