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Onboarding Survey Results

By Ruth Eckenstein, RN, B.S., BSN, M.Ed, and MSN / January 5, 2024
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During a recent research project that centered in onboarding of new faculty, respondents of the open ended questions stated when asked how to improve the onboarding and orientation experience, the participants identified three major themes: providing a mentor, having a structured program, and having policies and procedures to follow. The…

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Planning for the NCLEX Next Generation Test Question Formats – Part 3

By Ruth Eckenstein, RN, B.S., BSN, M.Ed, and MSN / July 15, 2021
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Matrix Grid and Extended Multiple Response Questions Want to better prepare for Matrix Grid and Extended Multiple Response formats NGN questions? Continue reading Intellistem Writer’s 3-part blog series on Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) questions. As mentioned in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN)…

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Planning for the new NCLEX Next Generation Test Question Formats – Part 2

By Ruth Eckenstein, RN, B.S., BSN, M.Ed, and MSN / April 23, 2021
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Cloze and Enhanced Hot Spot Questions Review how to construct Cloze (Drop-Down) and Enhanced Hot Spot (Highlighting) NGN questions. As mentioned in Part 1 of this series the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) nursing exam questions use a variety of case studies and scenarios in non-multiple choice questioning to assess the…

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Planning for the new NCLEX Next Generation Test Question Formats – Part 1

By Ruth Eckenstein, RN, B.S., BSN, M.Ed, and MSN / March 26, 2021
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NCLEX Extended Drag and Drop Questions Intellistem Writer is here to guide you in writing stronger NCLEX Extended Drag and Drop questions on your next exam. The Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) questions use various case studies and scenarios in non-multiple choice questions to assess the nursing student’s ability to make…

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How to Help Nursing Students Score Well on NCLEX Next Generation Questions

By Ruth Eckenstein, RN, B.S., BSN, M.Ed, and MSN / March 17, 2021
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One of the first things we need to remember is that nursing students will not realize that the NCLEX Next Generation questions are any different than any other type of question. Especially, if students have not taken the NCLEX exam. Students should treat the questions as just as important as…

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Alignment of Next Generation NCLEX Questions

By Ruth Eckenstein, RN, B.S., BSN, M.Ed, and MSN / May 27, 2020
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With many questions already developed and validated, having a process to align next generation questions to nationally recognized standards would be helpful. You may be questioning, “How should I approach writing NCLEX questions in the next generation format?” In her recently published white paper called White Paper: Higher-Cognitive Level Test…

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