The NCSBN Board of Directors voted to raise the passing standard for NCLEX-RN exam - page 2

12/11/2006: the ncsbn board of directors voted to raise the passing standard for the nclex-rn examination... Read More

  1. by   smkiya
    A previous poster stated that they raise the minimum standard every few years... My question is whether any RN's who were new grads at the time of the last change noticed a decrease in their school's pass rate when the change took effect....
  2. by   NRSKarenRN
    When looking at PA SBON passing scores, they did drop 3 yrs ago and have slowly risen.
  3. by   crb613
    Quote from smkiya
    A previous poster stated that they raise the minimum standard every few years... My question is whether any RN's who were new grads at the time of the last change noticed a decrease in their school's pass rate when the change took effect....
    I am a new grad May '06. My schools pass rate was 100% for app. the past 4-5 yrs. The '06 pass rate was 99%.
  4. by   Sheri257
    I found these nationwide NCLEX pass rates and they do seem to dip every couple of years or so but, come back up again.

    2006 88.7%
    2005 87.3%
    2004 85.3%
    2003 87.0%
    2002 85%
    2001 85.5%
    2000 83.8%
    1999 84.8%
    1998 84.6%
    1997 86.7%
    1996 85.9%
    1995 88.7%

    :typing
  5. by   MissPiggy
    Has anyone considered that we have a nursing shortage and this will make it even worse?
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    Looking at the past 10 years scores, pass rate 84% to 88%, change will not have significant effect.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Feb 7, '07
  7. by   ohrn001
    Quote from MissPiggy
    Has anyone considered that we have a nursing shortage and this will make it even worse?
    Are you saying that if we have a lot of substandard nurses we will be better off?
  8. by   munchkins
    Hi Folks what is the passing standard now?? I am about ot graduate in May 07..
  9. by   Jennella
    There are many who have the ability to apply book smarts and pass anything but lack common sense. Then there are those with compassion, common sense but test anxiety. Hopefully N-CLEX will eventually find a way to test to get the best nurses.
  10. by   Danish
    I understand that raising the standards always sounds great, but my concern is that this may discourage future nursing students from attempting to apply to nursing school.

    I completed all of my gen ed courses (including Bachelors level exit requirements) and prereqs for BSN (A&P I & II, Nutrition, Lifespan, Chemistry, Organic Chem, Statistics, Algebra, etc.) and have a 3.86 GPA and STILL was told that it would be 3 years (9 semesters) before I would be able to enter the nursing program here in the Tampa area. I finally gave up and started an overpriced LPN program at a private school/Business just to get my foot in the door. I am a married mother of 2 and could not wait any longer to START my education. I know first hand of 2 other students who have given up on nursing and moved on to another career field due to the lack of instructors and programs available here in Florida.

    We all know that the nursing shortage is going to get worse and the need for qualified nurses is going to grow exponentionally. That being said, leaving the boards as they are is not going to lower tha standards, only keep them as they are. I think we have other issues that the boards of nursing and nursing associations need to address before we hike up the requirements that are already difficult to reach.
  11. by   woodwar
    Quote from llg
    Thanks for passing this along, Karen.
    hi fellow nurses! im about to take the nclex exam, how much s the new passing rate?
  12. by   bellcollector
    So by the standard of those that think it is good to have the test harder to pass that would indicate that the nurses already practicing are not competent. I wonder with a brief refresher how many RN's that have been practicing for years could pass the new NCLEX. Personally I don't think the NCLEX or any test proves competency. Most anybody can study the correct stuff long enough and pass a test but how many can work the floor and SHOW competency? I have worked with some absolutely awesome nurses but then I have worked with some nurses that have no business being anywhere near pt's. We need some way of testing that, how they will be on the floor in action. I think the new measures with the nclex are just another way of weeding out what could actually be excellent floor nurses that happen to have test taking anxiety. JMO
  13. by   Sheri257
    Quote from bellcollector
    Personally I don't think the NCLEX or any test proves competency. Most anybody can study the correct stuff long enough and pass a test but how many can work the floor and SHOW competency? I have worked with some absolutely awesome nurses but then I have worked with some nurses that have no business being anywhere near pt's. We need some way of testing that, how they will be on the floor in action. I think the new measures with the nclex are just another way of weeding out what could actually be excellent floor nurses that happen to have test taking anxiety. JMO
    Just about every health profession has a licensing exam. So ... by the same token, should we allow doctors to practice medicine without taking a licensing exam?

    I always read the same thing: complaints that tests weed out otherwise excellent nurses. But what's the alternative? Doing away with the exam all together? Should nursing be the only healthcare profession without a licensing exam?

    Maybe some people fail simply because they didn't study and just don't know the material. I certainly know people who failed who readily admitted they didn't study. And, quite frankly, I don't think they're going to make great nurses either.

    I wonder why people don't talk about that.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Feb 8, '07

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