How-to Study for the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) 2023
What's New About the Next Generation NCLEX?
The NGN is expected to roll out in April 2023, and it will include several changes to the exam format. Here are the key changes that are expected with the NGN:
- More clinical judgement-based questions
The NGN will include more questions that focus on clinical judgement, which is the ability to make sound clinical decisions based on patient needs and data. These questions will require test-takers to analyze data, consider patient preferences, and apply critical thinking skills to make the best clinical decision.
- Use of "hot spot" questions
The NGN will introduce a new question format called "hot spot" questions. These questions will ask test-takers to identify a specific area of an image or text passage that is relevant to the question. For example, a test-taker may be asked to identify the area of a radiographic image that shows a specific pathology.
- More realistic scenarios
The NGN will include more realistic scenarios that reflect the types of situations nurses encounter in practice. These scenarios will be based on real patient cases and will require test-takers to apply their knowledge and skills in a clinical context.
- Integration of technology
The NGN will integrate technology into the exam, including the use of virtual simulations and electronic health records. Test-takers will be required to navigate through simulated clinical scenarios and interpret data from electronic health records.
- Changes to scoring
The NGN will use a new scoring system that takes into account both correct and incorrect answers. Test-takers will receive credit for answering questions correctly, but they will also receive credit for answering questions that are "near correct" or "partially correct." This scoring system is designed to reward clinical judgement and critical thinking skills.
These changes on the Next Generation NCLEX are intended to better reflect the skills and knowledge needed for nursing practice and to ensure that nurses are prepared to provide safe and effective care to patients.