NCLEX® Program Reports

Professional Development Seminars


The NCLEX® Program Reports Professional Development Seminars are taught by industry leaders in nursing, program evaluation, and/or data analysis. All faculty have been involved in the development of NCLEX® Examinations or the NCLEX® Program Reports. Each of them has extensive experience with the NCLEX® Program Reports necessary to help you derive meaning from the numbers on your reports. Our faculty include:

Brian D Bontempo, PhD

Brian D Bontempo, Ph.D. Brian D Bontempo, PhD is the founder and Principal Consultant for Mountain Measurement, Inc. Brian's areas of expertise include psychometrics, Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT), licensure & certification, accreditation, reporting and data visualization. He is a former commissioner for National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and was instrumental in the development of the 2016 NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. Prior to forming Mountain Measurement, Dr. Bontempo was the psychometrician for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (where he was responsible for the pscyhometric soundness and legal defensibility of the NCLEX® Examinations), Microsoft, and Promissor (now Pearson VUE). Brian received his doctorate from the Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis program at the University of Chicago and his Master's in Educational Statistics from the Research and Evaluation program at the Ohio State University.

For a complete Bio including a list of publications and presentations, see Brian Bontempo, Ph.D. - Bio

Roseann Colosimo, PhD, MSN, RN

Roseann Colosimo Rosanne Colosimo, PhD, MSN, RN is a nurse educator and administrator with over 40 years of nursing experience. She is currently an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Dr Colosimo's academic and clinical career has focused on Psychiatric Nursing and has included appointments as a faculty member at the Ohio State Universityand the College of Southern Nevada as well as the Director of Nursing and Clinical Services at Montevista Hospital. As an Education Consultant for the Nevada State Board of Nursing, Rosanne was involved with program development, regulation, evaluation and improvement for a wide variety of nursing education programs including nurse aide and APRN programs. Dr Colosimo was recognized by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for her work on developing a Fellowship for Regulatory Excellence and for her contributions as a member of the NCLEX® Examination Committee. She has been the Editor of the Nevada Nursing News for the past 7 years and received the Northern Nevada Nurse Educator award in 2012.

Cathy Dearman, PhD, RN

Cathy Dearman Cathy Dearman, PhD, RN is a nurse educator, researcher, evaluator, and administrator with over 35 years of experience in nursing and higher education. She is the Associate Dean of Research and Development at the University of South Alabama where she has served as the Chair for Maternal Child Nursing for many years. Dr Dearman was a founding member and on-site evaluation team member for the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) and served as the president of the Alabama Board of Nursing in 2014. Cathy served as an on-site evaluation team member for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's NCLEX® Examination Committee. Dr. Dearman co-authored Project Planning and Management: A guide for CNLs, DNPs and Nurse Executives, and Project Planning and Management: A Guide for Nurses and Interprofessional Teams. Cathy has been a longstanding member the College Research Council, the Alabama Higher Education Partnership, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Alabama Association of University Professors.

Karen H. Frith, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, CNE

Shawna Higgins

Karen H. Frith, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has been a nurse educator since 1992 and has an active program of research in the use of technology to improve health and educational outcomes. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the National League for Nursing. She serves as reviewer (of grants and articles) for Sigma Theta Tau; Health Resources and Services Administration, Journal of Nursing Administration, Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, Computers, Informatics, Nursing, Journal of Health & Medical Informatics, and Nurse Educator, among others. She has authored more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored two books: Distance Education in Nursing, Third Edition, and Applied Clinical Informatics for Nurses. She has contributed chapters to four other books and presents nationally. Her previous clinical positions experience is in cardiovascular surgical intensive care, coronary intensive care, and orthopedics. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC) and is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) by the National League for Nursing.

Kathy Gaberson, PhD, RN, CNOR, CNE, ANEF, 

Kathy Gaberson

Kathy Gaberson, Ph.D., RN, CNOR, CNE, ANEF has over 35 years of experience in nursing education as a faculty member and administrator in diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral programs. Her areas of teaching expertise are evaluation and testing, clinical teaching, and measurement issues in research. As the owner and principal nursing education consultant for OWK Consulting, she consults on program evaluation, nursing program accreditation, research instrument development, and writing for publication. She is the author or co-author of 11 nursing education books and numerous articles and book chapters. She presents continuing education and faculty development programs on nursing education topics, including test construction and clinical teaching and evaluation. She is certified in perioperative nursing and nursing education and is an inaugural Fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education. She has received a number of teaching awards as well as the Association for periOperative Nurses Award for Excellence, the Association’s highest honor. She currently is the Associate Editor for Research for the AORN Journal and serves on the Journal’s Editorial Board.

