The NCSBN Board of Directors voted to raise the passing standard for NCLEX-RN exam - page 4

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

  1. by   MissPiggy
    Are you saying that if we have a lot of substandard nurses we will be better off?

    Not at all, all I'm saying is that if they keep it at a status quo we will still get more into the profession that have the basics down and are ready to go on to learn more specifics about a specialty if they should so choose.
  2. by   saftman22
    Quote from JentheRN05
    I have always had test anxiety, and I personally think that the NCLEX was easy. Too easy really. Originally, when I took the test, I simply thought it was too easy, so I must have failed. I've had classmates that had no business even being in clinicals with instructors breathing down their necks. They were crazy scary and I would RUN from any hospital that I saw them working as a nurse at. I think that them making the NCLEX more difficult is a good thing - it is supposed to 'weed' out the unknowing or those that just shouldn't 'be' a nurse. I know I will probably get flamed for that, but it's JMHO so don't take it wrong. It really isn't meant to be mean really, just honest from my perspective on what I've seen.
    I have to agree with you! During my clinicals I saw the same! What I have also noticed though was those same people all failed their NCLEX exam. I kept track of all my classmates after school and watched to see if they have been licensed. I think raising the bar is not such a bad thing, as we all have more complex patients and are expected to do more. Therfore we should know more! Just my opinion!
  3. by   GoNurses
    To soon-to-be RNs, I just wanted to suggest all not to worry about the raised standard. Just work hard and you'll pass! Have faith in God, as I did, and I passed! Like our fellow members have already said, don't stress about it, just focus on understanding the nursing content and may be practice your test-taking strategies including critical thinking skills. Remember that it just tests your minimum competency and not maximum! You'll be a RN soon, just believe in God and keep the faith! God Bless!
    Sincerely,
    new RN.
  4. by   pebbleworm
    Quote from bookwormom
    Does a higher standard on the test translate to safer, more competent practice? How is this quantified? Specifically, does competency in test taking skills correlate with actual performance?
    This is a fact. Review centers promises to hone a nurse's test-taking skills. The focus is on passing tests rather than enhancing actual performance.
  5. by   Ariesbsn
    I guess I don't understand why people are getting upset about a .7 logit increase. It isn't like you have to score a 98% or better. Additionally, the way the NCLEX is set up, even if you miss a question, you will be given a similar question and another chance to provide the correct answer.

    Passing the NCLEX means that you have proven that you are minimally competent to provide safe care. I find it rather disconcerting that someone can be in a position to make life and death decisions with the only certainty being that they tested as minimally competent to provide safe care. Frankly, if anyone I love was in the hospital, I'd be willing to pay out of pocket for a nurse that tested moderately competent to provide safe care.
  6. by   bighousenurse
    anyone can study up to pass a test...what they should do is raise the hours of required clinical time!
  7. by   Gromit
    Quote from Ariesbsn
    I guess I don't understand why people are getting upset about a .7 logit increase. It isn't like you have to score a 98% or better. Additionally, the way the NCLEX is set up, even if you miss a question, you will be given a similar question and another chance to provide the correct answer.

    Passing the NCLEX means that you have proven that you are minimally competent to provide safe care. I find it rather disconcerting that someone can be in a position to make life and death decisions with the only certainty being that they tested as minimally competent to provide safe care. Frankly, if anyone I love was in the hospital, I'd be willing to pay out of pocket for a nurse that tested moderately competent to provide safe care.
    Well, if you honestly don't understand the angst of the students over even such a small increase in requirements, then you either have not taken this test (and probably are a long way from doing so) or you took it long enough ago that it is a non-issue -or you are one of those very rare folk who never sweat a test.
    The NCLEX is a nerve-wracking test that can easily mean you literally wasted your years of study and effort. I fully recall having anxiety attacks over that @#$!! test. Looking back on it, yeah, it was easily NOT the hardest test I ever took. But passing it means so much that it creates a pretty daunting atmosphere for the candidate and soon-to-be candidate.
    I certainly understand how the students and candidate-to-be can be upset over this, but I also agree with the others here -don't put much effort in worrying about it. Its NOT the monster that its made out to be, and this increase in required passing level is not going to hurt you. Just put your efforts in doing the best you can in school, and do your best to understand the way a nurse is supposed to THINK and how they rationalize solutions to problems, -which is precisely what this test is all about- and you will do fine. I know whereof I speak. I did not pass my first attempt, and they raised the bar before I was allowed to retake it, and I passed the second (higher-required level) with flying colors (the lowest number of questions required -so it wasn't even close. When I failed it, it was with the highest number questions required, so it was very very close).
  8. by   Nurseismade RN
    Quote from Gromit
    Well, if you honestly don't understand the angst of the students over even such a small increase in requirements, then you either have not taken this test (and probably are a long way from doing so) or you took it long enough ago that it is a non-issue -or you are one of those very rare folk who never sweat a test.
    The NCLEX is a nerve-wracking test that can easily mean you literally wasted your years of study and effort. I fully recall having anxiety attacks over that @#$!! test. Looking back on it, yeah, it was easily NOT the hardest test I ever took. But passing it means so much that it creates a pretty daunting atmosphere for the candidate and soon-to-be candidate.
    I certainly understand how the students and candidate-to-be can be upset over this, but I also agree with the others here -don't put much effort in worrying about it. Its NOT the monster that its made out to be, and this increase in required passing level is not going to hurt you. Just put your efforts in doing the best you can in school, and do your best to understand the way a nurse is supposed to THINK and how they rationalize solutions to problems, -which is precisely what this test is all about- and you will do fine. I know whereof I speak. I did not pass my first attempt, and they raised the bar before I was allowed to retake it, and I passed the second (higher-required level) with flying colors (the lowest number of questions required -so it wasn't even close. When I failed it, it was with the highest number questions required, so it was very very close).

    I agree.....even though I still don't quite get it. I passed with the minimum in July. I too feared that since the passing standard for Nclex RN was raised that it would be even more difficult....but I found that it was a very doable test, as long as you study well you will do fine. I took kaplan...then studied like a maniac for a straight two and half weeks. also take nclex as soon as possible after any review class....strategies are more fresh.
  9. by   brwnsuga83
    This is scary and I must admit I'm more anxious about the exam now more than ever because of this. I test early March and God willing I won't have to re-test but if I do it'll be terrible for me
  10. by   Altra
    Quote from brwnsuga83
    This is scary and I must admit I'm more anxious about the exam now more than ever because of this. I test early March and God willing I won't have to re-test but if I do it'll be terrible for me
    Note that this thread is old - discusses a press release issued by NCSBN issued 12/2006.

    brwnsuga83 -- DO NOT sweat it. If you've done well in your nursing program you should be fine. And if by chance you need to retest -- it's a waiting period during which you can redouble your studying efforts. Believe me, after even a short while of your nursing career, that initial bump in the road will barely be a memory.
  11. by   brwnsuga83
    Thanks 4 the word of encouragement. I did do well in school, I graduated with honors and I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau and will be testing 4 the 2nd time.I have been studying and I am sooooo anxious!

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