New Tool for Writing Questions

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May 14  |  Instructional Strategies, News, Nursing Education  |   Ruth

IntelliStem Writer

Use of innovative tools can help the instructor to ensure test security, meet testing standards, and cut development time. Creating sound multiple choice and multiple select test questions can take up to an hour for each question if creating them without the use of a test bank, which often can be found online, or publisher resources. Intellistem Writer Box Edition is an innovative method of developing test items using a standardized set of stems.

  • Each stem is associated with testing and curriculum standards such as the AACN Essentials, NLN End of Program standards, NCLEX-Client Needs, QSEN Competencies, and the nursing process.
  • Each stem also has a predetermined level of Blooms to aid in meeting the course’s test blueprints and objectives.
  • Since each stem is unique and easily revised it allows many versions of multiple questions and multiple select questions to be developed.

After each test is developed, the exam can shows exactly which levels of testing and curriculum standards have been met to add in quick revision of the exam to meet the course’s and program’s requirement. Test versions can be adjusted rapidly resulting in reduce need to use exams repeatedly thus ensuring students are assessed at the level needed to pass the licensure exam.

 Question Development Process:

  1. Select a topic from your test blueprint.
  2. Determine the key point to be tested.
  3. Keeping in mind the nursing process being tested and select a stem from the set of cards under that nursing process.
  4. Add a client situation or description to the stem by changing the colored text.
  5. Decide on the answer(s) and write the rationale.
  6. Write the distractors and rationales for each.

Since each stem is already aligned with established standards, each final question will have a stem that is aligned to established standards, the correct answer(s) and believable distractors.

Facts on the Nursing Shortage in North America

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April 15  |  Uncategorized  |   Ruth

Facts on the Nursing Shortage in North America

This is a great article that explains the facts on the nursing shortage. We continue to talk about the shortage, but seem to get must speed on the resolution of the problem. This article has recommendations from the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Onboarding and Orientation of New Faculty / A Research Study and Results

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April 5  |  Uncategorized  |   Ruth

Attached are the results of my recent research study regardomg onboarding and orientation of new faculty. As we know, new nurse educators are often not familiar with what is expected when starting to teach nor what professional development goals are needed.  They often struggle with execution of important competencies  and need directions and support during the transition. Onboarding and orientation programs are not providing structure  or support to new nurse educators to ease transition to teaching.

The research results are posted in the form of a presentation. Onboarding and Orientation of New Faculty – Research Study

Working with Difficulty Students Begins with You

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October 31  |  News  |   Ruth

Keeping a positive mental attitude in the face of difficulty isn’t easy. In fact, according to psychologists, our brains seem to be hardwired to focus on the negative, as studies have shown. However, there is some positivity to focus on: many studies have also demonstrated that positivity an “attitude of gratitude” and engaging in regular exercise and meditation have dramatic effects on our sense of well being.

Identify negative and automatic thoughts and counter them with alternatives. Typically, these thoughts frame situations in terms of black and white and either/or terms. They also tend to make logical leaps. For example, your boss may have a look of disapproval. An automatic thought might be to assume she is angry because you were late to work. But you were only late to work by a couple of minutes, and you’re always on time if not early, so it’s ridiculous that your boss should be so angry. And the train of assumptions can go on indefinitely. When you encounter such thoughts when working with students, reframe your assessment from terms that this is the case to this may be the case along with other possibilities. Consider other possibilities, including those that have nothing to do with you. Practice reality testing by asking yourself is your first assumption the only possibility.

Keep an open mind when students are discussing problems and situations. There may be underlying circumstances that you are not aware of. Allow the student to voice concerns and problems before jumping to conclusions.

Education of nursing students about Ebola

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October 17  |  Uncategorized  |   Ruth

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) had just provided information that will be useful to nurse educators as they help nursing students to understand the Ebola crisis.

AACN has created a new Ebola Resource Section on their website:  They also want ideas for possible webinar topics and other educational programming that AACN can consider as they plan efforts to educate faculty and students about Ebola. Please send your ideas to [email protected]

Virtual cadavers may help surgeons save limbs and lives

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August 15  |  News  |   Ruth

Use of new techniques can aid in repair of  soldiers’ injuries. Read the article by clicking the link below.

CDC Issues New Ebola Guidelines

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October 21  |  Uncategorized  |   Ruth

CDC has changed the guidelines for health care workers treating patients with Ebola. 

Curriculum Support

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September 25  |  Uncategorized  |   Ruth

I have added a new section under services where I discuss curriculum support. I highlight how standardization of curriculum and use of publisher’s products and resources and help new faculty and assist experience faculty to find new instructional strategies. We have a team of subject matter experts who can help with curriculum support and/or development.