NurseThink for Nurse Educators: Next Gen Learning: Preparting our Students for the 2023 National Council of State Boards for Nursing, Inc (NCSBN)




Pamela Slagle

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NurseThink for Nurse Educators: Next Gen Learning: Preparing our students for the 2023 National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc (NCSBN) I was fortunate enough to receive an Odyssey Grant to attend the NurseThink for Nurse Educators: Next Gen Learning: Fundamentals, NCLEX, and Beyond on February 17-18, 2023. At this conference I was able to learn several new techniques to be able to assist our students in preparation for taking their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Some of the topics that were discussed at this conference was on Test Item Writing to be able to write test exams that will mimic the new types of questions that the National Council is using. The test items should be revised to focus on the implementation of safe and effective clinical judgment while providing care. There was also a National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Update on Clinical Judgement and Next Generation NCLEX. It has been researched that nursing clinical judgment is expected for new nurse graduates. Another session was on creative teaching strategies and how to bring the clinical judgment into the classroom. One of the things that I learned in this session to teach the didactic portion was to dress in a hospital gown and become the patient in the class and give information to the students such as labs and diagnosis and then allow them to do a clinical assessment and look for potential issues and treatments that their patients will need. Also, the need to bring evidence-based practices into the learning environments. In nursing we are using more simulation to be able to teach our students how to practice nursing without the potential for errors on “live patients”, but the importance of simulation is with debriefing the students to be able to reflect on how to become better clinicians through thoughtful reflection. So as educators, we need to be able to guide them in the debrief in which they may learn the importance of making those connections. One of the other areas that was important at this conference was discussion concept-based curriculum and NCLEX success. Currently at SHSU SON we are in the process of changing the curriculum to concept-based to be able to improve our students to take the Next Gen NCLEX. The reason for changing to concept-based curriculum is to assist the students to develop a higher-order of thinking and clinical judgment to connect with nursing practice. I was able to learn so many new things and concepts at this conference as well as network with other nurse educators from around the country. It was good to know these new items getting ready for the roll-out of the new Next Gen NCLEX for May graduates and that we are somewhat ready for the new changes. It was also good to be able to work with some of our faculty off site and learn together!