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NCLEX Across the Curriculum

NCLEX® Across the Curriculum

Creating a Culture of Success

Nov. 3-5, 2017  •   Orlando, Florida


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This event is a hands-on exploration of the NCLEX® Test Plan from the aspects of teaching, learning, assessment, and evaluation. The key to developing higher-order thinking skills, especially cognitive functioning at the application and analysis levels, is bringing reality into the learning and assessment processes. Using the NCLEX® Test Plans as that vehicle to reality benefits all levels of the nursing curriculum. Not only are outcomes better, but civility and collaboration can become the norm. Using active-learning strategies, evidence-based assessment principles, and a sanity-saving approach, each participant will experience first-hand these curricular threads that are essential to developing the next generation of nurses. This event emphasizes constructivist learning theory and measures to prevent incivility, combined with situated learning and instructional design principles.

 

Just thought I’d share another year of fantastic news. Our traditional students who graduated in May ALL passed NCLEX®! That’s two years in a row for our traditional students passing at the 100% marker! Thanks once again for all the tips you provided in your two day workshop that got us turned around!

Glenda R.
2015 participant

 

Target Audience

This conference is designed for clinical instructors, faculty, preceptors, graduate students, and administrators in PN/VN, ADN, diploma, and pre-licensure programs. Because of the active-learning focus, all healthcare educators can benefit from this conference. Due to the hands-on nature of this conference, participants should come ready to be engaged.

Overall Conference Objectives

Participants will:

  • Analyze the different components of the NCLEX® Test Plans.
  • Create effective learning experiences that promote civility and communicate high expectations.
  • Develop multiple-choice and alternate-format test items that assess for application- and analysis-level cognitive processing.
  • Analyze an assessment for potential improvements based on current nursing practice.
  • Develop a learning activity that promotes higher-order thinking in classroom, laboratory, and clinical learning environments.
  • Create a plan to integrate NCLEX® throughout the nursing curriculum.

 

Overall, the NurseTim conference provides nurse educators with tools and strategies to incorporate the 8 NCLEX® content areas into every facet of pre-licensure nursing education. Thank you, Tim Bristol & colleagues!

Marie G.
2016 participant

Nursing Contact Hours

Up to 15 hours of nursing continuing education will be awarded upon completion of CE criteria (6 hours for one day only).

3.0 Pre-Conference—Test-Item Writing Intensive: NCLEX® on Your Exams (Hands-On)
12.0 Main Conference—NCLEX® Across the Curriculum (2 days)

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NurseTim, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

CE completion criteria includes: payment of conference fee, attendance of the entire session, and submission of a completed evaluation tool.

All faculty and planners at nursing continuing education activities are required to disclose to the audience (1) any significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial products, goods, or services and (2) any unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations. Such disclosures will be made in writing in the course presentation materials.

 

There was so much information that will help me grow as a nursing educator. I made many notes that I will take back to my faculty to begin implementing this semester. What great ideas and energy today.

Cathy G.
2016 participant

 

Venue Information

This conference is located at Embassy Suites Hotel, Orlando Airport. All conference activities will be located at the hotel. For more information go to www.embassysuitesorlandoairport.com.

Registration Deadline

Register early!
October 4, 2017 is the registration deadline. You will want to register early, since this conference tends to sell out! Register by September 4, 2017 to receive a discount.

Discounts Available

Group Discount
Three or more faculty registrations will qualify your group for a discount. Registrations must be mailed or completed online together with fees paid prior to the conference registration deadline (October 4, 2017). Group discounts will be applied automatically.

Subscriber Discount
NurseTim webinar subscribers receive a special discount on their conference registration! Email or call for more information: workshops@nursetim.com or 866.861.2896 opt. 2.

Early-Bird Discount
Register before September 4, 2017 to receive your automatic discount.

Cancellation Policy

An administrative fee of $100 will be charged for registration changes (cancellations/refunds) prior to October 4, 2017. No refunds will be issued after October 4, 2017.

Featured Speakers
 

Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Tim is an internationally known student success specialist, nurse educator, and educational consultant. Through a careful process of focusing on retention at all levels, he has helped programs around the country experience exceptional outcomes. Teaching at all levels of nursing in both public and private institutions, his ability to speak to curricular challenges has helped thousands of educators and students. He has also consulted with the healthcare industry through public health, global health, acute care, long-term care, and professional trade organizations. Sharing his expertise through a number of written works on NCLEX® success, adult learning, instructional design, curricular innovation, and faculty development, he is known for a practical, straightforward approach to academic success. Dr. Bristol is the owner of NurseTim, Inc., a faculty member at Walden University, and serves on the board of directors for Health eVillages and the FSIL Nursing School in Léogâne, Haiti. His motto, "Today we will learn how to learn," serves as a focus for everything he does.


