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White Paper: A Three-Tiered, Blended Approach to Improving First-Time Test-Taker Pass Rates on the NCLEX-RN® Exam

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White Paper: A Three-Tiered, Blended Approach to Improving First-Time Test-Taker Pass Rates on the NCLEX-RN® Exam 

Deborah E. Jones, PhD, RN, CNE; and Donna Pendergraft, MSN, RN

Graduates of approved nursing programs must be able to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) in order to gain employment as a practicing nurse. Because schools of nursing are regulated by their State Board of Nursing, the first-time test taker's pass rate is used as a measure of program integrity and can potentially call into question the program's viability and sustainability. Furthermore, the NCLEX-RN® pass rate is viewed as an outward measure of the nursing program quality (Giddens, 2009). As a result, nursing programs must be proactive in preparing their graduates to pass the NCLEX-RN® on the first attempt.

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