NCLEX to be scrapped???

  1. Hi all,

    I'm new to this so please bear with me, but a friend of a friend of a friend (we're real close!) has told me that the US & Canada are planning to scrap the NCLEX in June of this year. I can't see this happening, but wondered if anybody else had heard the same or something that makes more sense.

    Thanks

    Tom
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Welcome.

    I haven't heard that. In fact I've heard they are going to raise the standards of NCLEX making it harder to pass. Perhaps this is what you've heard.
  4. by   shock-me-sane
    My understanding is that every few years they redo the whole test, in essence updating it.
  5. by   Texas Tom
    That's what I thought, but my friend of a friend ..... was adamant - I'm trying to get the magazine article that she read.

    Thanks though.
  6. by   suzanne4
    NCLEX exam is only used for the US, Canada has its own exam. And neither one are being done away with.
  7. by   Curious1alwys
    Well, we have confirmation here in Az that NCLEX IS raising their standards effective April of this year. I graduate in May! Grrrr.....:stone
  8. by   Lacie
    Many states are considering raising the standards/difficulty of the testing, but doing away? Doubt we'll see that in our lifetimes.
  9. by   clee1
    Quote from Texas Tom
    ...are planning to scrap the NCLEX in June of this year.
    Don't hold your breath.
  10. by   LadyNASDAQ
    I think that the test is meaningless anyway. All the material is in the courses you take. Why test and retest? Just more revenue anyways. Even if you pass, this doesn't ,make you a better or worse Nurse. Experience is what helps you out along with preceptorship.
  11. by   clee1
    Quote from LadyNASDAQ
    I think that the test is meaningless anyway. All the material is in the courses you take. Why test and retest? Just more revenue anyways. Even if you pass, this doesn't ,make you a better or worse Nurse. Experience is what helps you out along with preceptorship.
    I wouldn't necessarily say meaningless, but you are correct that it is all about the revenue for many states.

    Same test, but some states only charge $50 for it and some are over $200. That's why you'll never see a "national" license: some states will never willingly relinquish this tax/fee base.
  12. by   suzanne4
    Quote from thrashej
    Well, we have confirmation here in Az that NCLEX IS raising their standards effective April of this year. I graduate in May! Grrrr.....:stone
    Arizona is not raising its standards, the exam is a national exam and all standards are being raised

    When you write the exam, the test does not know which state that you are writing it for.
  13. by   suzanne4
    Quote from Lacie
    Many states are considering raising the standards/difficulty of the testing, but doing away? Doubt we'll see that in our lifetimes.

    It is a natioanl exam; what happens for one state, happens to all.

    It is not state specific.
  14. by   TazziRN
    If there was no exam, there would be no licenses. Licensure in any profession is granted only after passing an exam. If the boards were done away with for nurses, then doctors, attornies, and all other licensed professions would have to do away with theirs. The exam is an objective way to ensure that those who apply for a license are worthy of being granted one. Yes, I know there are doctors and nurses who have no business being licensed, but those numbers would be frighteningly higher without exams.

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