Judith W. Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF

Judith W. Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF

Judy is a nurse educator with a passion for adolescents, nursing education, and creative teaching strategies. Experiences in pediatric staff nursing, nursing management, and nursing education provide contexts for current practice as a nurse educator, nurse researcher, and national speaker. Judy is actively involved in research related to adolescent decision-making and sexuality, interpersonal violence prevention, and teaching strategies focusing on age-related learning. Her publications in numerous and diverse journals provide valuable data and results to varied audiences. Judy is currently involved in several youth advocacy initiatives and is on the board of the Healthy Teen Network. Authoring the books Creative Teaching Strategies for the Nurse Educator and Fast Facts on Adolescent Health for Nursing and Healthcare Providers has provided Judy with the opportunity to share strategies and information around the nation.


Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF

Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF

Karin is a nurse educator with a passion for faculty development, active teaching strategies, simulation learning, and test-item writing. She has taught at Maricopa Community Colleges and Upper Iowa University, specializing in the integration of the flipped classroom. Karin has been involved with many projects including the first online associate degree registered nurse program, the National League for Nursing’s HITS program, and the National Council State Board of Nursing’s Transition to Practice study. Additionally, Karin works with the National League for Nursing’s testing services and has consulted with Elsevier, Skyscape, and NurseTim, Inc. She is the founding president of the Arizona Simulation Network and current president of the Arizona League for Nursing. Karin is active in several national and international nursing education and simulation organizations. In 2011, she was inducted into the NLN Academy for Nurse Educators.

Karin was an excellent speaker—engaged faculty and gave ample opportunities for participation.  Her active learning strategies discussion was very helpful for the faculty and contained several “take‐home” ideas that faculty continue to use in the classroom.

Beverly R.
Cambellsville University

Agenda

The complete agenda can be downloaded and printed out from the brochure. For descriptions of each session, please click on the Sessions button on the right.

PRE-CONFERENCE:

  • 1:30–4:45
  • Test-Item Writing Intensive: NCLEX® on Your Exams (Hands-On)
 

DAY 1: November 4, 2017

  • 7:30–8:15
  • Registration/Breakfast
  • 8:15–8:30
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:30–9:45
  • NCLEX® as the Evidence Base of Your Students’ Future
  • 9:45–10:15
  • Break––Poster Presentations/Refreshments
  • 10:15-12:00
  • Class Time is Now Clinical Time
  • 12:00–1:00
  • Collaborative Lunch with Peers
  • 1:00–2:30
  • Oral Poster Presentations
  • 2:30–3:00
  • Break––Poster Presentations/Refreshments
  • 3:00–4:30
  • Breakout Session 1
 

DAY 2: November 5, 2017

  • 7:45–8:15
  • Registration/Breakfast
  • 8:15–9:45
  • Breakout Session 2
  • 9:45–10:15
  • Break––Poster Presentations/Refreshments
  • 10:15–11:45
  • Breakout Session 3
  • 11:45–12:45
  • Lunch Break––Poster Presentations
  • 12:45-1:30
  • NCLEX® in Every Clinical
  • 1:30–2:15
  • NCLEX® in Every Lab
  • 2:15–2:45
  • Break––Poster Presentations/Refreshments
  • 2:45–3:30
  • Learning How to Learn
  • 3:30-4:15
  • NCLEX® Success in Your Program
  • 4:15–4:30
  • Wrap-Up/Evaluations

Lodging

Embassy Suites Hotel Embassy Suites lobby Embassy Suites room

Embassy Suites Hotel, Orlando Airport

5835 T.G. Lee Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32822

Rate (Group Rate):
King Suite: $139/night or Double Suite: $159/night + 12.5% tax. Parking will be at a reduced rate of $10/day, per car.

Reservations:
Online or call 407·888·9339
Tell them you are with the NurseTim, Inc. conference when you call.

Includes:

  • All-suite hotel less than one mile from the Orlando International Airport
  • Refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker in all rooms
  • Free, made-to-order breakfast including a custom omelet, fresh fruit, and waffles
  • Evening Reception, nightly, with drinks and light snack
  • Outdoor heated pool and whirlpool

CALL FOR POSTERS!

Submit by October 9, 2017

Presenters are expected to be available for questions and discussion with participants during posted exhibit/poster session hours. Handouts and your contact information are recommended for attendees but not required.

Prepare your poster to stand alone as a table top display.

