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

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

Research suggests that strengthening clinical judgment skills can remedy a majority of mistakes made by novice nurses. Therefore, it is our responsibility as nursing educators to provide our students with the comprehensive tools they will need to not only succeed on the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN,) but also to be able to provide safe, effective, and competent care when they enter the workforce.

In the new Kaplan Nursing white paper, “Building Student Clinical Judgment Skills for the Next Generation NCLEX,” Shannon Meijer DNP, RN, Kaplan Nurse Consultant, takes 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.

DOWNLOAD "Building Student Clinical Judgment Skills for the Next Generation NCLEX" to read the white paper.

The white paper offers detailed information and analysis about:

  • Defining the function and importance of critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment for success on the Next Generation NCLEX and beyond
  • Preparing students to confidently make higher cognitive-level decisions in advance of what they will be examined on for NGN
  • Exploring traditional as well as outside-of-the-box methods for providing students with opportunities to practice and build on these skills 
  • Examining the importance of evaluating students’ critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment skills
  • Enhancing student comprehension, retention, and ultimate ability to provide competent patient care through virtual simulations, such as i-Human Patients.

NCLEX®is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. Test names are the property of the respective trademark holders, none of whom endorse or are affiliated with Kaplan.

Shannon has over 28 years of nursing experience, with more than half of those years being specific to nursing education. She received her BSN from Nazareth College, MSN in Nursing Education from Walden University and her DNP in Academic Leadership from Jacksonville University. She has served in both faculty and director positions over the years and continues to teach online courses for a BSN program. She maintains active membership in the American Nurses Association, International Nurses Association, Phi Kappa PHi Graduate Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. Her special interests include nursing student success from program admission to NCLEX, reducing testing anxiety, and mentoring new nurse educators.

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