Nursing Educators Blog

Using Psychometrics and Learning Science Analysis to Enhance Nursing Education

by John V. Harnisher  Ph.D., Vice President, Psychometrics and Learning Analytics | October 27, 2020

The most basic requirement of an assessment is that it be reliable and valid, and we rely upon our Kaplan team of psychometric experts to ensure this is the case.

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Beyond COVID-19: Virtual Simulation for Building Student Confidence and Increasing Cohort Success

by Hallie Bensinger, DNP, APN, FNP-BC | October 15, 2020

A lot has been learned about virtual simulation, and there are advantages that may not have been realized prior to the pandemic.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Shannon Meijer DNP, RN, Kaplan Nurse Educator Consultant

by Shannon Meijer DNP, RN, Nurse Educator Consultant | October 12, 2020

It had always been a goal of mine to give the gift of nursing to others as a way to “pay it forward” for receiving such an amazing education experience in my BSN program which opened the door of endless opportunity.

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Webinar in Review: Virtual Simulation: Planning for the Future of Nursing Education

by Karen Lilyquist, PhD, APRN, CNP, PMHNP-BC, NCLEX Instructor, Case Writer for i-Human Patients by Kaplan | September 29, 2020

In our recent webinar titled "Virtual Simulation & Planning for the Future of Nursing" our panel of experts discussed virtual simulation and the “new normal” of nursing education.

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Nightingale Challenge Meeting: Exploring Learning Science and Gen Z Nursing Students

by Audrey S. Schou, MSN, RN, Kaplan Nursing School Consultant & Electra Allen, MSN, RN, CPN  | September 28, 2020

The goals of this Nightingale Challenge presentation were to understand the the different types of learning, memory, and retention, to explore techniques to help students learn more effectively, and to gain more understanding more about Gen Z students and how they learn.

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2020 NCLEX Conference Summary

by Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Kaplan Nursing | September 23, 2020

NCSBN held the virtual 2020 NCLEX Conference on September 14th & 15th, during which important updates regarding the current NCLEX as well as Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) were discussed.

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Learning as a Scientific Pursuit: Innovation in Nursing Education

by Kristin Murner, MBA, MSEd, Director, Instructional Design | September 22, 2020

As the field of learning science has continued to deepen, the findings have driven real innovation in education.

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Beyond COVID-19: Virtual Simulation for Clinical Makeup and Remediation

by Hallie Bensinger, DNP, APN, FNP-BC | September 1, 2020

Faculty have always been daunted by how to handle clinical make-up and remediation for missed clinical experiences and/or poor clinical performance. With the onset of COVID-19 and the limited time allowed in the hospital makes this dilemma even more challenging.

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Nightingale Challenge Meeting: Test Blueprinting

by Dawn Oakley, MSN, RN & Shannon Meijer DNP, RN | August 28, 2020

The goals of this Nightingale Challenge presentation were to define test blueprinting, to understand how course content/learning objectives guide blueprint development, and to examine test blueprint construction as a guide/map to develop your assessments.

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Fall 2020 Updates: How Kaplan Nursing Prepared for a Digital School Year

by Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Kaplan Nursing | August 20, 2020

This back to school season is a little different than others. At Kaplan, we’re reimagining how we can best support students and institutions this school year. Together, we have the opportunity to shape the future of nursing education, and to move from a time of change and transition to a time of new stability―from the old ways of doing things to the new, digital normal. Read on for some exciting updates from Kaplan for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Meredith MacKenzie Greenle, PhD, RN, CRNP, CNE, NCLEX Instructor

by Meredith MacKenzie Greenle | August 13, 2020

When I first dreamed of being a nurse as a small child, I had no idea of the places nursing would take me! It’s been an amazing journey so far and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

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Preparing for a Digital School Year: Updates to Undergraduate Nursing Virtual Client Encounters

by David E. Schultze, EdD, MSN, RN, CNRN, Executive Director of Nursing Simulation | August 11, 2020

Nursing school looks very different now than it did this time last year. Many of the nursing programs I have been talking with are adapting and replacing the “old ways” of doing things with newer, more dynamic practices, especially when it comes to clinical placement. At i-Human Patients by Kaplan, we’re thinking through the same challenges and reimagining how we can best support students and institutions this school year. Together, we can shape the future of nursing education and move from a time of change and transition to a time of new stability, from the old ways of doing things to the new, digital normal.

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Nightingale Challenge Meeting: Incorporating Bloom's Taxonomy in Nursing Curricula

by Jen Moreland, RN MSN | July 30, 2020

The goals of this Nightingale Challenge presentation were to learn how to help students to move beyond memorization by making learning actionable, how to apply Bloom’s Taxonomy through testing specifically around the NCLEX®, and how to communicate objectives to students to help them make higher-level thinking connections.

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User Experience (UX) Research as the Foundation for Delightful Product Design: An Interview with Kriztille Junio, UX Designer

by Kriztille Junio, UX Designer | July 29, 2020

At Kaplan, there’s an expert at the heart of everything we do, whether it’s leading a class or developing innovative tools to help you and your students achieve your goals. Our teams bring their unique skill sets, backgrounds, and interests to their work―and their passion for creating excellent user experiences is evident in the results. This week, we're pleased to introduce you to Kriztille Junio, our UX Designer.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Tonya Taylor, MSN, RN, MBA, Nurse Consultant

by Tonya Taylor, MSN, RN, MBA, Nurse Consultant | July 21, 2020

My passion is helping others achieve their best success.  I am an expert on NCLEX prep and helping students achieve their best success on NCLEX is what truly motivates me.

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 Beyond COVID-19: Virtual Simulation for Flipped Classrooms and Clinical Experiences

by Audrey Schou, MSN, RN | July 15, 2020

Virtual simulation tools have been finding their way out of the lab and into the classroom for many years, but especially recently as the characteristics of classrooms have changed so dramatically.

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Nightingale Challenge Meeting: Supporting EAL Learners in the Classroom

by Dawn Marie Catlin, EdD (c), MSN, RN, Faculty Nurse Consultant | June 29, 2020

The goal of this Nightingale Challenge presentation was to identify challenges English as an additional language (EAL) learners face in the classroom, describe evidenced based strategies to support the EAL learner in the classroom, and develop an action plan for EAL learner success in the classroom.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Karen Lilyquist, PhD, APRN, CNP, PMHNP-BC, NCLEX Instructor and Case Writer for i-Human Patients by Kaplan

by Karen Lilyquist, PhD, APRN, CNP, PMHNP-BC, NCLEX Instructor, Case Writer for i-Human Patients by Kaplan | June 25, 2020

I wear multiple hats: besides working for Kaplan, I work as a FNP at a dual diagnosis (CD-MI) treatment center, a prescriber of psychiatric medications, and teach nursing at a community college. There is a method to my madness: all my roles involve teaching, science, and caring for others. My career choices allow me to help others, in that moment, be the best that they can be.

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Educating the Next Generation of Essential Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Kaplan Nursing | June 23, 2020

In a time when healthcare education has been forced from a hands-on, on-campus model to a 100% virtual environment, we have activated online learning tools across our organization to ensure continuity of education for future doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners.

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