Nursing Education

Preparing Students for the New NCLEX

Get tips on how to adapt to the new NCLEX requirements and prepare your students for success

Only 20% of new nurses report feeling strong in their general nursing knowledge, according to a recent survey. This alarming statistic has revealed the urgent need for improving competencies in lifelike nursing scenarios—and the new Next Generation NCLEX, launching this April, will put these new competencies to the test. With only a few months to go, nursing student anxieties are rising and instructors are scrambling to ensure they’re prepared.

The next generation NCLEX represents a shift away from traditional knowledge-based testing and towards the competency-based testing that hospitals and medical establishments have been clamoring for. Rather than simply bubbling in multiple choice questions, students will be asked to think outside the box with lifelike situational questions that test their deeper understanding. Many students that excelled with the old testing will struggle with this new approach. With such a dramatic shift in the required testing mindset, how can instructors prepare their students in just a few months?

Watch this recorded webinar featuring Patrick Luna, Senior Instructor of Clinical Teaching at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, to learn the most effective things you can do to prepare students for the Next Generation NCLEX within a short time.

In this free webinar, you’ll learn:

  • New ideas and strategies to teach and grade beyond multiple choice questions
  • Innovative ways nursing programs are preparing more confident test-takers and practice-ready nurses
  • Using the clinical judgment model to help your students think like safe, skilled nurses

Patrick Luna, MSN, RN, CEN

Patrick Luna instructs undergraduate nursing students as a Senior Instructor of Clinical Teaching at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. He believes that preparing students for the realities of clinical practice begins with instilling awareness of the client experience, and encouraging self-reflection in how they can help achieve patient-centered care outcomes. Patrick is a registered nurse, certified in emergency nursing, with a background as a firefighter/paramedic. He currently has a bedside practice at University of Colorado Hospital, assigned to the surgical/trauma ICU. He holds a master’s degree in nursing education from the University of Texas and is applying to a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado.