What You Need to Know About the Next Generation NCLEX
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO PREPARE?Worried about this potential change? Don’t be. In an interview with ATI, Philip Dickison, PhD, RN, NCSBN Chief Officer of Examinations of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), said he's heard lots of stories about the Next Generation NCLEX that are incorrect. What is true? The test will launch in 2023. What else is true? We’ve got details from Dr. Dickison and NCSBN.
Specifically, NCSBN’s expert team of psychometricians and researchers are following 8 evidence-based steps:
Clinical Judgment Measurement Model (see at right) consisting of 5 interacting layers that illustrate the complex process of clinical judgment, including the context in which decisions are made.
2) CREATE ITEM PROTOTYPESMeasuring clinical judgment requires more unique item types than simple multiple-response questions with different scoring methodologies, including penalties for answers indicating a lack of clinical judgment.
3) TEST ITEM USABILITYStudents, nurses, and educators have been reviewing item prototypes to ensure they represent real-life clinical judgment scenarios.
4) COLLECT ITEM DATANCSBN added a “Special Research Section” with new item types for select students to voluntarily answer after completion of the current NCLEX (both RN and PN versions). Their responses don’t impact their scores but do provide valuable insight on question fidelity.
5) RESEARCH MEASUREMENTPsychometricians have received thousands of results from the NCLEX “Special Research Section.” Ongoing analysis is helping to determine which item types accurately measure clinical judgment and nursing competence.
6) BUILD TECHNOLOGYThe new version of the exam will launch in 2023. Until then, the NCSBN building
the complex technology needed to support the new item types.
7) PERFORM ALPHA/BETA TESTSMultiple evaluations are necessary to compare test questions. NCSBN is scrutinizing every item type for those providing the highest accuracy.
8) LAUNCH NEW NCLEX-RNAn operational phase of testing and building item types will likely take 3-4 years. The new version will launch in 2023.
So, what can you do today to prepare for this potential new future? Look for products that help students sharpen clinical judgment and develop this critical skill. ATI offers a variety of tools to support these crucial objectives:
The NCLEX Experience comprises an engaging tutorial and mini quiz to provide familiarity and build confidence in successfully answering the new item types on the actual NCLEX.
ATI’s Nurse's Touch, The Communicator 2.0, uses simulation to help students develop these essential skills. Students interact with virtual humans in repeated engagements, so they can learn and practice communication techniques for those key conversations they will experience as nurses.
ATI’s Real Life Clinical Reasoning Scenarios is specifically aimed at addressing these vital issues.
The product’s computer-based simulations are designed to develop clinical reasoning, while its live-action videos create “emotional fidelity,” engaging students’ mental and emotional abilities. Its “Rational Mode” option provides immediate feedback to students after they make a decision. Students gain exposure to key clinical situations; learn from their errors and the consequences to improve future interactions; and advance their knowledge. Students are able to repeat scenarios until they achieve mastery.
To learn more about these new products, contact your account representative or a member of the ATI team.
The Next Generation NCLEX test will use a complex mix of item types that require nursing students to demonstrate their clinical judgment skills.
Item types being tested include:
- Extended drag-and-drop
- Enhanced hot spot
- Extended multiple response
1 Anna C. van Graan, Martha J.S. Williams, Magdalena P. Koen Professional Nurses’ Understanding of Clinical Judgment: A Contextual Inquiry Health SA Gesondheid, Volume 21, December 2016, PP. 280-293
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