Nursing Educators Blog

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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Utilizing Virtual Simulation in Undergraduate Nursing Programs

by Karen Haidemenos, MSN, RN | June 22, 2020

Clinical simulation used to be solely known as practicing on a mannequin in a simulation lab. In recent years, clinical simulation has evolved to encompass so much more and has become a vital and innovative addition to undergraduate nursing curricula.

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Nightingale Challenge Meeting: The Benefits of Collaboration with an Instructional Designer

by Rebecca Potter, MSIDT, MSN/ED, RN Curriculum Specialist, Content Manager | May 28, 2020

The goal of this Nightingale Challenge presentation was to show that Nursing faculty must continue to evolve their teaching by increasing their comfort level around collaborating with an instructional designer (ID) or learning design teams. 

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Bridging the Gap: How to Keep Your Students on Track Until Test Day

by Maria Flores-Harris, DNP, RN, CNE, Executive Director of Nursing | May 26, 2020

As nurse educators, we are continuing with the preparation of our nursing students for graduation, NCLEX, and practice. Learn  what you can do for our students who may not have the choice to test quickly.

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Six Steps to Effective Next Generation NCLEX® Item Writing

by Ryan Goble, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, Curriculum Specialist | May 20, 2020

Writing effective NGN items can help test essential higher-level cognitive skills, which are required for effective nursing clinical judgments.  In this way, NGN items can help identify nursing students who understand the nursing curriculum and have developed the proper analytical skills through their training.

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i-Human Patients by Kaplan Virtual Simulation for Undergraduate Nursing

May 13, 2020

i-Human Patients by Kaplan is a cloud-based program that simulates a complete client encounter— from taking a history and performing a physical exam, to documenting findings and prioritizing actions.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Rebecca Potter, MSIDT, MSN/ED, RN Kaplan Nursing Curriculum Specialist

by Rebecca Potter, MSIDT, MSN/ED, RN Curriculum Specialist, Content Manager | May 12, 2020

My passion is to create a curriculum that will help ease a nursing student's anxiety and allow them to learn the content in a safe environment.

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Nightingale Challenge Meeting: Interactive Methods for Teaching Online or in the Classroom

by Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Kaplan Nursing | April 30, 2020

The goal of our first Nightingale Challenge presentation was to provide tools and methodologies to use in teaching future nurses, whether in-person or online. 

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White Paper: Creating Next Generation NCLEX® Test Items to Ensure the Success of the Nursing Workforce

by Ryan Goble, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, Curriculum Specialist | April 29, 2020

Take a deep dive into the theory and practice of creating test items that not only prepare students for the Next Generation NCLEX®, but also hone their overall nursing clinical judgment skills. 

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Next Generation NCLEX® Series: Advanced Copy of Our New eBook

by Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Kaplan Nursing | April 16, 2020

In addition to the many other free digital resources we are offering nurse educators during this challenging time, we have also decided to release an advanced copy of our newest eBook, ”Next Generation NCLEX® (NGN): What You Need to Know.”

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Maria Flores-Harris, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, CNE, Executive Director, Nursing Consulting

by Maria Flores-Harris, DNP, RN, CNE, Executive Director of Nursing | April 14, 2020

I’ve always had a need to help the sick, infirm, or anyone I perceived as needing nurturing. I can’t think of a better reason to be a nurse than that!

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Tips for Nurse Educators on Staying Connected, Sane, and Inspired

by Maria Flores-Harris, DNP, RN, CNE, Executive Director of Nursing | March 27, 2020

In light of the current health crisis and so many―if not all―healthcare educators making the lightning fast transition to digital classes, I wanted to take this opportunity to offer support, assistance, and even a few laughs, particularly to nurse educators to move to online teaching.

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