Academic & Non-Academic Variables Impacting BSN Students Who are Unsuccessful on Initial NCLEX-RN

Kerri Outlaw, Djuana Burns, Deborah Rushing, Amy Spurlock, Cathy Dunn, Judy Bazzell, Kelli Cleveland


Nursing program quality is measured by
first time National Council Licensure Examination-
Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) pass rates. Therefore,
many schools of nursing have implemented aggressive
prediction and remediation measures to improve first
time NCLEX-RN pass rate success. The purpose of
this retrospective study was to determine predictors of
success or failure on the NCLEX-RN for graduates of
a Southeastern, Baccalaureate nursing program. Data
was examined from academic records of students who
completed Baccalaureate School of Nursing (BSN)
program of study from Spring 2007 to Fall 2011.
Results of the study reveal the importance of early
identification of at risk students. Early identification
allows for the implementation of strategies to aid in
promoting student success on NCLEX-RN. These
strategies include tutoring, state board review courses,
study skills classes, time management classes and
practice questions.


NCLEX-RN, Acedemic variables, Predictors, BSN, Nursing

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