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Susan G Lown, Lee Ann Hawkins
Improving NCLEX-RN® pass rates remains a priority for nursing programs. Many programs collect learning style inventory data, yet few studies have looked at relationships between these data and NCLEX-RN pass/fail rates. Learning style preferences (visual, auditory, tactile, individual, group) and NCLEX pass/fail results were examined for 532 undergraduates in a Midwestern university. A significant correlation between preference for group learning and failure of the NCLEX was found (χ = 5.99, P = .05).
November 1, 2016: Nurse Educator
Oscar Wambuguh, Monika Eckfield, Lynn Van Hofwegen
Baccalaureate nursing programs select students likely to graduate, become licensed, and contribute to a diverse workforce, and admissions criteria need to support those goals. This study assessed five criteria: pre-admit science GPA; TEAS score; healthcare experience; previous baccalaureate degree; and pre-admission university enrollment vs. college transfer as predictors of three desired outcomes: graduation; nursing program GPA; and passing NCLEX-RN. Results found TEAS and pre-admit science GPA predicted nursing program outcomes...
September 20, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Elizabeth Fiske
Despite program completion, not all graduates are successful on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Contemplative practices such as meditation and guided imagery were added to an NCLEX-RN preparatory course. The difference between self-efficacy scores at the beginning and end of the course was statistically significant. Students reported that the contemplative activities were beneficial, and they would use these activities again in the future.
October 4, 2016: Nurse Educator
Derek Sellman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Nursing Philosophy: An International Journal for Healthcare Professionals
Linda McGillis Hall, Michelle Lalonde, Jordana Kashin
BACKGROUND: Canada's nurse regulators adopted the NCLEX as the entry-to-practice licensing exam for Canada's registered nurses effective January 2015. It is important to determine whether any issues from this change emerged for nursing students in preparing for and taking this new exam. OBJECTIVES: To explore the experiences of Canadian graduate student nurses who were the first to write the NCLEX examination for entry to practice in Canada, determine whether any issues with implementation were identified and how these could be addressed...
November 2016: Nurse Education Today
Hsiu-Chin Chen, Sean Bennett
BACKGROUND: Little evidence shows the use of decision-tree algorithms in identifying predictors and analyzing their associations with pass rates for the NCLEX-RN(®) in associate degree nursing students. This longitudinal and retrospective cohort study investigated whether a decision-tree algorithm could be used to develop an accurate prediction model for the students' passing or failing the NCLEX-RN. METHOD: This study used archived data from 453 associate degree nursing students in a selected program...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Nursing Education
Laura Pruitt Walker
BACKGROUND: Nursing student success and retention is in the forefront of educators' minds as we continue to face a projected nursing shortage. The key to combating the nursing shortage lies with our ability to successfully transition the student from nursing school and NCLEX-RN(®) to professional practice. METHOD: A quantitative research project using the one group pre- and posttest design is presented. RESULTS: The research demonstrated that students' perceived stress levels decreased and self-efficacy increased following the success strategies improvement course...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Nursing Education
Ted A Murray, David C Pole, Erica M Ciarlo, Shearon Holmes
AIM: The purpose of this article is to describe a collaborative project designed to recruit and retain students from underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged backgrounds into nursing education. BACKGROUND: Ethnic minorities remain underrepresented in the nursing workforce in comparison to the general population. The numbers of minorities enrolled in nursing education programs are insufficient to meet the health care workforce diversity needs of the future. METHOD: High school students were provided with a preprofessional education program to prepare them for admission into a nursing program...
May 2016: Nursing Education Perspectives
Allison Squires, Melissa T Ojemeni, Simon Jones
BACKGROUND: No study has examined the longitudinal trends in National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) applicants and pass rates among internationally-educated nurses (IENs) seeking to work in the United States, nor has any analysis explored the impact of specific events on these trends, including changes to the NCLEX-RN exam, the role of the economic crisis, or the passing of the WHO Code on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. This study seeks to understand the impact of the three aforementioned factors that may be influencing current and future IEN recruitment patterns in the United States...
2016: Human Resources for Health
Sheila Anne Doggrell, Sally Schaffer
BACKGROUND: There is a comprehensive literature on the academic outcomes (attrition and success) of students in traditional/baccalaureate nursing programs, but much less is known about the academic outcomes of students in accelerated nursing programs. The aim of this systematic review is to report on the attrition and success rates (either internal examination or NCLEX-RN) of accelerated students, compared to traditional students. METHODS: For the systematic review, the databases (Pubmed, Cinahl and PsychINFO) and Google Scholar were searched using the search terms 'accelerated' or 'accreditation for prior learning', 'fast-track' or 'top up' and 'nursing' with 'attrition' or 'retention' or 'withdrawal' or 'success' from 1994 to January 2016...
