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Best Practices in Incorporating Standardized Testing in a Nursing Education Program
- Describe various ways that standardized tests are used in undergraduate nursing programs.
- Identify similarities and differences in custom versus generic content-specific tests.
- Discuss methods for using aggregate student scores from standardized tests to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum.
- Discuss how a testing committee can be employed to advise faculty on testing product selection, administration practices, post-test review procedures, and testing policies used across the program.
Ainslie T. Nibert, PhD, RN, FAAN
Ainslie Nibert is a nationally recognized expert in nursing curriculum, testing, and measurement. She has led teams for developing curriculum, standardized exams, online remediation content, and licensure/certification exam preparation materials supported by peer-reviewed, published reports of evidence-based outcome achievement for academic nursing and allied health programs. She currently serves as Associate Dean/Associate Professor, Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing – Houston, and as an academic and corporate consultant, leading strategic program development for several nursing academic and clinical practice organizations. She previously served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Review and Testing, producing the HESI computerized testing program, within the education division of Elsevier, Inc. Dr. Nibert, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Texas Christian University, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, and a PhD in nursing from Texas Woman’s University. A member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, she serves as a Faculty Advisor for the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy and is a Virginia Henderson Fellow. With decades of experience, her previous employment includes staff development coordinator, nurse manager, director of research, clinical adjunct professor, associate professor, and baccalaureate nursing program chair. Her articles appear in several journals, including CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education, and Nurse Educator.
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Karin J. Sherrill, RN, MSN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAADN
Karin J. Sherrill is an experienced nurse educator with over twenty years of teaching experience at Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona. During her teaching tenure, she has been involved with multiple projects including online education, informatics development, active teaching strategies, new grad transition to practice, and the integration of classroom, lab and simulation technologies. She teaches third-semester nursing students in the classroom and simulation lab along with facilitating student success courses throughout the curriculum. Karin currently serves on the Maricopa Nursing Testing Committee, the T.I.G.E.R. Informatics Education Committee, and is the president of the Arizona League for Nursing. Karin has consulted for the National League for Nurses Testing Services, National Council State Board of Nursing, and several publishing companies. She is a member of the Arizona and National League for Nursing, the Arizona and American Nurses Association, the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and was founding president for the Arizona Simulation Network.
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