This Box is
A Game Changer
For Nurse Educators

Intellistem Writer Box Edition

Writing Nursing Exam Questions
Aligned to National Standards

Just Got Easier & Faster

Meeting accreditation standards is vital and demands attention to assessment techniques. But writing exams aligned to standards has always been a time-consuming process until now.

Intellistem Writer® Box Edition and Intellistem Writer® are developed by nurse educators for nurse educators to solve this problem.

It normally takes 45 minutes to an hour to write a good question from scratch. Using the Intellistem Writer, you will be able to write a brand new, educationally-sound, standards-aligned question in about 15 – 20 minutes that meets assessment requirements and national standards.

Intellistem Writer Box Edition

What’s in our black box?

The Intellistem Writer Box Edition® includes over 800 cards organized and color coded by nursing process. Each card has a question stem on the front and the stem’s alignment to the national standards and cognitive level on the back.

Each box includes:

800+ cards organized and color-coded by steps in the nursing process.

An instruction card with question development tips.

Each card contains:

A starter stem (front side), which has a modifiable client situation/scenario description.

The corresponding national standards alignment (back side) and include:

Intellistem Writer Box Edition
  • NCLEX Client Needs

  • NLN End of Program Competencies

  • Nursing Process

  • AACN Essentials

  • QSEN Competencies

  • Cognitive Level

    96% of the stems are at the application level or higher.

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6 Ways
Intellistem Writer®
Will Benefit You

Aligns questions to national standards every time

Every question you develop will be aligned to the national standards and cognitive level as indicated on the back of the card. If you place that information on your answer key, you’ll have a running list of accreditation standards competencies. This makes it easy to demonstrate alignment to accrediting organizations.

Improves your
NCLEX pass rates

The starter stems make it simple to create higher-level exam questions. More advanced questions better prepare your students to take the NCLEX exam.

Solves the
commercial test bank cheating problem

Since students can find answers to questions from commercial test banks online, cheating is a huge problem. Using the Intellistem Writer Box Edition provides you a way to develop new and undiscovered questions with ease.

Saves time

Intellistem Writer Box Edition reduces the time needed to write new exams from scratch by up to 75%. You can even use these stems to revise existing questions to save more time. What could you accomplish with all the time you saved?

Reduce Exam
Development Costs

Try our calculator to the savings for just one instructor.

Think how the savings will multiply when several instructors use the Intellistem Writer system.

Simplifies
question
development

It’s simple to develop multiple choice or multiple select questions (all that apply) with the Intellistem Writer® Box Edition.

Just follow a few steps.

Question Development Process
STEP 1

Select a topic from your test blueprint.

Question Development Process
STEP 2
Intellistem Writer Box Cards

With the nursing process and topic in mind,
select a stem from the box of cards.

Question Development Process
STEP 3

Review the national standard associated with the stem on the back of the card.

Intellistem Writer Analysis Card Back Example
Question Development Process
STEP 4
Intellistem Writer Implementation Card Front Example

Add a client situation or description to the stem by changing the colored text. The black text is the question or problem the student must answer or solve.

EXAMPLE: The client with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is experiencing heartburn, eructation, and feeling of flatulence. In addition to taking his medications, what advice would it be most appropriate for the nurse to provide?

Question Development Process
STEP 5

POTENTIAL ANSWERS

a. Encourage the client to eat three large meals daily.

b. Ensure the client knows to always lie flat at night.

c. Provide directions on how to reduce intake of foods that contain caffeine.

d. Tell the client to each a heavy snack before going to bed to reduce the gastric acid.

ANSWER

c. p. 189 Cooper, K., Gosnell, K. (082014). Adult Health Nursing, 7th Edition [VitalSource Bookshelf version]. Retrieved from https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/
books/9780323100021

RATIONALES

a. Wrong Answer
Eating large meals causes an increase in gastric acids. Encourage the client to eat six small meals a day.

b. Wrong Answer
Lying flat can cause an increase in gastric acid reflex. Have the client sleep with the head of the bed evaluated at least 6-8 inches.

c. Right Answer
Client should be encouraged to reduce intake of chocolate, tea, and other foods and beverages that contain caffeine. This will reduce gastric acid formation.

d. Wrong Answer
Clients should not each after 2-3 hour before bedtime. Having a heavy snack before going to bed to increase the chances the gastric acid reflux.

Write your answer(s),
believable distractors and their
corresponding rationales.

Question Development Process
STEP 6

Record the standards and cognitive level in your answer key.

Intellistem Writer Implementation Card Back Example
Question Development Process
STEP 7

Record the card ID if you want to reference the stem source later. (Optional)

Intellistem Writer Implementation Card Front Example
Simplifies
question
development

It’s simple to develop multiple choice or multiple select questions (all that apply) with the Intellistem Writer™ Box Edition.

Just follow a few steps.

Question Development Process
STEP 1

Select a topic from your test blueprint.

Question Development Process
STEP 2
Intellistem Writer Box Cards

With the nursing process and topic in mind, select a stem from the box of cards.

Question Development Process
STEP 3
Intellistem Writer Analysis Card Back Example

Review the national standard associated with the stem on the back of the card.

Question Development Process
STEP 4
Intellistem Writer Implementation Card Front Example

Add a client situation or description to the stem by changing the colored text. The black text is the question or problem the student must answer or solve.

EXAMPLE: The client with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is experiencing heartburn, eructation, and feeling of flatulence. In addition to taking his medications, what advice would it be most appropriate for the nurse to provide?

Question Development Process
STEP 5

Write your answer(s),
believable distractors and their
corresponding rationales.

POTENTIAL ANSWERS

a. Encourage the client to eat three large meals daily.

b. Ensure the client knows to always lie flat at night.

c. Provide directions on how to reduce intake of foods that contain caffeine.

d. Tell the client to each a heavy snack before going to bed to reduce the gastric acid.

ANSWER

c. p. 189 Cooper, K., Gosnell, K. (082014). Adult Health Nursing, 7th Edition [VitalSource Bookshelf version]. Retrieved from https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/
books/9780323100021

RATIONALES

a. Wrong Answer
Eating large meals causes an increase in gastric acids. Encourage the client to eat six small meals a day.

b. Wrong Answer
Lying flat can cause an increase in gastric acid reflex. Have the client sleep with the head of the bed evaluated at least 6-8 inches.

c. Right Answer
Client should be encouraged to reduce intake of chocolate, tea, and other foods and beverages that contain caffeine. This will reduce gastric acid formation.

d. Wrong Answer
Clients should not each after 2-3 hour before bedtime. Having a heavy snack before going to bed to increase the chances the gastric acid reflux.

Question Development Process
STEP 6
Intellistem Writer Implementation Card Back Example

Record the standards and cognitive level in your answer key.

Question Development Process
STEP 7
Intellistem Writer Implementation Card Front Example

Record the card ID if you want to reference the stem source later. (Optional)

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Once these steps are complete, you’ll have developed a question aligned to established standards with answer(s) and believable distractors. Repeat the steps, and in no time at all, you will have created an entire exam. Because you’ve documented standards alignment, you’ll be in good shape for your next accreditation visit.

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