Success with NextGen Item Writing: A step by step approach (full-day)

Success with NextGen Item Writing: A step by step approach (full-day)

During this full-day workshop participants will learn to write Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) case study items designed to measure clinical judgment. Attendees will be introduced to the expected responses and behaviors demonstrated by nurses in relation to the six clinical judgment functions. Participants will learn how to use the behaviors to guide the development of items aimed at assessing students’ acquisition of clinical judgment. Educators will actively engage in small group sessions and discussions where they are given the opportunity to write a Next Generation case study item. A Psychometrician will provide an overview of the scoring methods used with the Next Generation item types.


Janean Johnson, DNP, RN, CNE

Janean Johnson, DNP, RN, CNE offers a robust background in clinical practice and nursing education. Her passion for nursing education is in areas of student engagement, technology, and clinical judgment. Dr. Johnson is an active presenter at the national, state, and regional levels helping in areas of faculty development including item writing, curriculum, active learning, and program evaluation. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including recognition for excellence in teaching.

Japonica Morris, EdD, MSN, RN

Japonica Morris is a Regional NCLEX Services Manager for ATI Nursing Education. She leads a dynamic team of educators that deliver high quality, live and virtual NCLEX® reviews for PN and RN graduates. Dr. Morris has over 15 years of experience in nursing education and combines her expertise in instructional leadership, classroom teaching, and faculty development in her current role. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the American Nurses Association.

Christine M. Mills, Ph.D

Dr. Christine Mills is the Directory of Research, Psychometrics and Test Security at Ascend. Chris has worked in the field of psychometrics implementing program and validation study designs for K12, college admissions and healthcare assessment programs for over 18 years. She is passionate about implementing modern test designs that meet client’s needs. She has presented and published work on test designs in nursing education, practice analysis studies, accessibility in test design, device comparability, and transitioning assessment programs to computer adaptive delivery.

Christine Lynn. Heid, PhD, MSN/Ed, RN, CNE, CHSE

Dr. Christine Heid, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE is a Nursing Education Consultant at ATI Nursing Education. Dr. Heid earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and holds a Master of Science in Nursing and Healthcare Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), and fellow of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation Learning (INACSL) and CAE Healthcare Simulation 2017 Washington D.C. Cohort. Her current service activities include volunteer on the INACSL Social Media Commitee, QSEN Academic Clinical Practice Taskforce, American Red Cross, and Membership Ambassador for Rho Nu at-Large chapter of Sigma. Her work on fostering deep learning through online post-conference learning has been published in the peer-reviewed journal “Teaching and Learning in Nursing”. Dr. Heid and her colleague Dr. Crum received an Honorable Mention for their poster “Doing Clinical Differently: Development of a Clinical Teaching and Learning Tool” at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2018 Baccalaureate Education Conference in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Heid brings diverse experience in nursing practice from small community hospitals to large metropolitan centers and across nursing education from practical nursing to the doctor of nursing practice. She is passionate about nursing education and welcomes the opportunity to share ideas, promote active learning strategies, and nurture ‘out of the box’ thinking to enhance student and faculty success.

Ann Nebel, EdD, MSN, RN

Ann Nebel, Ed. D, MSN, RN works for ATI Nursing Education as an NCLEX Services Manager for the Great Lakes region. She holds a Doctorate in Education with a focus on Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and a Master’s in Nursing Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Prior to joining ATI full-time in 2018, Dr. Nebel worked part-time for them in both the online classroom and the virtual classroom in NCLEX services. Dr. Nebel’s academic experience includes assistant professor roles in both baccalaureate and community college settings. Outside of her ATI responsibilities, Dr. Nebel enjoys spending quality time with her three children, Cameron (15), Lauren (11), and Piper (5), and her husband, Dave. Dr. Nebel volunteers her time with the TeamMates Mentoring program working with a mentee during the academic year.