Each item should be clearly marked with the following: name of organization, on-site contact, meeting planner, date of function, name of hotel event contact, number of boxes in shipment.

Of the poster abstracts selected, some will be chosen for oral presentation.

Remember, if your abstract is accepted you must attend the conference and pay registration fees. Also, posters are to be attended during exhibit times.

Submit your abstract here

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Sessions


Sessions Menu

Pre-Conference (Nov. 3)

Test-Item Writing Intensive: NCLEX® on Your Exams (Hands-On)
1:30-4:45

This workshop will focus on the successful development, maintenance, and revision of test items and exams. We will explore strategies to create and revise questions for the purpose of identifying students’ ability to implement safe and effective clinical judgment while providing care. Participants will practice using NCLEX®-related client needs, the nursing process, and quality and safety concepts to enhance the validity of test items. There will be an introductory exploration of item analysis and test blueprints as well. Bring test items to use as practice.

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Day 1 (Nov. 4)

NCLEX® as the Evidence Base of Your Students’ Future
8:30-9:45

Bring your syllabus!
When trying to improve our program outcomes, we often develop plans too quickly. Often, we add additional resources for students who are already feeling overwhelmed with the quantity of work they must accomplish in a short timeframe. This session focuses on the most current evidence base and best practices related to student and programmatic NCLEX® success.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore current evidence as it relates to NCLEX® standards of success.
  • Identify two changes that can be used within the syllabus to address evidence-based standards.
  • Create a plan for syllabus adjustments based on evidence-based standards.
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Class Time is Now Clinical Time
10:15-12:00

With the support of recent research, we recognize that it is critical to bring clinical into the classroom in order to improve student learning and facilitate the development of higher-order thinking. In this session, we will practice several strategies with which to make every classroom a clinical-based experience that is structured using the NCLEX® Client Needs. These strategies simultaneously address not only outcomes, but also key concerns such as incivility, retention, and job satisfaction for faculty.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a learning activity that can be used in class and clinical.
  • Analyze the use of the NCLEX® Test Plan to help improve learning.
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Oral Poster Presentations
1:00-2:30

Poster contributors will be invited to share their discoveries in the journey to address NCLEX® success. These presentations will include hands-on activities to help participants apply the focus of the posters. Collaborating with other faculty/schools is essential in creating learning environments that deliver optimal outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Collaborate with colleagues in discussions of current educational practices.
  • Create strategies for integration of current practice.
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Breakout Session 1
3:00–4:30

Test Items That Work: Efficient and Effective Test-Item Development

1A

Valid and reliable assessments are crucial when aiming for ideal NCLEX® pass rates. As we consider test items, we will focus on clinical judgment by keeping the end in mind. Where will the student use the information/concept/strategy? This philosophy is crucial as we seek to create test items in a way that assesses readiness for practice. Bring a test item to share.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a test item that assesses the students’ understanding at the application and analysis level.
  • Use the NCLEX® Test Plan as a framework for building better exams.

Building and Managing Exams: A Sanity-Saving Approach

1B

Exams that are valid and reliable are based on practice and delivered in such a way that produces statistically acceptable results for a group of learners. This session will focus on quick/easy/proven strategies to help with blueprinting and planning an exam. Emphasis will be placed on connecting the exam to the NCLEX® Test Plan for the purpose of determining readiness for practice. The session will also cover how to manage item analysis in such a way that effective decisions can be made about the quality of each test item. Whether you are testing 10 students or 110 students, you won’t want to miss this session.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a test blueprint that ensures validity of an exam.
  • Describe key statistics used to analyze efficacy of test items.
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Day 2 (Nov. 5)

Breakout Session 2
8:15 - 9:45

Test Items That Work: Efficient and Effective Test-Item Development

2A

Valid and reliable assessments are crucial when aiming for ideal NCLEX® pass rates. As we consider test items, we will focus on clinical judgment by keeping the end in mind. Where will the student use the information/concept/strategy? This philosophy is crucial as we seek to create test items in a way that assesses readiness for practice. Bring a test item to share.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a test item that assesses the students’ understanding at the application and analysis level.
  • Use the NCLEX® Test Plan as a framework for building better exams.

