The NCLEX is an entry-to-practice examination developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). It is the primary licensure examination used by boards of nursing in all fifty states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories, thus making the NCLEX an important instrument in nursing regulation and public protection in this country. To ensure that the NCLEX assesses all relevant aspects of entry-level nursing practice, NCSBN is conducting research on nursing clinical judgment and its possible inclusion on the future NCLEX. In addition to their utility in competency assessment, clinical judgment models incorporated with an innovative academic approach in nursing education can be a viable method to ensure public protection by enhancing quality of care and improving patient safety. The speaker of this session is a nursing educator who serves as president of a U.S. state board of nursing and member of the NCSBN examination oversight committee. From his unique perspectives, the speaker will discuss the importance of nursing clinical judgment skills in improving nursing education and its impact on patient safety. He will also highlight practice aspects with the greatest need of improved clinical judgment.