2016: BMC Nursing
Lisabeth Meade Searing, Wendy Carter Kooken
BACKGROUND: Critical thinking is the foundation for nurses' decision making. One school of nursing used the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI) to document improvement in critical thinking dispositions. METHOD: A retrospective study of 96 nursing students' records examined the relationships between the CCTDI and learning outcomes. Correlational statistics assessed relationships between CCTDI scores and cumulative grade point averages (GPA) and scores on two Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) examinations...
April 2016: Journal of Nursing Education
Susan Pennell-Sebekos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2015: Canadian Nurse
Jinyuan Tao, Glenda Gunter, Ming-Hsiu Tsai, Dan Lim
Recently, the many robust learning management systems, and the availability of affordable laptops, have made secure laptop-based testing a reality on many campuses. The undergraduate nursing program at the authors' university began to implement a secure laptop-based testing program in 2009, which allowed students to use their newly purchased laptops to take quizzes and tests securely in classrooms. After nearly 5 years' secure laptop-based testing program implementation, a formative evaluation, using a mixed method that has both descriptive and correlational data elements, was conducted to seek constructive feedback from students to improve the program...
January 2016: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
Patricia A Cowan, Y'Esha Weeks, Mona Newsome Wicks
BACKGROUND: Diverse health care workers are essential to meet the needs of a diverse U.S. POPULATION: Ethnic minorities and men are frequently underrepresented in the nursing profession and within schools of nursing. Although many nursing schools have implemented programs to improve retention and academic success of these students, the lack of success is, in part, a reflection of program ineffectiveness. METHOD: A nursing college developed the multifaceted SUSTAIN (Scholarships for Underrepresented Students in an Accelerated Initial Nursing) program to promote ethnic minority and male students' success in an accelerated entry-level master of nursing program...
September 2015: Journal of Nursing Education
Mary-Elizabeth Sosa, Kristen A Sethares
AIM: To evaluate the current utilization of the Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) examinations in nursing education. BACKGROUND: HESI exam results are frequently predictive of NCLEX-RN results in nursing education. METHOD: The integrative review method of Whittemore and Knafl was used to search and evaluate the existing evidence to answer the following research questions: a) What is the current utilization of the HESI examinations in baccalaureate nursing education? b) What is the evidence supporting or contraindicating their use in nursing education? c) What is known regarding outcomes related to their use? RESULTS: There is a wide variation in the use and outcomes of HESI exams in baccalaureate nursing education...
July 2015: Nursing Education Perspectives
Ning Li, Bin Li, Juanhua Dou, Xueliang Wang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2015: Iranian Journal of Public Health
Barbara B Blozen
There are a number of anecdotal reports on demographic characteristics and academic success of accelerated-nursing students; yet few empirical studies have examined accelerated-nursing students NCLEX-RN success. Applying Knowles' adult learning theory as a guiding framework, the purpose of this qualitative study was to explore, from the accelerated-nursing students' perspective, the factors reported as contributing to their success on the NCLEX-RN. The research questions aimed to elicit participants' descriptions of their experiences and factors contributing to their success via individual interviews...
2014: Journal of the New York State Nurses' Association
Betty L Elder, Phyllis Jacobs, Yvonne J Fast
This study evaluated a program to identify and support students at risk for failure in nursing courses or NCLEX-RN. A case management model (CMM) was implemented to provide assessment of and support for 183 bachelor of science in nursing students; 83 were identified as at risk by the CMM criteria. The CMM involved student self-evaluation and grade assessment of prerequisite and nursing courses. Science course grades were all found to be significantly higher for those students who passed NCLEX-RN on the first attempt than those who did not...
May 2015: Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Rebecca A Cox-Davenport, Julia C Phelan
First-time NCLEX-RN pass rates are an important indicator of nursing school success and quality. Nursing schools use different methods to anticipate NCLEX outcomes and help prevent student failure and possible threat to accreditation. This study evaluated the impact of a shift in NCLEX preparation policy at a BSN program in the southeast United States. The policy shifted from the use of predictor score thresholds to determine graduation eligibility to a more proactive remediation strategy involving adaptive quizzing...
May 2015: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
Karen Stonecypher, Anne Young, Rae Langford, Lene Symes, Pamela Willson
Nursing schools use standardized exit examinations to determine student readiness for the NCLEX-RN. Yet little is known about how nursing programs develop policies for using the examinations, set benchmarks scores, and implement remediation strategies with their students. In a phenomenological study, faculty identified a testing policy process that fell into the major themes of triggers for change, policy modification, and reactions to change.
July 2015: Nurse Educator
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