Building and Managing Exams: A Sanity-Saving Approach

2B

Exams that are valid and reliable are based on practice and delivered in such a way that produces statistically acceptable results for a group of learners. This session will focus on quick/easy/proven strategies to help with blueprinting and planning an exam. Emphasis will be placed on connecting the exam to the NCLEX® Test Plan for the purpose of determining readiness for practice. The session will also cover how to manage item analysis in such a way that effective decisions can be made about the quality of each test item. Whether you are testing 10 students or 110 students, you won’t want to miss this session.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a test blueprint that ensures validity of an exam.
  • Describe key statistics used to analyze efficacy of test items.
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Breakout Session 3
10:15-11:45

Creating a Culture of Quality Learning Experiences

3A

When a student is struggling, there are a number of internal and external factors that must be considered. The struggling student is often identified because a symptom of a bigger problem is manifested in the learning/assessment process. This session will help you develop effective strategies to prevent problems through a focus on quality. We will then explore how to address problems as soon as they arise and turn them into opportunities for growth in the learner and the educator.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe characteristics of the at-risk student.
  • Develop a learning strategy that can promote retention of the at-risk student.
  • Explore strategies for reating a culture of success.

NCLEX® and Standardized Testing: Evidence-Based Decisions Every Semester

3B

Are your students ready for practice? Are your students ready for NCLEX®? This question plagues every educator. When looking at the results of faculty-created exams, faculty-created clinical assessments, and faculty-created feedback reports, many faculty are still left wondering about student readiness. More importantly, the student is also left wondering. This session will look at the benefits and challenges of incorporating nationally standardized exams into every level of the curriculum for the purpose of validating learning at all levels. Emphasis will be placed on best practices that are fair and equitable and help deliver a feedback loop to the learners and faculty across the curriculum.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Compare and contrast nationally normed exams and curriculum driven exams.
  • Demonstrate how to utilize exam reports to assess and improve curriculum.
  • Create a plan utilizing standardized testing best practices.
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NCLEX® in Every Clinical
Teaching, Learning, Assessment, and Evaluation
12:45-1:30

Bring a sample clinical evaluation tool.
Incorporating NCLEX® into the clinical setting is rarely considered by nursing programs. Outlining and structuring clinical preparation, learning activities, and evaluation around the NCLEX® Client Needs will allow your students to critically think and better connect clinical to the rest of the curriculum. The side effect can be a welcome improvement in overall outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Examine the characteristics of clinical structure that impacts the educator’s planning.
  • Critique clinical evaluation tools in their ability to objectively measure student outcomes.
  • Construct a clinical evaluation tool that is focused around the NCLEX® Care Categories.
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NCLEX® in Every Lab
Teaching, Learning, Assessment, and Evaluation
1:30-2:15

How much of your lab time is spent with students demonstrating, observing, and evaluating? Discover new approaches and ideas to transform your lab. Focus will be placed on practical strategies to make your lab into a clinical environment that is structured around NCLEX® expectations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify strategies for the lab that promote reflection through questions and debriefing.
  • Build strategies for the lab environment that focus care around NCLEX® expectations.
  • Perform activities that will enhance student success in the lab setting.
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Learning How to Learn
Provide an NCLEX® PreView for Your Learners
2:45-3:30

Proactive interventions work.
The NCLEX® PreView is a program that teaches students a new way of thinking in order to become more successful on the licensure exam. Students are often unsuccessful based on their inability to think critically, and not necessarily on a lack of content knowledge. This program provides is a framework for developing habits of critical thinking that can be incorporated into the learning experience of each and every student. Instead of waiting until a month or two before NCLEX®, the goal here is to create a culture of success in your program.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze the use of NurseThink™ as a framework helping students learn how to learn.
  • Critique a learning activity that can be used in all courses that will help a student learn how to learn.
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NCLEX® Success in Your Program
3:30-4:15

This session will provide you with an individualized working plan as you move forward with your newfound knowledge from this workshop. Emphasis will be on strategies, tools, and discoveries that you can use immediately.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Reflect on personal understanding and values related to student outcomes.
  • Critique personal practice as an educator for opportunities for growth.
  • Develop a plan for growing professionally as an educator.
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More Conference Information
 

Photography/Videography

We reserve the right to photograph/record attendees for promotional use.

Attire

Business–casual attire is appropriate for the conference. Please note that the temperature in the meeting rooms varies; dress in layers to ensure your comfort. Also, please come prepared to move about the room; sessions are interactive and hands-on.

Technology

Tablets and laptops are not required, but many examples will be available for you to try first-hand. However, if you do not bring your tablet/laptop, you can try all these activities at a later time. In an effort to be eco-friendly, we will make all handouts and activities available online.

Abstract Submission

Consider submitting a poster presentation demonstrating your use of the NCLEX® Client Needs to create curricular changes, integrate learning activities in simulation/lab/classroom, or evaluate student outcomes. The deadline for submitting an abstract is October 9, 2017. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected participants will be notified soon after this deadline. A limited number of posters will be accepted.

See Call for Posters to submit your abstract and get complete poster presentation guidelines.