Solutions for APRN Training and Advanced Practice Nurse Education Improvement
Computer-based learning activities have a place in your Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) program.
While not a replacement for instructor-led didactic learning, self-directed learning and assessment, particularly when applied across standardized examinations, can be a lifesaver for your instructors.
Training someone to take a certification in nursing practice is a complex job, without a lot of time or room for error.
There are types of automations that can assist your program in identifying knowledge gaps in your class, and provide remediation with a minimum of faculty involvement in designing and writing remedial materials or tests for your APRN Program.
Today’s learning systems, the ones that come with pre-built content organized around an examination blueprint, use a variety of techniques to assist faculty in management and matriculation of students. Higher examination scores and higher matriculation mean more successful programs.
Online Education Tools That Help Training at Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) programs:
Baseline examinations are fixed-question exams, that is, they always consist of the exact same questions, typically 100 to 150 questions, often modeling the actual certification exam in a clinical specialty. These are given at the start of a study, class, or school year, and identify topically the academic strengths and weaknesses of the class as a whole, and individuals within the class.
Baseline exams can be retaken during and after the semester to note improvements, or areas where remediation is required. You do not want to give baseline examinations too frequently, or else the students may simply recognize the questions after a while.
With a baseline examination covering the entire profession blueprint, it is possible to identify and score the higher level blueprint areas, and then assign specific topics or modules automatically to remediate or provide self-directed learning applications to the students.
Prescriptive learning approaches the entire blueprint for the profession or topical area being tested, allowing the student and staff to concentrate effort on the areas where there are lower scores, and de-emphasize areas where the student is already scoring well.
Simulated examinations are randomly pulled questions across the profession or topic blueprint which correspond to the actual certification or intermediate examination. A simulated examination, like a baseline exam, can tell you – especially if taken more than once – more about the student’s clinical knowledge level.
Assessments, like a simulated exam, are usually composed mostly of simple assessment style questions – single answer, multiple choice. While assessment-only questions are not proper by themselves for didactic learning, they are more representative of the actual exam, and fulfill the function of giving the program a baseline for the student.
Tied to the exam simulations, or customized testing designed by your nurse educators, adaptive learning attempts to avoid repeating questions to students that have already answered them correctly, or have built a high confidence factor with a particular question. Large question banks with repetition of key points through multiple questions are necessary for adaptive learning and APRN training.
In adaptive learning environments, you will also want a mix of simple (assessment) and complex (teaching) questions to drive home key points or objectives for a topic. Question remediation in these types of programs typically contain the didactic material, references, and key points to reinforce retention of learning material.
Topical Examinations and Custom Examinations
The capability to build more focused examinations by your nurse faculty, or to test on very narrow topics is useful both in learning, and in remediation of spot gaps in the students clinical knowledge. Here you want question banks that are organized at their lowest level into very narrow topics, with anywhere from 5 to 20 questions per topic. These give you easily assigned and easily completed course segments to remediate an identified knowledge gap, or to prepare your students for their next rotation.
Whether it is in support of preparing for clinical rotations, or aimed at assessing, identifying and fixing knowledge gaps in your APRN program, there are solutions that make your program better!