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Julie E Twidwell, Kathie Records
Nursing programs reject qualified applicants due to limited clinical placements and faculty. By admitting the strongest candidates, schools of nursing will reduce attrition rates, increase NCLEX-RN pass rates, and speed the entry into practice of well-prepared nurses to help stem the nursing shortage. This integrative review identified the standardized admission exams most predictive of student success. Included were articles published between 2005 and 2016 that focused on admission criteria, RN programs, specific exams (e...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
L McGillis Hall, M Lalonde, J Kashin, C Yoo, J Moran
AIM: This study examines perceptions of the implementation of National Council Licensing Examination in Canada through a content analysis of articles in the media. BACKGROUND: Public opinions of nursing in the media have been acknowledged as important for the profession, specifically in relation to their portrayal of nursing. INTRODUCTION: The Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators began using the US-based National Council Licensing Examination as entry examination (also known widely as NCLEX) for Canada's registered nurses, discontinuing the previous Canadian Registered Nurse Examination in 2015...
March 15, 2017: International Nursing Review
Stephen Foreman
BACKGROUND: Nursing education programs in every state must meet specified NCLEX pass rate standards in order to maintain licensure and accreditation. These standards are a source of great anxiety for educators and students. There is wide variety of pass rate standards among the states. In addition, individual nursing program pass rates vary substantially from one year to the next. OBJECTIVES: Pass rate variation suggests the need for scrutiny of the accuracy of applying state pass rates as a standard for evaluating nursing education program...
March 1, 2017: Nurse Education Today
Brenna L Quinn, Anya Peters
BACKGROUND: Nursing students are plagued by test anxiety. Chronic stress, heavy academic workloads, and rigorous progression standards are antecedents of test anxiety in nursing students. The purpose of this article is to identify helpful interventions to decrease test anxiety in prelicensure nursing students. METHOD: This systematic review was completed using the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis) guidelines. Four electronic databases were searched using the terms nurs*, anxiety, test, NCLEX, strategies, and exam*...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Nursing Education
Michael R Bleich
The visionary, think-ahead leader realizes a responsibility to ensure that a steady pipeline of qualified professionals exists. In the settings where they lead, academic partnerships can ensure that students are socialized and adequately prepared for existing and emerging job roles. Concept-based learning, NCLEX-RN test plans, and 12 strategies to ensure leader-clinician engagement with students are presented. J Contin Educ Nurs. 2017;48(3):99-101.
March 1, 2017: Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Jenn Salfi, Barry Carbol
The NCLEX-RN® was adopted by Canadian regulators in 2011 as the test which entry-level nurses must pass in order to be certified to practice. As part of their justification for adopting the exam, the Canadian regulators pointed to two studies conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). These studies aimed to determine the applicability of the NCLEX-RN® test plan to the Canadian testing population (NCSBN, 2014),with the NCLEX-RN® providing "a fair, valid, and psychometrically sound measurement" of nursing competencies of entry-level RNs in Ontario, Canada (NCSBN, 2012 , p...
January 31, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
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.
May 2017: 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
Kimberly Hanna, Toni Roberts, Shelia Hurley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: Nurse Educator
Cheryl L Mee, Virginia J Hallenbeck
Nursing faculty frequently utilize or consider the use of nationally standardized tests to evaluate nursing student performance and their potential to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)(©) after graduation. There is little literature available to advise and guide nursing faculty in criteria to consider when selecting a standardized testing company to assess student readiness for NCLEX. The intent of this article is to share criteria to consider when evaluating a standardized test or testing program that has been gathered through an informal survey of faculty who are currently using standardized tests...
November 2015: Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Susan Craig Schulmerich, Teresa V Hurley
UNLABELLED: The international nursing shortage has increased recruitment of students, who may be under or unprepared, into higher education institutions (college or university). BACKGROUND: The global economic downturn and the movement toward standardizing nursing education and practice regulations has encouraged higher education to recruit and retain aspiring nursing students. However, deficiencies in mathematics and English have been linked to disappointing results with economic consequences...
October 2015: Contemporary Nurse
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