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ERIC Number: EJ847442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0196-5042
Program Exit Examinations in Nursing Education: Using a Value Added Assessment as a Measure of the Impact of a New Curriculum
Morris, Tama; Hancock, Dawson
Educational Research Quarterly, v32 n2 p19-29 Dec 2008
To become a registered nurse in the United States, one must pass the National Council License Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). To address the growing national nursing shortage, nurse preparation programs must better prepare students to pass this national licensure examination. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a new nursing program at a large university in the southeast United States improved learning outcomes as measured by the Evolve Reach (formerly named the Health Education Systems Incorporated-HESI) exit examination and better prepared its graduates to pass the NCLEX-RN. Although there was no statistically significant difference in the Evolve Reach performance of students in the old versus new nursing programs, a positive relationship existed between the Evolve Reach results and first-time NCLEX-RN pass rates. These results suggested that the Evolve Reach exit examination was a value added assessment for the new nursing program and was useful for determining student readiness for the national licensure examination.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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