Resources for Educators

Kaplan Nursing, a leading provider of NCLEX® prep, provides nursing schools a truly unique experience. Kaplan's team of nurse educators offers you and your faculty a full suite of learning tools to ensure the success of your students from admissions testing through NCLEX exam preparation.

Free Events for Nursing Faculty

As nurse educators, we realize how important continual education is for your nursing practice. That's why we are proud to offer you and your faculty recurring live and online Continuing Education events as well as topical and timely non-CE events – for FREE.

Taught by our expert faculty and staff, our events provide you with relevant information crucial to your nursing practice.

Our events are held in our live, online Classroom Anywhere™ virtual classroom environment, where faculty attendees are able to interact remotely by asking questions to other attendees as well as the seminar speaker.

Our CE events provide you with varying amounts of contact hours per event. Check out some of our most recent CE events below:

How Nursing Students Study
Conducted by Dr. Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, this workshop covers conclusions found during an observed Kaplan study of nursing students and provides a list of implications for nursing faculty as a result of this study.
This workshop awarded attending faculty 1 contact hour in February 2013. Click here to sneak a peek of this exclusive event!

Inside the NCLEX®
Conducted by Barbara Irwin, MSN, RN, this workshop covers the test plan for the NCLEX examination, the methods of setting standards for the NCLEX, and a thorough explanation of computer adaptive testing (CAT).
This workshop awarded attending faculty 1 contact hour in November 2012. Click here to sneak a peek of this exclusive event!

Item Writing Workshop
Conducted by Audrey Schou, MSN, RN, this workshop describes best practices for writing multiple choice questions, compares lower and higher level questions, and analyzes test questions to create higher level questions.
This workshop awarded attending faculty 1.25 contact hours in September 2012. Click here to sneak a peek of this exclusive event!

Our additional free, informative online events discuss timely, important educational topics relevant to your practice as nurse educators today. Check out our most recent events below:

Inside the NCLEX-RN 2013 Passing Rate Decline
Conducted by Barbara Irwin, MSN, RN, this workshop discusses the 2013 passing rate decline for first-time, US- educated RN test takers, including what the decline means for your students and how to help them better prepare for the exam.

Inside the new NCLEX-PN Test Plan
This event by Pam Gardner, MSN, RN takes an in-depth look at the new test plan and passing standard for the NCLEX-PN that goes into effect on April 1, 2014.

These activities have been approved by the Tennessee Nurses Association to award contact hours. The Tennessee Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

How Nursing Students Study

From March 2010 to May 2010, Kaplan Nursing conducted a research project to determine how nursing students study and better understand best study practices to help them be more successful in nursing school. The purpose of this whitepaper, written by Dr. Susan Sanders, Vice-President of Kaplan Nursing, is to discuss the various study methods of nursing students and the implications for faculty to help students improve their study habits.

How Nursing Students Study
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The Results Are In — 2013 NCLEX-RN® Passing Rates

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) implemented a test plan and passing standard change to the NCLEX-RN® in April, 2013*. As a result, the passing standard increased from -0.16 to 0.00 logits. With this change, the NCSBN noted that they expected the passing rate for first time U.S.- educated nurses to decrease by 3-5%.

The passing rates of first time U.S.-educated nurses that took the NCLEX-RN® in 2013 have been announced by the NCSBN. Nationally, 155,098 applicants took the test in 2013 (versus 150,226 in 2012), and 83.04% passed on their first attempt. In 2012, the passing rate was 90.34%. This means that from 2012 to 2013, the passing rate decreased by 7.3%**.

What does this mean for you, your school and your students?

Kaplan Nursing is committed to providing assistance to students, faculties and schools of nursing to maintain and/or improve nursing student NCLEX® results. Watch a webinar by Barbara Irwin, MSN, RN and Executive Director of Kaplan Nursing, who discusses the factors associated with these failures as well as recommended strategies for successful NCLEX® preparation by you and your schools. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to discuss how Kaplan can help you prepare your students for this more difficult version of the NCLEX-RN®.

*National Council of State Boards of Nursing, NCSBN Board of Directors (BOD) Voted to Raise the Passing Standard for the NCLEX-RN Examination at its Meeting on Dec. 17, 2012,

**Data from the NCSBN illustrates a drop in the NCLEX passing rates of first-time, US educated test takers, and the April 1, 2013 passing standard increase may have played a significant factor in this trend. In fact, the NCSBN had anticipated the passing rate to drop following the increase.

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