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ERIC Number: ED567719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 112
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3395-0656-2
Predictors of NCLEX-PN Success for Practical Nursing Students
Eickhoff, Mary Ann
ProQuest LLC, N.P. Dissertation, University of Phoenix
There is currently a nursing shortage in the United States. By 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects, the number of job openings for Practical Nurses (PN) will be 168,500, an increase of 25% over 2012 (BLS, 2014). Nursing education does not currently meet present, much less future needs. Nursing programs have limited space; according to the National League for Nursing (2012), in 2011 over 80% of schools with Practical Nurse (PN) and Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) programs turned away qualified applicants. It has become essential to ensure that those students who are most likely to be successful are also those admitted to these programs. The purpose of this quantitative, non-experimental, predictive, and correlational study of one Kansas PN program was to determine which factor, or combination of factors, were best at predicting first-time NCLEX-PN pass rates. Studied factors included: (a) grade-point average (GPA); (b) composite score on the TEAS-V; and (c) the four sub-scores on the TEAS-V. The sample included 248 students, a population census inclusive of those who graduated from the Kansas clinical PN program between January 2012 and December 2013 and who took the NCLEX-PN. Logistic regression and correlational analysis were used to analyze the data. Consistent with prior research regarding RN programs and the NCLEX-RN, the findings of this study suggest that standardized entrance-examination scores were not good predictors of passing the NCLEX-PN on the first attempt. This study's findings also suggest that the higher a student's GPA, the greater his or her likelihood of passing the NCLEX-PN on the first attempt, which correlates with a prior study that examined the NCLEX-RN. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas