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ERIC Number: EJ873962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Nursing Program Success: Are We Using the Right "Gold" Standard?
Bernier, Sharon L.; Helfert, Karen; Teich, Carolyn R.; Viterito, Arthur
Community College Journal, v76 n1 p36-40 Aug-Sep 2005
Community college administrators and state regulatory bodies assess associate degree nursing programs on a continual basis. In their quest to evaluate the programs, they rely heavily on the "first time pass rate" reports on the standard licensing test: NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination). A closer look at the use of this measure and how it drives nursing education in the 21st century raises questions regarding the standard for evaluating (measuring) program quality. In assessing the nursing program that educates associate degree students, care should be taken to go beyond the percentage pass rate. Small programs and/or those with culturally diverse populations may not have the highest first-time pass rates. Nursing programs should, as a matter of course, research and evaluate their pass rates on first and subsequent attempts on a class-by-class basis. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses