About the Author
Barbara J. Irwin, BSN, RN
is National Curriculum Director for Nursing programs at Kaplan, Inc. She supervises development of the Kaplan courses for preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam, as well as integrated testing programs implemented by nursing schools. While tutoring students that had been unsuccessful on the NCLEX-RN exam, Irwin developed a series of innovative test-taking strategies that help students achieve success. She presents Strategy Seminars and Test-Taking Seminars for the NCLEX-RN to nursing school faculties and students nationwide. Irwin received her BS in nursing from the University of Oklahoma. Her professional background includes experience as a nursing educator and director of a home health agency.
Judith A. Burckhardt, PhD, RN is Executive Director, Nursing for Kaplan, Inc. After graduating from Loyola University in Chicago with a BS in nursing, she received a master’s in education from Washington University and a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her professional background includes many years of experience as an educator in diploma, ADN., and BSN nursing programs. She has developed programs and materials to help prepare students for the NCLEX-RN and has presented seminars for preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam and career development seminars to students, nurses, and health care professionals in the United States and abroad. Burckhardt has also given item-writing workshops to nursing school faculties.
Patricia A. Yock, BSN, RN, CRRN is the former Director of the Practical Nursing Program at Front Range Community College, Boulder County Campus, Colorado, and continues as a consultant with the Nursing Program. She received a bachelor of science in nursing from Loyola University in Chicago. Her professional experience includes clinical nursing in varied settings from post-surgical care to comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation, and nursing education in diploma and practical nursing programs. Yock is certified in rehabilitation nursing and served as the nursing director for inpatient rehabilitation and transitional care units.
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