New York — Oct. 1
The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, or JCNE, Khan Academy and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing have announced a partnership to create free, peer-developed and expert-reviewed online resources to help nurses prepare for professional practice and sit for selected portions of the National Council Licensure Examination.
Building on a growing body of inter-professional tools housed on Khan Academy’s website, this new model for professional health education will aim to provide content-rich resources to providers across disciplines around the globe.
The partner institutions will sponsor a competition for nursing students and other health care professionals to create video tutorials and exercises for specific NCLEX-RN content areas, including physiology, pathophysiology and management of health conditions.
Selected winners will receive an all-expenses-paid weeklong training program at Khan Academy in Mountain View, Calif. Trainees will go on to produce a collection of tutorials and other tools that will be accessible to students in nursing or related fields worldwide — especially helpful for those who cannot afford test preparation courses or who are enrolled at institutions with limited resources.
Last year, about 195,000 new nursing school graduates sat for the NCLEX-RN, which is designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for safe and effective nursing practice at the entry level. All nurses must pass the exam to practice as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. — more than 1.2 million of whom will be needed to fill the projected number of U.S. job openings through 2020. Nurses coming from overseas to practice in the U.S. must also pass the exam.
Tutorial topics, including health promotion and maintenance, risk reduction, care management and pharmacological therapies, will be drawn from a range of focus areas included on the NCLEX-RN as well as nursing manuals and other teaching sources. Content will be added continuously as new materials are created.
Ultimately, the goal of the partnership is to create a scalable bank of information with opportunities for deep learning engagement.
Source: The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence