Benchmark - Summative Assessment


Formative and summative assessments should align with instructional objectives and provide instructors with a variety of ways to measure learning. Instructors have the responsibility to create a test blueprint before creating the assessment to guide them in item writing. 

The purpose of this assignment is to create NCLEX style questions and a test blueprint based on the QSEN competency you selected and course objectives you created in the Topic 3 assignment. Create a summative assessment that consists of five NCLEX-style questions. All questions should be leveled based on Bloom's taxonomy assigned appropriately to where your course fits in the curriculum.  

Complete the "Test Blueprint" template to guide your distribution of 100 questions across all Bloom's levels for the four objectives you created in Topic 3. These questions should be distributed according to the semester your course will occur. Use the "Test Blueprint" template to complete the following: 

1. Create five NCLEX-style questions based on your QSEN competency.

2. Identify the Bloom's level and rationale for including each of the five NCLEX-style questions.

3. Complete the "Test Blueprint" template of 100 hypothetical questions (you do not have to create 100 questions, just designate how many questions per Bloom's level and how many of the 100 questions would be select-all-that-apply).

4. Provide a rationale that explains why you assigned questions to each of the Bloom's levels within the test blueprint. 

Incorporate the "Test Blueprint" template, five NCLEX-style questions, and associated narratives into one Word document. 

APA style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

Benchmark Information

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competency:

MSN Nursing Education

6.2: Assess and evaluate learning using a variety of strategies.

Pediatric Nursing

Four objectives

1. The objective of this course is for student nurse to be able to communicate with pediatric patients and families to create a safe environment and to provide patient teaching effectively (Yen & Leasure, 2019).

2. Pediatric nursing students are subjected to learning about specific diseases that target their population of focus, which may be neonates, infants, children, and teenagers.

3. This course is where pediatric nurse students are subjected to real-life training and expected to apply their knowledge and training in the field in the guidance of an experienced staff.

4. There are issues of ethical principles that the nurses need to understand, including the aspect of autonomy and integrity.

Competency III of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nurse Educator Competencies discusses the use of assessment and evaluation strategies. Assessment and evaluation strategies should be used by nurse educators to determine student learning in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting. This competency can be used to inform decisions in curriculum development by providing guidance on subject matter that is not grasped by the student.

 Halstead, J. A. (2019). NLN core competencies for nurse educators: A decade of influence. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

The NLN Nurse Educator Competency I selected was Competency III which discusses the use of assessment and evaluation strategies. I chose the pediatric nursing course that students are subjected to learning about specific diseases that target their population of focus, which may be neonates, infants, children, and teenagers (Hunt, 2015). 

Bloom identified six levels which include: knowledge, understanding (from simple recall or recognition of facts), application, analysis, synthesis (complex and abstract mental levels), and evaluation which is the higher-order in the cognitive domain.

A sample NCLEX questions

Bloom’s Taxonomy- knowledge/understanding

Which of the following is an urgent concern for a child in acute renal failure with a potassium level of 8 mEq/L?


1. cardiac arrhythmias

2. cerebral edema

3. intracranial hemorrhage

4. seizures

Answer: A (This question will help to assess knowledge and understanding of the renal system).

Bloom’s Taxonomy- analysis

What is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infections in hospitals?


1. vaccination

2. use of gloves

3. use of mask

4. proper handwashing

 Answer: D (The students are able to apply the information in the clinical area what they have learned in the classroom)

Bloom’s Taxonomy- Evaluation

 How would you assess a patient with a central venous catheter for any signs of infection?

Select all that apply.


A. vital signs every four hours and notify the provider if temperature greater than 99.5-degree Fahrenheit

B. assess the insertion site every four hours for redness or irritation

C. prevent multiple peripheral IV insertion

D. the dressing should be changed every 7 days and PRN

Answer: A, B, D This will test the learner’s ability to do assessment and evaluation