Nursing Educators Blog

Articles published in 2021

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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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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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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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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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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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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Educators for Educators Series: Item Writing with Emphasis on Next Generation NCLEX (NGN)

by Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Kaplan Nursing | March 23, 2021

In this Educators for Educators video, I delve into what you will need to know to write test items specifically for NGN, with an emphasis on building and assessing clinical judgment in your students.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Jennifer Moreland, RN, MSN, Kaplan Nurse Consultant 

by Jen Moreland, RN MSN | March 9, 2021

Our future for Licensure testing looks bright! As we look forward to the Next Generation NCLEX, students will be asked to apply the information they learned in school in a way never seen before.

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Now Available - Kaplan’s Next Generation NCLEX: What You Need to Know, Spring 2021 Edition e-Book

by Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Kaplan Nursing | March 5, 2021

We’re excited to announce that the Kaplan Next Generation NCLEX: What You Need to Know, Spring 2021 Edition e-Book (ISBN: 9781506280486) has been updated to include the most current information that was ascertained from a meeting with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN.)

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Tips for Nursing Educators: Transforming Virtual Engagement Woes into Wins

by Kristin Murner, MBA, MSEd, Director, Learning Design | February 23, 2021

One of the unintended consequences of the transition to virtual classrooms  is the very real concern surrounding lack of engagement in virtual classrooms and the fallout it can produce.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Hallie Bensinger, DNP, APN, FNP-BC, Kaplan Nurse Consultant

by Hallie Bensinger, DNP, APN, FNP-BC | February 17, 2021

At Kaplan, I am able to work with many diverse groups of faculty and students, sharing these tools that will be used beyond taking a test—tools that will help them solve problems throughout their career.

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Nightingale Challenge Nurse Educator Feature: Devon Darby MSN, RNC-MNN

by Devon Darby MSN, RNC-MNN, Assistant Professor of Nursing Programs, Santa Fe College | February 10, 2021

There are so many rewarding aspects of this career! One of the most rewarding is watching students grow personally and professionally throughout the nursing program.

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