Shawna Higgins, PhD, RN, CHC

Shawna Higgins

Shawna Higgins, Ph.D., RN, CHC currently serves as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Chamberlain University in Las Vegas, NV. She has 22 years of nursing experience and education, serving in roles that include faculty, simulation/nursing skills lab manager, dean of nursing, and certified health coach. Shawna has served as a sub-committee member of the Arizona State Board of Nursing where she contributed to the writing of the Advisory Opinion on academic testing practices. Shawna has a strong background in curriculum writing, revision, and mapping; she has experience in regulatory and accreditation matters, program start-up, evaluation and improvement, and mentorship.

Rose McCloskey, PhD

Judy Pelletier  

Rose McCloskey, Phd is a nursing Professor in the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at University of New Brunswick (UNB) Canada.  Rose also serves as Deputy Convener in the university’s Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence for Systematic Reviews which develops and delivers unique evidence-based information, software, education, and training designed to improve healthcare practice and health outcomes. Additionally, Rose has certification in gerontological nursing from the Canadian Nurses Association.

Judy Pelletier, MSN, RN, CNE

Judy Pelletier Judy Pelletier, MSN, RN, CNE is a nurse educator and administrator with over 25 years of nursing and higher education experience. She is currently the Director of the Division of Nurse Education at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School. Judy is a National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator recognized in the advanced specialty role of an academic nurse educator. As the Nursing Education Coordinator for Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, Judy provided consultation to institutions seeking to establish nursing education programs and evaluated nurse licensure applicant compliance. Judy served on the National Council Licensure Exam Committee and the NCLEX® Item Review Subcommittee for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). She is a member of the PN Educators Council of the Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing and a member of the Massachusetts Action Coalition Nurse of the Future Core Competencies© committee. Judy has also been a longstanding member of the National League for Nursing, the American Nurses Association and has been active with The Nursing and Allied Health Initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Anne Wendt, RN, MSN, PhD, CAE, PMP

Anne Wendt Anne Wendt, RN, MSN, PhD, CAE, PMP is currently the CEO of Wendt Consulting LLC which provides education, research and psychometric services. Anne is an Executive Board Member for ISCOME who is committed to advancing communication science for healthcare professionals to enhance patient safety. She recently co-authored a textbook focused on evidence-based core communication competencies using case studies entitled, New Horizons in Patient Safety: Safe Communication that Dr. Patricia Benner has endorsed as presenting a new paradigm for the nursing profession. During her almost 20 years at The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Anne served as NCLEX Content Manager, Associate Director of Testing and Director of Testing where she introduced and developed the alternate item types, conducted research on next generation items to address higher levels of cognitive processing, developed the NCLEX-RN® and NCLEX-PN® Detailed Test Plans, and led research on other NCLEX initiatives. She developed workshops on curriculum mapping and understanding the NCLEX-RN® and NCLEX-PN® Examinations. Prior to achieving her PhD in Psychometrics (Measurement, Evaluation and Statistical Analysis), Anne was an Associate Professor at a BSN nursing program and an adjunct faculty member for a community college nursing and nursing assistant program. Anne worked as a home health and hospital nurse while achieving her Master's degree in Nursing and has enjoyed her experience working with all levels of healthcare workers.

Daniel Wilson

Daniel Wilson Daniel Wilson is a statistical associate at Mountain Measurement and has managed the production of the NCLEX® Program Reports since 2008. Daniel's areas of expertise include systems science, psychometrics, statistics, database design and administration, data visualization, and reporting. Daniel earned a certificate as a Credentialing Specialist and is the Chair for the Institute for Credentialing R & D Committee's Task Force on Small Program Issues.

For a complete Bio including a list of publications and presentations, see Daniel Wilson - Bio

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