Vol1iss3The Latest in Nursing Education from Donna D.Ignatavicius, MS, RN, ANEF Table of ContentsWelcome to Iggys Promoting Student Success: Helping Students Analyze Their Test-Taking NCLEX Tips and How to Effectively Use Test Seeking Grants for Funding Support in Nursing Education, Part Tips and Tech Tips and Iggy Presents New Webinars in ................................................................................................................
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Look for information about how to subscribe in the December, 2009 is-sue.Thanks for your continued support of our work to promote nursing education!Donna D.Ignatavicius, MS, RN, ANEF President, DI Associates, Inc.Consultant / Educator / Author PROMOTING STUDENT SUCCESS: HELPING STUDENTS ANALYZE THEIR TEST-TAKING HABITS Donna D.
Ignatavicius, MS, RN, ANEF tudents often have difficulty taking NCLEX-style test questions.Sometimes they misunder-stand what the question is asking.At other times, they dont recall information or misread the item.Some students have a habit of changing their choices from the correct answer to one that is incor-To help students analyze the areas where they need to improve and better understand their test-taking habits, have them use the form on the last page of this newsletter (Courtesy of Patricia Spurr, EdD, RN).
If you want to download and print the test analysis form, see the students have completed the form, review the results with them and jointly develop an action plan for helping them improve!IGGYS DESK - 1 - HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE TEST BANKS Donna D.Ignatavicius, MS, RN, ANEF ost textbooks have multiple ancillary materi-als, including test banks that are available as CDs, secure web resources, or both.When using test banks to develop your tests, keep these tips in Maintain security of all test banks, even older ones, to keep them from appearing on e-Bay or other web sites.
Lock up CDs or printed tests when not using them or when you arent at your desk.Do not allow students access to se-cure instructor web resources.Dont take all your test items from test banks.Develop your own questions to include on the test.Review each test bank item carefully to deter-mine if it is a valid, well-written question
Some items are categorized as application or higher cognitive levels when they are actually knowl-edge and comprehension.When reviewing a clinical test bank item, ask Does the stem include a clinical scenario? Does the question require an action or deci-sion by the nurse (e.g., assessment, prioriti-zation, health teaching, delegation, inter-Does the item require the student to focus on patient or staff safety? Does the item require the student to recall or understand two or more concepts to an-swer it? If so, its likely at the application Does the item require the student to criti-cally think to put concepts together? If the answer to any of the above questions during your test item review is no, edit items
NCLEX TIPS AND UPDATES New Alternate Item Formats n 1994, the NCLEX changed from a paper-and-pencil format of selected response (multiple-choice) items to computer adaptive technology us-ing the same type of item format.However, se-lected response items limit the measurement of higher order thinking.In a study by Wendt and Kenny (2009), new gradu-ates (both RN and PN) agreed that constructed response (alternate) items are more realistic and tence.
Examples of currently used constructed re-sponse items on the NCLEX include: Select all that apply Recently, Wendt and Harmes (2009) reported the results of pilot testing of new constructed response items, such as: Video interaction Animation inclusion Graphics interaction Decision task item sets While these newer formats take advantage of available computer technology, they are expensive to develop and require more time for graduates to complete.Their advantages include: Ease of use by todays tech savvy graduates Better indication of higher order thinking mary language More constructed response items are likely to be tested and seen on licensure exams in the near future to make new graduate testing more authen-tic and reflective of todays practice.- 2 - as needed if you want to use application or higher type questions.Be sure to include constructed response as well as selected response items (see NCLEX Tips and Updates in this issue of Iggys ; SEEKING GRANTS FOR FUNDING SUPPORT IN NURSING EDUCATION Part 2: Decorating the Package - Writing a Grant Proposal*our project is defined.
The funding sources are located.Now what? It is time to officially write the proposal using the potential grantors criteria.Remember, the potential funding agency has only your grant proposal to use when determining whether you will be funded.Though writing the pro-posal may take some time, this is your area to shine grant proposal; however, some commonalities are grant requirements carefully and to know the dead-line for submission.
Remember: To write a success-agency has requested.Some common requirements include: projects goals (outcomes) and scope, timeline, and Be sure to find out what the grantors goals are and then highlight how your projects outcomes align with these.Many funding age