The National Council Licesure Examination for Registered Nurses

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The ultimate goal for many that attend nursing school is to sit for the NCLEX-RN, or National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. This exam is taken once a students graduates from an accredited nursing school and wants to become licensed as a registered nurse. Often schools use other tests during their programs as a predictor of student pass rates on the NCLEX-RN exam. The article “A Study of the Usefulness of the HESI Exit Exam in Predicting NCLEX-RN Failure,” the authors perform a study using a “retrospective descriptive, correlation design. Logistic regression analysis was used to predict NCLEX-RN failure from Exit Exam scores.” The research was trying to “investigate the reasons for the disparity between our actual NCLEX-RN pass rate and the rate we expected based on our students Exit Exam scores.” The survey of data was gathered from previous students who attended a “large, single-purpose college of nursing in a large midwestern town,” from January 2004 to July 2005. These students had all taken the Health Education Systems, Inc. test (HESI) before finishing the nursing program, and prior to their NCLEX-RN exam. The HESI was used to predetermine the students pass rates of the NCLEX-RN. No demographic information was used in the data collection. The data was collected using a few different methods. The fist method was information gathered from a quarterly statement that was sent out by the states board of nursing. This information

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