Maryland Nursing Workforce Center

The Maryland Nursing Workforce Center (MNWC) has three focus areas: pipeline, education and practice. The pipeline focuses on the demand of nurses in the healthcare arena and the activities around recruitment of diverse learners to provide quality nursing care. The education focuses on schools of nursing and the preparation of competent graduates. The practice area focuses on issues related to new graduate nurses and issues of safety and well being of all nurses. As part of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, they coordinate nursing workforce data collection, analysis and reporting in a variety of methods. They partner with state agencies like the Maryland Board of Nursing and Maryland Higher Education Commission for enrollments, graduates, new pre-licensure nurses, advanced practice registered nurses (NPs, CRNAs, CNS, and CNM) as well as geographic distribution and information available within the agencies. At the national level, states are requested to provide minimum data sets established across participating states for supply data, demand data and college education program data. The MNWC Advisory Committee membership includes nursing and non-nursing leaders that represent the three focus areas.

On January 16, 2020 the MNWC sponsored a workshop for all faculty members entitled Next Generation NCLEX: Developing Clinical Judgement. Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN with Collaborative Momentum Consulting presented on the following topics:
•incorporating the NCSBN Clinical Judgment Model into the curriculum;
•active learning exercises that help students develop clinical judgment in the class, lab, simulation, and clinical experiences;
•evaluation strategies;
•and teaching and testing policies.

As a follow up to this one-day workshop, the MNWC contracted with Dr. Sportsman to provide the opportunity for each school of nursing to participate in a NCLEX Success Assessment Survey (N-SAS). The N-SAS provides an assessment of the extent to which the policies and strategies a nursing program uses to prepare students for the NCLEX licensing examination—and ultimately, successful practice—meet best practices. Focusing on the six factors evidence suggests have the greatest influence on NCLEX scores, information is collected from a select group of the school’s key administrators and faculty leaders via an online survey. The response data is analyzed, and a prioritized plan of interventions is developed for each school to improve first-time NCLEX pass rates. Dr. Sportsman then works with each school via onsite or virtual meetings to address the plan of action and explores ways the school can achieve the recommended approaches. MNWC Request form for free Consult with Dr. Sportsman for NCLEX-RN Student Assessment Survey (N-SAS). This is a free consultation funded through the MNWC for any Maryland nursing program. The findings are confidential between the school and consultant.