Faculty Tips and Tricks - Unbound Scenarios

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Tips, Tricks, & Frequently Asked Questions- Faculty Edition

Below you will find useful tips and tools to help guide you through utilizing Unbound Scenarios. If you have other questions or need assistance, do not hesitate to reach us at ubs@unboundmedicine.com.

1. What types of NGN questions are included? Are bowtie and trend questions included?

All NGN question types that are part of the current test plan are included: Extended Multiple Response, Extended Drag & Drop, Cloze/Drop Down, Enhanced Hot Spot, and Matrix/Grid. Special research questions (Bowtie and Trend) will be included in future iterations.[1]

2. Am I able to modify the scenarios?

Not at this time. Unbound Scenarios were created in collaboration with nurse educators to provide a guided journey to help teach clinical judgment. With formative learning activities, links to knowledge in Nursing Central, and summative NGN-style questions, Unbound Scenarios are carefully formulated to help students think as a nurse.

3. Can a student change their answer to a question or activity once they’ve progressed to the next section?

No, a student cannot change an answer or response once it has been submitted. They can only review what they have submitted so far. The questions are designed to help students use their clinical judgment, and think through the answer. The subsequent activities and questions reference previous correct answers to help the students put the whole picture together. Therefore, a student might be tempted to go back and change their answer, which does not give a true representation of the way they understand the content. However, they can revisit linked activities and resources again, even after progressing through the section.

4. If a student starts a scenario, closes it, and returns, will they still be able to complete the scenario?

Yes, if a student hasn’t completed a scenario the next time they return to that scenario they will be taken immediately into the next incomplete activity. They will still have the opportunity to review previously submitted responses but they will not be able to change their responses.

5. Can I or a student reset a scenario?

Only faculty members will be given the opportunity to reset their account during the pilot program. We would appreciate feedback during the pilot regarding the resetting of scenarios.

6. How much time will it take students to complete a scenario?

The amount of time spent working through a single scenario will vary greatly depending on the method of curriculum implementation. For example, scenarios assigned as group work or used for a classroom activity will generally take longer than one assigned for independent study.

We would appreciate feedback on the scenario length in our post-pilot survey.

7. Do students need to be connected to wifi to use the product?

Yes, to use Unbound Scenarios you must be connected to the internet. However, core Nursing Central resources such as Davis’s Drug Guide and Taber’s Medical Dictionary do not require a wifi connection.

8. How do students submit scenarios?

At the conclusion of the scenario, students will see their responses in Answer View. In the upper right hand corner of the application screen they will have the option to export their answers as a PDF. The PDF results can then be uploaded to your institution’s learning management system (LMS).

9. Are faculty and/or students required to complete the feedback survey at the conclusion of the pilot?

While completing the feedback survey is not required, your insights are incredibly valuable to Unbound Medicine and Unbound Scenarios as we continue to improve and develop the program.

10. Are you looking for more educators to join this community?

We are always looking for more educators to join our nurse educator community. Please let us know how you would like to be involved by filling out this brief form.

Our Unbound Scenarios team will be in touch with you shortly to get you involved.


  1. Ncsbn.org. National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Spring 2021, https://ncsbn.org/public-files/NGN_Spring21_Eng.pdf.
Last updated: March 9, 2023