Education Doctorate

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Frederickson, Joel

Second Reader

Diane Dahl

Third Reader

Connie Clark


The ultimate goal of nursing education is to prepare graduates to provide excellent, safe patient care. The implementation of exam item best practices can significantly contribute to this process. This study examined nursing faculty’s use of best practices for exam item creation, analysis, and revision and best practice barriers and facilitators. Through a quantitative, cross-sectional, descriptive correlational research study, the research demonstrated that faculty inconsistently use exam item best practices. Faculty research participants identified ways to enhance the use of best practices and suggestions to nursing leadership were developed based on the data. With faculty development and an outlined support system in place, faculty will be more equipped to implement exam item best practices and contribute to the goal of well-prepared graduates.

Degree Name

Education Doctorate

Document Type

Doctoral dissertation