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New Incentive for Nursing Schools to Enter the NCLEX-RN Competition

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New Incentive Offered to Nursing Schools Participating in the NCLEX-RN Competition sponsored by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, Khan Academy, and AACN

“How-to” Webinar Planned for January 6 featuring
Khan Academy Content Creator and Nurse Ryan Patton

NEW YORK, December 11, 2013 – The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, Khan Academy and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) are pleased to announce that a new incentive is now available to nursing schools with multiple students participating in the recently announced NCLEX-RN Competition.  Through this international initiative, nursing students and other healthcare professionals are encouraged to create innovative video tutorials and exercises related to content covered in the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). Winning tutorials will then be made available to students, clinicians, and the public for free through the Khan Academy website (see more details below).

As an incentive for schools to encourage robust student and faculty participation, the first 25 schools with 3 or more students and/or faculty entering the competition will receive a $200 gift card courtesy of the Jonas Center. Schools receiving this gift will receive recognition on the Khan Academy website once the NCLEX-RN competition winners have been announced.

“The Jonas Center is pleased to sponsor this competition, which celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of nursing students while showcasing new approaches of nursing education,” said Darlene Curley, Executive Director, Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. “We encourage all nursing schools to show their commitment to educating the next generation of health professionals by disseminating information about this competition to students and encouraging multiple entries from the same school.”

Schools wishing to receive the $200 incentive must notify program planners once three students and/or faculty have sent their video submissions to Khan Academy for consideration.  Please email the names of your school’s contestants to Dr. Karen Kesten at AACN, and a gift card will be emailed to you once the submissions have been verified. Only the first 25 schools requesting an award will be eligible to receive the incentive.

New How-To Webinar Scheduled for January 6, 2014

Students interested in participating in this competition are invited to register now for a free webinar titled Creating Engaging Khan Academy Tutorials: The Nuts and Bolts scheduled for January 6, 2014 from 2-3pm EST.  Find out how you can be part of this groundbreaking work with some insider advice from a nurse and past winner of a Khan Academy video competition, Ryan Patton. A graduate of the University of Arkansas College of Nursing, Ryan will show you some tips and tricks that he uses to make amazing videos and learning exercises. This webinar will also review some of the key fundamentals of content creation and showcase best practices. Ryan will be joined in this webinar by Dr. Rishi Desai, Medical Partnerships lead with Khan Academy. Find out just how easy it is for you to put your creative ideas into motion.

Those interested in participating in this free webinar are encouraged to sign up now at

About the NCLEX-RN Competition

Announced in October 2013, this competition was launched to spark innovation and enthusiasm around using technology to develop the next generation of health content. Those participating will create videos and questions on one of the following topics covered by specific NCLEX-RN© content areas, including:

- anaphylactic shock   - sickle-cell anemia   - bronchiolitis
- hypertension   - iron-deficiency anemia   - emphysema
- congestive heart failure   - asthma    
- stroke   - pneumonia




Khan Academy will identify winning submissions that demonstrate outstanding instruction. Winners will then be invited to further sharpen their technical skills by participating in an exclusive week-long training program in March 2014 with Khan Academy educators. These individuals may also be invited to become Khan Academy content creators. For more details on the NCLEX-RN Competition, see
Submissions will be accepted until winners are chosen or by January 17, 2014. Those with questions are encouraged to contact
To review an archived webinar presented by the Khan Academy on what is needed to participate in this competition, see


About the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, established in 2006 by Barbara and Donald Jonas, is dedicated to improving healthcare by advancing nursing scholarship, leadership and innovation. Its two main programs are the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, which aims to address the dire shortage of nursing faculty by preparing nurses with doctoral degrees to step into this critical role, and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, which seeks to improve the health of veterans by supporting doctoral-level nursing candidates committed to advancing veterans’ healthcare. These programs currently support more than 250 doctoral scholars nationwide.

About Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a 501(c) 3 non-profit with a mission of providing a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy provides free online educational materials (e.g., practice exercises, instructional videos, dashboard analytics, teacher tools) that support personalized education for users of all ages in a scalable way. In the last two years, the organization has delivered over 330 million lessons and 6 billion exercise problems. Currently, it has 10 million users per month and over 4 million exercise problems completed each day. Khan Academy covers subjects from basic Math to college level Biology and Art History.

About the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 740 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.


Robert Rosseter
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