White Paper: Utilizing Test Blueprinting to Prepare Nursing Students for the NCLEX and Beyond

by Dawn Oakley Whitfield, MSN, RN & Shannon Meijer DNP, RN | August 9, 2021

In the new Kaplan Nursing white paper, “Utilizing Test Blueprinting to Prepare Nursing Students for the NCLEX and Beyond,” Shannon Meijer DNP, RN, and Dawn Oakley Whitfield, MSN, RN take a deep dive into the importance of assessment, the purpose of test blueprinting, and how to develop and implement test blueprints to assess clinical judgement and critical thinking skills.

DOWNLOAD "Utilizing Test Blueprinting to Prepare Nursing Students for the NCLEX and Beyond," to read the white paper.

The white paper offers detailed information and analysis about:

  • Defining and unpacking the purpose of assessments and test blueprints
  • How to use course content and learning objectives to guide blueprint development
  • Examining test blueprint construction as a guide/map to develop assessments
  • Ways in which test blueprinting will result in preparedness and success on the NCLEX and NGN.

To learn even more about how Kaplan can help your students prepare for NGN and their future careers, please reach out to your regional representative or request more information on our website.

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Dawn Oakley Whitfield, MSN has been in the nursing field for over 25 years and has experience in clinical and education settings. She received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Piedmont Community College, then went on to complete her BSN from North Carolina Central University and her MSN in Nursing Education from East Carolina University. She has served as a staff nurse in orthopedics, PACU, and radiology, as well as manager of education and infection control for a local hospital. The last 13 years of her career she has been in the education arena, first as nursing faculty, then as Director of Nursing Education in a community college setting. Encouraging, supporting and celebrating student success, mentoring and modeling excellence in patient care and implementing evidence-based practice drives her passion not only for quality patient care, but also for teaching and learning in nursing education. She is a member of the National League for Nursing and mom to her beautiful son, Andrew. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, volunteering in the community, and spending time with family and friends. & Shannon Meijer DNP, RN, has over 28 years of nursing experience, with more than half of those years being specific to nursing education. She received her BSN from Nazareth College, MSN in Nursing Education from Walden University and her DNP in Academic Leadership from Jacksonville University. She has served in both faculty and director positions over the years and continues to teach online courses for a BSN program. She maintains active membership in the American Nurses Association, International Nurses Association, Phi Kappa PHi Graduate Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. Her special interests include nursing student success from program admission to NCLEX, reducing testing anxiety, and mentoring new nurse educators. 

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