Nursing Educators Blog

Articles published in 2021

Educators for Educators Series: Bloom’s Taxonomy

by Jen Moreland, RN MSN | July 19, 2021

In this Educators for Educators video, nursing educators will learn more about the how to utilize Bloom’s Taxonomy to help students prepare for their board exams, and ultimate success as nurses.

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Preparing Students for Nursing Care in the Technological Healthcare Environment

by Christi Doherty, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, CNE, CHSE, CDP, Director, Nursing Research | July 13, 2021

As educators, we must teach nursing students about technology at the bedside and engage the students with technology in the classroom to prepare them for the responsibilities of the nursing workforce.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Audrey Schou, PHN, MSN, RN, Kaplan Nursing Faculty Consultant

by Audrey Schou, MSN, RN | June 22, 2021

As Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) approaches in 2023, again Kaplan will be in the forefront in preparing our nursing students in the rigors of this hurdle.

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5 Ways to Boost Clinical Judgment Skills in Nursing Education

by Shannon Meijer DNP, RN, Nurse Educator Consultant | June 18, 2021

Clinical judgment is the foundation of an effective career in nursing. Read on to learn more about how to improve clinical judgment skills in nursing education.

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Creating Inclusive Learning Experiences in Nursing Education

by Christi Doherty, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, CNE, CHSE, CDP, Director, Nursing Research | June 16, 2021

Nurse educators need to promote diversity, foster equity, and cultivate inclusive learning environments. Thoughtful and proactive preparation for inclusive learning environments can encourage collaboration and learning.

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Nightingale Challenge Nurse Educator Feature: Ekaterina Smith, MSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC, GERO-BC, CNE

by Ekaterina Smith, MSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC, GERO-BC, CNE, Nursing Instructor, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith | June 10, 2021

Nothing is more rewarding than seeing the effort, time, and hard work that you invested in helping a nursing student pay off in the student’s performance. Seeing a student get excited and motivated about learning is the icing on the cake.

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Educators for Educators Series: Supporting EAL Learners in the Classroom

by Dawn Marie Catlin, EdD (c), MSN, RN, Faculty Nurse Consultant | May 26, 2021

In this Educators for Educators video, nursing educators will learn more about the how to support EAL (English as an Additional Language) students in the classroom.

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Reflecting on Nurses Month: Self-Care, Recognition, Professional Development, & Advocacy

by Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Kaplan Nursing | May 25, 2021

While we know that nurses are multifaceted and multitalented when it comes to patient care, nurses unfortunately don't often prioritize taking the time to care and advocate for their own needs and well being―both personally and professionally.

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Webinar in Review - You’ve Got This: Prepping for NGN Doesn’t Mean Reinventing the Wheel

by Maria Flores-Harris, DNP, RN, CNE, Executive Director of Nursing | May 19, 2021

In our recent webinar titled "You’ve Got This: Prepping for NGN Doesn’t Mean Reinventing the Wheel," Kaplan Nursing experts discussed what you need to know―and what you already have in your teaching toolbox―to prepare your students for Next Generation NCLEX success.

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Nightingale Challenge Nurse Educator Feature: Jennifer Miller PhD, RN, CMSRN

by Jennifer Miller PhD, RN, CMSRN, Assistant Professor, Bellarmine University | May 19, 2021

I am so fortunate to have been a part of this challenge. The topics covered issues that were coming up in my daily work and I was able to change aspects immediately after the meetings I had with my mentor or as a large group. I feel like this helped me grow tremendously.

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Virtual Patient Simulation Is The Future of Grad Nursing Education

by Elaine Kauschinger, Ph.D., MSN, APRN, FNP-BC | May 14, 2021

VPS aids the students in transitioning into the role of a Nurse Practitioner. Using this virtual world experience, students can appreciate and work towards the advanced nursing competencies that they will be using in their professional careers. They do this within a safe learning environment.

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Meaningful Recognition for Nurses: A Crucial Key For Retention

by Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Kaplan Nursing | May 10, 2021

Nurses have consistently been recognized as trusted professionals, yet we have struggled to retain nurses in the profession. Research shows that a healthy work environment decreases nurse turnover rates and quality of patient care.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Christi Doherty, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, CNE, CHSE, CDP, Director, Nursing Research

by Christi Doherty, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, CNE, CHSE, CDP, Director, Nursing Research | May 3, 2021

I see the future of education as primarily online and filled with technology. Nursing, in particular, will grow in the use of simulation (high fidelity and virtual experiences), thus expanding patient encounters for nursing students.

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Educators for Educators Series: The Benefits of Collaboration with an Instructional Designer

by Rebecca L. Potter PhD(c), MSIDT, MSN/ED, RN, Director of Nursing Product Content | April 28, 2021

In this Educators for Educators video, nursing educators will learn more about the benefits of collaborating with an instructional designer when developing their curricula.

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White Paper: Building Student Clinical Judgment Skills for the Next Generation NCLEX

by Shannon Meijer DNP, RN, Nurse Educator Consultant | April 22, 2021

Take a deep dive into the ways in which educators can and must help their students build strong critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment skills so they can succeed on NGN and beyond.

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The Game Changing Potential of Virtual Patient Simulation for Grad Nursing Educators

by Elaine Kauschinger, Ph.D., MSN, APRN, FNP-BC | April 14, 2021

Unlike reading assignments or listening to narrated lectures, virtual patient simulation provides for students to actively participate in the NP role. Cases are developed from real patients by expert clinicians. The evolving case compels students into the decision-making process of a clinician.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Dawn Oakley Whitfield, MSN, RN

by Dawn Oakley Whitfield, MSN, RN | April 6, 2021

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a nurse or a teacher. But in addition to a desire to teach, I have always felt a profound yearning of care and compassion when I knew someone was sick, suffering or in need of assistance.

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Nightingale Challenge Nurse Educator Feature: Ashley Scism, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

by Ashley Scism, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC | April 1, 2021

The most rewarding aspect of working in nursing education is creating opportunities for student success. I enjoy working with students to develop the knowledge, skill, and attitude required to provide compassionate, safe, and evidence-based care towards patients.

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Technological Advances Change the Way We Learn, Master, and Retain Information

by Dr. Judy Kalinyak, VP and Director of Clinical Simulation | March 24, 2021

One important aspect of embracing technology as clinical educators is that the immediate grading/presentation of each decision the student makes gives us a window into their thought process, thereby allowing us to better understand where we can provide guidance.

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