NurseThink® Clinical Judgment Exam Validity Statement

The NurseThink® Clinical Judgment Exams (CJEs) are high-quality, evidence-based nursing assessments grounded in clinical judgment and predictive of NCLEX® success and practice readiness. To this end, the NurseThink® team has built a focused process of analyzing the most recent nursing research, fully integrating current nursing and health care standards, and carefully collaborating with professionals in practice to ensure contextual realism and clinical authenticity. All development team members receive extensive and ongoing training to ensure that clinical judgment and evidence-based practice are the primary focus of the NurseThink® CJEs. The development managers and team members work hand in hand with nursing faculty nationwide to ensure blueprints are consistent with current practice and educational standards. They methodically review professional standards of practice to include NCLEX® Client Needs, QSEN Competencies, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Clinical Judgment Measurement Model (CJMM), the nursing process, and more. Professional nurses in practice review all questions and exams for context and realism and ensure clinical judgment is central to each NurseThink® CJE.

Our CJEs have continued to adapt and change with the current NCSBN Clinical Judgment Measurement Model to prepare nursing students for the Next Generation NCLEX® (NGN). Our blueprints remain aligned with NGN expectations and stay abreast of new item types. In addition, CJE item analysis and assessment statistics are computed and interpreted by a known and respected psychometric expert to strengthen ongoing development and improvement by the NurseThink® team.

With the growth and advancement of the NGN, for students taking the NCLEX® in 2022, we recommend a score that is 10% higher than the national average on each Benchmark exam. Based on expert analysis, we predict that these students will have a 90% chance of passing the NCLEX® the first time. For students taking the NCLEX® on or after April 1, 2023, we currently suggest that they attain a score that is 15% higher than the Benchmark national average for a 90% chance of passing the NCLEX® on the first attempt.

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