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What Do You Need to Know About the Next Generation NCLEX? [VIDEO]

Feb 12, 2019, 16:38 PM
<1.25-min. read> The National Council of the State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is taking an analytical look at the NCLEX. The goal? To determine what changes are needed to assess student nurses’ clinical judgment. The NCSBN is referring to this project as the Next Generation NCLEX.


The project is following 8 evidence-based steps.

1) DEVELOP A CLINICAL JUDGMENT MODEL

NCSBN developed a model consisting of five interacting layers. These layers illustrate the complex process of clinical judgment, including the context in which decisions are made.

2) CREATE ITEM PROTOTYPES

Measuring clinical judgment requires unique item types -- more than simply multiple-response questions. It's also going to require different scoring methodologies. The new test could penalize answers indicating a lack of clinical judgment.

3) TEST ITEM USABILITY

Students, nurses, and educators have reviewed item prototypes. they ensure the questions represent real-life clinical judgment scenarios. 

4) COLLECT ITEM DATA

NCSBN added a “Special Research Section” to the NCLEX with these new item types. Select students voluntarily answer the questions after completing the NCLEX. Students' responses don’t impact scores. But their answers provide valuable insight on question fidelity.

5) RESEARCH MEASUREMENT

Psychometricians are reviewing data from student responses. They're identifying the most accurate measures of clinical judgment and nursing competence.

6) BUILD TECHNOLOGY

In 2019, NCSBN will decide whether to continue moving forward and whether to begin building the necessary technology

7) PERFORM ALPHA/BETA TESTS

Multiple evaluations will assess test questions. NCSBN will scrutinize every item type for those providing the highest accuracy.

8) LAUNCH NEW NCLEX-RN

An operational phase of testing item types will take 3-4 years. The soonest you’ll likely see a new version of NCLEX? 2022-2023.



For more information on the Next Generation NCLEX, visit ATItesting.com/educator/blog.