Developing Clinical Judgment Skills: Strategies that Make Students Think

Developing Clinical Judgment Skills: Strategies that Make Students Think

Nurses must possess knowledge and clinical judgment skills to provide safe, quality client care.  However, educators often lack the skills and confidence in developing and implementing strategies to help students acquire clinical judgment skills.  Innovative evidence-based active learning strategies will be shared, providing tools to equip nurse educators as they help students develop clinical judgment skills and prepare for the Next Generation NCLEX®.


Sheryl K. Sommer, PhD, RN, CNE

Dr. Sommer is the Chief Nursing Officer at Assessment Technologies Institute. She joined ATI after 27 years in nursing education. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in curriculum and evaluation. Dr. Sommer is an experienced administrator and leader, having served in several large nursing programs. She also held numerous faculty positions included teaching in practical, associate and baccalaureate as well as graduate nursing programs. Dr. Sommer played an active role in curriculum revisions, development of new programs, and preparation for accreditation. The desire to create a positive future for nursing education drives Dr. Sommer’s passion to help nurse educators develop the necessary skills to effectively prepare future nurses. She has given numerous faculty development presentations and helps programs create and implement plans to establish quality nurse educators. Dr. Sommer’s passion for education includes developing strategies to promote clinical judgment skills. She engages with educators to help them develop the skills necessary to prepare nurses that are equipped to function in a fast-paced, ever changing healthcare environment. Dr. Sommer’s passion for nursing education is evident in her work, helping faculty develop skill in areas such as active learning strategies, curriculum and program evaluation. Dr Sommer enjoys the challenges associated with helping educators develop contemporary curriculums that meet current healthcare needs. She has assisted many educators in the development of both traditional and concept based curriculums. Dr. Sommer is recognized for her expertise as a nurse educator. She serves as a reviewer for prominent nursing education journals including the Journal of Nursing Education and Teaching and Learning in Nursing. She makes frequent national and regional presentations, has published numerous articles, and consults with nursing programs across the country.

Janean Johnson, MSN, RN, CNE

Janean Johnson, MSN, RN, CNE offers a robust background in clinical practice and nursing education. Over the course of her career, she has played an active leadership role in the university setting as well as in professional organizations. Ms. Johnson served as a nursing professor and faculty member, served as a mentor, and as a committee chair in areas such as technology, curriculum, faculty development, and program evaluation. Her experience has given her a deep understanding of the intricacies of the nursing education environment as well as the overall nursing field. Since joining ATI, she has assisted educators in developing or revising their curriculum, improve their item writing and test development skills, incorporate active learning strategies into the classroom and clinical settings, and improve program evaluation to enhance student learning outcomes and program effectiveness. Ms. Johnson is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and an active presenter in the field of nursing education and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including recognition for excellence in teaching.