Volume 2, Issue 2 - June 2009

Thank you for your business.
We are proud to share that we have exceeded our goal in expanding the number of NLN testing customers for the first quarter of 2009. We are delighted to support your organization's nursing education process and foster nursing excellence among your students and practicing nurses. Our staff is always available and willing to help, so please feel free to contact us at 1-800-732-8656 or customerhelp@nln.org.

Do Your Students Need Practice for the NCLEX-RN?
Have your students take NCLEX-style practice questions free of charge through NLN Testing Services. Currently we are seeking test sites throughout the country to host these computer-based exams during the months of July and August. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at 1-800-732-8NLN or customerhelp@nln.org. As you know, the more computer-based test items taken by your students, the better the outcomes on the NCLEX-RN.

Item Writers…We Need YOU!
Do you have an area of expertise that you would like to share? NLN Testing Services is seeking exemplar nursing faculty to write items for our line of achievement exams. With our new online format, no travel is required. Please email Dr. Larry Simmons at lasimmons@nln.org to express your interest.

Testing Tip to Save You Time
In response to requests from our computer-based testing users, the NLN has added a feature to the Administrator Account that allows faculty to create individual student memos for the delivery of the achievement exam and practice test codes. The feature is located in the same area where you would ordinarily find the link to "download codes into a spreadsheet." For more information, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-732-8NLN or your regional Solutions manager.

Students Benefit from Direct Access to NLN Testing Resources
NLN Testing Services is reaching out to students, with a comprehensive set of learning tools that will help them stretch their minds and reach toward excellence as they prepare for licensure. These tools may be purchased directly via the NLN Marketplace, a hot link on the NLN homepage, www.nln.org.

The first tool is the Diagnostic Readiness Test which helps students (RN or PN) evaluate their preparedness as measured by the NCLEX. This 174-item, four-option, multiple-choice exam is available in an online format, providing immediate feedback of results. The student's score report offers diagnostic information about strengths and weaknesses in the areas of NCLEX categories, health alterations, the nursing process, and the clinical process. Scores are reported graphically and should be used as part of an individual study plan.

The NLN's Question Review Bank (QRB) with Comprehensive Rationales and Multiple Examination Modes is also designed for NCLEX preparation and is a proven strategy to accelerate the student's ability to learn content and increase critical thinking skills.

The QRB-RN features 4,200 items; the QRB-PN features 3,300 items. Both are available for four-month subscriptions. Adhering to an individual plan, the student creates a personalized experience by choosing self-selected, customized practice exams arranged by topic, subject, or question-difficulty level, with an option for immediate feedback. Reports are generated for every practice exam to help students track their progress and eliminate guesswork for NCLEX readiness. Moreover, students can share this detailed information with faculty, to proactively seek out support in meeting their individual needs.

Lastly, the NLN's newly launched Nurse TxtPrep Services is an easy way to reinforce learning and prepare for the licensure examination. This subscription service sends practice test questions to the student's cell phone, smart phone, or other text-capable handheld device. Five NCLEX-style practice test questions are sent directly to the device each weekday morning, and answers are sent the same afternoon. This is an affordable and convenient way to help students stay on track. Monthly subscriptions can be accessed at www.NurseTxtPrep.com.

Helpful Hints for Busy Nurse Faculty
Who's in control? You or your Blackberry? We have spoken with several of our colleagues who feel obligated to check their Blackberrys all the time (hence the nickname "Crackberry") and wanted to know how to better manage their use.

So we consulted an expert with a pretty simple approach: look at the pros and cons of something and then make intelligent conclusions. Click the link below to view the pro and con list for the Blackberry followed by her conclusions. www.thecorporateeducator.com/uploads/2009.06.archive.htm.

Lastly, if you have any questions or are interested in exploring the other testing products offered by the NLN, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-732-8NLN or customerhelp@nln.org.

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