Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Launches Interactive Testing Programs for Nursing Students

New Prep-U Programs Personalize Learning and Prepare Students for National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®)

Sep 30, 2010, 09:30 ET from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, today launched two interactive testing programs powered by Prep-U for nursing students that revolutionize how students learn and prepare for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The programs, Prep-U for Smeltzer, 12th Edition, derived from Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, and Prep-U for NCLEX-RN, personalize the learning experience for the nursing student.  Using the acclaimed Prep-U testing platform, these new programs allow students to progress at their own pace and receive formative feedback to foster true learning. Both new programs are being demonstrated this week at the National League of Nursing (NLN) Education Summit in Las Vegas.

The Prep-U platform is based on an adaptive quizzing engine that can be personalized for individual nursing students as well as entire classes.  Prep-U also offers educators real-time analysis at the class and individual student levels.  Research has shown that students who take practice quizzes like those on Prep-U do better on exams, and LWW's system has been specially designed to help nursing students succeed. For example, a 2007 study found that when given the opportunity to take online quizzes, students who did not use the online quizzes did significantly worse on the summative exam than those who took at least one quiz (Kibble, 2007).

"Nursing education has never been more important as nurses prepare to take on expanded roles that come with healthcare reform," said Reid Sherline, vice president, Publishing, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. "Our new programs for Prep-U are designed to help nursing students maximize their own personal learning experiences.  We are starting Prep U with Smeltzer 12th Edition and NCLEX-RN, and will be rolling out additional Prep-U nursing courses in the coming months."

Prep-U for Smeltzer 12th Edition questions are specifically designed to mimic the style of the NCLEX, and when students answer questions incorrectly, they receive not only the correct answer, but a "rationale" explaining the correct answer and reasons for why each other choice was incorrect. Prep-U for NCLEX-RN includes all of the features and questions from the Smeltzer program but is specifically geared as a preparation product for the NCLEX exam. Students using this program gain access to thousands of questions organized by 29 core nursing topics or by the NCLEX "Client Needs" category.

To learn more about Lippincott Williams & Wilkins' Prep-U for Smeltzer 12th Edition, Prep-U for NCLEX-RN, and upcoming Prep-U releases for additional nursing courses, contact Robert Dekker at

About Prep-U

Built by educators, Prep-U is a powerful quizzing engine that bridges the gap between what students know and what they don't know. Prep-U focuses study time with personalized, adaptive quizzes that move students toward a better grasp of the material—and better grades. For instructors, Prep-U makes it easy to track the progress of each student and the class as a whole. Instructors can even compare their class's individual and overall scores to those of classes that are using Prep-U for the same course across the country. Prep-U is part of Macmillan New Ventures, a division of Macmillan, a leading global publisher in education.  For more information, please visit

About Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is a leading international publisher for healthcare professionals and students with nearly 300 periodicals and 1,500 books in more than 100 disciplines publishing under the LWW brand, as well as content-based sites and online corporate and customer services.

LWW is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. Major brands include traditional publishers of medical and drug reference tools and textbooks, such as Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Facts & Comparisons®; and electronic information providers, such as Ovid®, UpToDate®, Medi-Span® and ProVation® Medical.

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