What to know about Next Generation NCLEX®
When is the NCLEX changing?
For years, educators have been wondering, when will the Next Generation NCLEX start? The NCSBN has confirmed that the Next Generation NCLEX exam will launch on April 1, 2023. This means that students who entered nursing school in Fall 2021 will be tested with the NGN.
What is changing about the NCLEX?
The NGN is not a new or separate exam. It is an enhanced version of the current exam designed to better measure a student's clinical judgment. The result is an updated test design that includes the addition of new Next Generation NCLEX item types, changes to the length of the exam, and a new scoring methodology.
Next Gen NCLEX item types
The NCSBN has approved these new item types:
- Extended Multiple Response
- Extended Drag and Drop
- Cloze (Click or drag answer options to fill in the blank)
- Highlight Text
In addition to the current item types found on the exam, the Next Generation NCLEX will introduce unfolding case studies and stand-alone clinical judgment items. Each case study includes a clinical scenario, supporting information, and six questions that require candidates to make multiple decisions. The items are presented in sequential order so candidates progress through all six steps of the NCJMM. Any of the traditional or new Next Generation Nclex item types, except for bowtie, can be used in the case studies.
How can I begin adjusting my program in advance of the Next Gen NCLEX?
As we get closer to April 1, 2023, you may be wondering how you can begin to adjust your program. An important first step is to familiarize yourself with the NCJMM as you update your curriculum and incorporate Next Generation Nclex sample item types in preparation for the upcoming exam changes.
Remember, the NCJMM is simply a framework that enables you to better measure a candidate’s clinical judgment abilities. The framework is designed to work alongside, rather than replace, the nursing process and other nursing theories/models.
Consulting NCJMM will help you determine where you can adjust existing content, integrate new practices, and align evaluation methods with clinical judgment in the style of the NGN.
Read more if you are preparing for the Next Generation NCLEX.
Getting started with the Next Gen NCLEX
Look for online teaching and learning platforms, like UWorld Nursing, that provide high-quality NGN-style practice questions, content-rich rationales, and vivid illustrations that can be assigned in a variety of ways to develop your students’ clinical judgment.
Any resource you use should be doing these four things: