Teaching Millennials

By Dawn Catlin, MSN, RN, Faculty Nurse Consultant, Kaplan Nursing

This millennial generation has brought several challenges to the higher education system.  Prensky (2001) states that “today’s students are no longer the people our education system was designed to teach” (pp. 1).  It is evident a paradigm shift in how students are educated is needed.  To answer this call, some schools are drastically changing their curriculum to follow a concept-based system while others are changing … view full post »

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The Perfect Storm in Nursing Schools

By Rebecca Oglesby, DNP, RN, Faculty Nurse Consultant, Kaplan Nursing

It appears the ”perfect storm” has occurred in nursing education: 1) the NCLEX® difficulty increased greatly in 2013; 2) more nursing students are in the millennial age bracket; 3) technology has increased abundantly.   For those of us who graduated from nursing school over 10 years ago, we remember a much different classroom – and student! Many of us learned from filmstrips, transparencies and lecture. Did … view full post »

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Active Learning Strategies in the Classroom

By Lisa M. Bennett, MSN, RN, Nurse Educator Consultant, Kaplan Nursing

The complex role of today’s nurses warrants higher levels of critical thinking and clinical judgment skills. Critical thinking is recognized as an essential component of nursing practice by the National League for Nursing (NLN). Critical thinking is crucial to providing safe, competent, and skillful nursing practice. Not only is it important what students learn, but equally important is how they learn. It is important … view full post »

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Educated To Teach?

By Lora Palmer, MSN, RN, Faculty Nurse Consultant, Kaplan Nursing

Did completing a Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) program prepare me, a Bachelor’s prepared expert (Benner, 1984) level practicing registered nurse, to be an effective educator in a school of nursing?

The organizing framework of the Master’s in Nursing Program I attended focused on 14 concepts. The 6 organizing framework concepts most influential in molding and shaping my future as a nurse educator were: research, … view full post »

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You are not alone.

By Rebecca L. Potter, MSN/ED, RN, Kaplan Nurse Consultant

Have you ever felt alone? As a nursing faculty member, I did at times.

It didn’t matter if it was a community college or a large university setting. I felt that the struggles I was having with student’s behaviors, engagement and learning was me or something I was doing. At first I thought it was my newness to academia, but I loved teaching and seemed to … view full post »

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The Power of a Cohort and of Collaborative Groups

By Audrey S. Schou MSN, RN, Kaplan Nursing School Consultant

Robert Kegan’s Theory of Adult Development (1982, 1994) considers a person as a maker of meaning throughout his or her lifespan. We employ this framework to suggest why and how the use of cohorts in adult basic education.

Growth processes, such as learning and teaching processes, depend on connections, and these processes, according to Kegan’s theory, invariably occur in some context (Kegan, 1982). Students with … view full post »

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Best Practice Strategies for NCLEX-RN® Success

By Dawn Catlin, MSN, RN, Faculty Nurse Consultant, Kaplan Nursing

In 2013 the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) raised the National Certification Licensure Examination- Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN®) passing standard.  The NCSBN has identified the need to raise the passing standard due to the level of ability the board deems necessary for safe practice upon successful completion of nursing school.  Because of this increased level of difficulty, the first time pass rate fell … view full post »

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Join Kaplan for free Online Events on the NCLEX® Passing Rate Changes and their Impact

A year and a half has passed since the changing of the NCLEX-RN® passing standard, and data still reveals interesting details. After seeing an upward trend for the first and second quarters of this year, the drop in the pass rate for the third quarter may not have been something you anticipated. The fact remains that since the passing standard increased in April 2013, a greater percentage of students are failing the NCLEX-RN.*

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New Survey by Kaplan: Bullying in the workplace

At Kaplan Nursing, we make it a point to keep you and your students up-to-date with current news and events as they relate to nursing and your practice as nurse educators.  One issue that has recently been at the forefront of discussions among both faculty and students is bullying in the workplace. That’s why in August 2014, we conducted a survey of over 2,000 NCLEX-RN-facing nursing school graduates to get their take on workplace bullying.… view full post »

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Q1 2014 NCLEX Pass Rates are Out: The Results Are…

It’s official! The NCSBN has released data on the national passing rates for a full year after the April 1, 2013, NCLEX-RN passing standard increase. NCLEX pass rate results are always widely anticipated by nurse educators across the country, but given the larger-than-expected drop immediately following the most recent passing standard increase, there’s a little more anticipation than normal. This is why I’m pleased to say that the January 1-March 31, 2014, national results improved … view full post »

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