The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, Khan Academy and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing are partnering to create free, peer-developed and expert-reviewed online resources to help nurses prepare to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination.
This new model for professional health education, announced Oct. 1, will provide resources to providers across disciplines around the globe, building on interprofessional tools housed on the website of Khan Academy, a nonprofit group focusing on free education.
The three organizations will sponsor a competition for nursing students and other healthcare 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 then will develop tutorials and other free tools that will be accessible to students in nursing or related fields worldwide.
This was a meeting of the minds, as each of our individual missions coincides with this innovative approach to education, Darlene Curley, RN, MS, executive director of the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, said in a news release. We want to see the cadre of highly-qualified nurses grow, and we can achieve that collective goal more quickly through online learning.
Last year, about 195,000 new nursing school graduates sat for the NCLEX-RN, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1.2 million RNs will be needed to fill projected U.S. job openings through 2020. Nurses coming from overseas to practice in the U.S. also must pass the exam.
Healthcare education has become a core area for Khan Academy, driven by consumer demand especially from nurses, Rishi Desai, MD, MPH, program lead medical partnerships at Khan Academy, said in the release.
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, in nursing manuals and from other teaching sources. Content will be added continuously as new materials are created.
This new model is a cutting-edge departure from traditional approaches used to prepare nurses to fully assume and flourish in the RN role, Jane Kirschling, RN, PhD, FAAN, president of AACN, said in the release. The collaborating organizations are committed to providing technology-enhanced teaching tools that will serve as a free supplement for those preparing for the NCLEX-RN and provide opportunities for ongoing learning and refreshment for nurses and other healthcare providers.
Tutorial competition submissions will be accepted on Khan Academys website starting in November; the deadline for submissions will be Jan. 17. Full contest rules, submission guidelines and entry criteria will be announced by Khan in early November. The first tutorials are expected to be available in the spring of 2014 through Khan Academys online learning library. Funding to support the competition and content development has been provided by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.