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Using the NCLEX RN Blueprint as a Guide for Testing in a Nursing Baccalaureate Program

May 23, 2018

Using the NCLEX RN Blueprint as a Guide for Testing in a Nursing Baccalaureate Program

Recently, Sherri Ward, Clinical Instructor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing Baccalaureate Program, discusses utilizing the NCLEX-RN exam blueprint build better exams and prepare students for their licensure exam.

The key takeaways from the presentation include:

  1. ExamSoft offers live blueprinting when creating exams to ensure your exams include the content you intend.

  2. Mimicking course exam blueprints to board exam blueprints is beneficial to both students and faculty.

  3. Strengths and Opportunities reports provide students valuable feedback as they prepare to take their boards.

Using the NCLEX-RN exam blueprint as a guide for building tests throughout the curriculum allows students to be best prepared for this licensure exam. In order for the NCLEX-RN exam blueprint to be mimicked, assigning Client Needs and Bloom's categories is necessary. Longitudinal reports across curriculum that identifies a student's strengths and weaknesses in regards to the NCLEX-RN blueprint guide the student in their studies for the licensure exam and hopefully lead them to a passing score at first attempt.

“Every time you add or remove questions from an exam, the blueprint updates automatically. This makes it easy for faculty to hit their goals for content on exams because the numbers are right in front of you."
-Dr. Sherri Ward

To view a PDF copy of the presentation, please click here

 

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