National Petition to Change N-CLEX Exam Process - page 3

hello all! this discussion thread is to seek out those who have graduated from nursing schools/programs who share the same feelings in regard to the n-clex examination. has anyone noticed how... Read More

  1. by   JWRN
    I also have reservations about only 75 questions and then your given a license. I took the written exam, 2 days 360 questions...it was difficult and challenging...But having reviwed questions I learned that it works...

    As a item reviewer for the NCLEX-RN, I can say it is fair, reliable and valid.
  2. by   glasgow3
    When I first became a nurse (early 90s) there was a campaign with the slogan, "If caring were enough, anyone could become a nurse." I've heard others describe necessities for nursing as "heart and smart". So no, nursing is NOT (just) the art of caring, OP.

    I'd like to think I'm usually empathetic and supportive, but I could never sign on to a petition which made the NCLEX even easier than it is to pass; Frankly, I think it's a joke when compared to other professions or even when compared to itself "back in the day".

    Prior to becoming an RN I was a CPA. At the time, only about 15% passed (all parts) on the first try. (Incidentally, I was NOT among that group. lol) For grins and tickles I checked and only about 20% of today's CPA candidates pass the first time. The test has four parts; each part has about 90 questions and 2 simulations (case studies). You have 14 hours to complete the exam and many folks need all of it.

    Compare that to today's NCLEX. For 2009 (1st quarter) 88% PASSED on their first try. Many nurses I work with completed their exams by answering fewer than 75 questions correctly. (Yes, I realize 75 is the minimum you must answer but you don't have to answer all 75 correctly to pass). And several remarked that it took less than an hour to do so.

    I recall spending 2 full days in a huge convention center to pass NCLEX.

    I'm sorry but I have to think today's NCLEX is a farce. Perhaps your mistake was not training at a diploma school----over the past decade their graduates seem to score a couple points higher than those otherwise prepared. <ducking>. lol
  3. by   jjjoy
    I hated NCLEX-style test questions. And I think being able to pass with just 75 questions is ridiculous, regardless of whatever statistically sound program is behind the question selection. Nonetheless...

    while you may have some valid complaints about the NCLEX, your first order of business is to pass that darn test! You passed nursing school, so you CAN pass that test! AFTER passing the test, then go right ahead and do what you can to help design a better test!

    I know I got terribly fed up with NCLEX-style questions that purport to test critical thinking but can sometimes feel more like "trick" questions. Even though I was able get good scores in school and passed the NCLEX on the first try, I still thought many questions were frustrating! For myself, I had to let go of my insistence that test questions be straight forward with an undebatable correct answer. I had to look for the answer that seemed like an NCLEX answer based on previous experience with NCLEX style questions, as opposed looking for a definitive correct answer based upon the data given.

    Nonetheless... your fight to change the licensing test will hold a lot more water AFTER you have passed it and hold that license yourself. Most folks, once they pass the test, just want to get on with their careers. If you're serious about wanting to change the NCLEX, then you'll still be ready to fight for change AFTER passing. I'll be with you there! You can do it!
  4. by   Virgo_RN
    NCLEX questions are not about choosing the one correct answer, but rather, choosing the best answer from those you are given to choose from. Being able to memorize information and regurgitate facts is a completely different skill set from being able to examine a problem and choose the most appropriate course of action from the available options. While the former might be appropriate for science or mathematics, the latter is more appropriate for real world nursing practice.
  5. by   blondy2061h
    Quote from Cherybaby
    No. Someone needs encouargment.
    Probably both.
  6. by   blondy2061h
    Quote from eriksoln
    I went fast too. I walked in, saw a few people already there from my class, answered 100 ?'s, took a 10 min. break, went back, answered 2 more ?'s and got cut off.

    Whole process took like............oh, 45 minutes. The people there when I walked in were still there. lol
    I arrived at the testing center about 30 min before my scheduled test time. They took me early, and I was leaving before my scheduled time. I called my mom when I got out. She asked if I was calling for some last minute encouragement.

    "Nope, calling to let you know I'm done!"
  7. by   DoeRN
    OP why don't you look at the NCLEX forum and look up Suzanne's Plan. I did her plan and Hurst review and passed the first time with 75 questions in 1 hour and 20 minutes. I think NCLEX is very fair. And waiting 2 days is nothing. I remember my aunt back in the 80's having to wait for 6 weeks. And she had to take the exam over the course of 2 days. I don't know how far you will get with changing the NCLEX. Because the majority of people DO pass on their first try and more and more people are not failing. We just know of people because we have gone through it and we have websites like this where you can talk to people who did not pass on the first time. Good luck to you and take my advice about Suzanne's plan.
  8. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from doeRAYmee
    OP why don't you look at the NCLEX forum and look up Suzanne's Plan. I did her plan and Hurst review and passed the first time with 75 questions in 1 hour and 20 minutes. I think NCLEX is very fair. And waiting 2 days is nothing. I remember my aunt back in the 80's having to wait for 6 weeks. And she had to take the exam over the course of 2 days. I don't know how far you will get with changing the NCLEX. Because the majority of people DO pass on their first try and more and more people are not failing. We just know of people because we have gone through it and we have websites like this where you can talk to people who did not pass on the first time. Good luck to you and take my advice about Suzanne's plan.
    Suzanne's plan is no longer available on the site https://allnurses.com/nclex-discussi...an-373424.html but the NCLEX forum does offer much in the way of help and support to take the exam
  9. by   DoeRN
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    Suzanne's plan is no longer available on the site https://allnurses.com/nclex-discussi...an-373424.html but the NCLEX forum does offer much in the way of help and support to take the exam
    Oh sorry I did not realize it was no longer available. I have not been to that forum since passing NCLEX. It was great though.

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