Post-graduation factors predicting NCLEX-RN success

Nurse Educ. Nov-Dec 2003;28(6):257-60. doi: 10.1097/00006223-200311000-00006.


The academic and nonacademic factors that influence nursing students' success on the licensure exam have been widely reported. However, many questions remain as to why certain candidates fail the exam. This pilot study explores postgraduation influences on the NCLEX-RN.(R) Factors such as length and type of study, work hours, review course participation, sleep, and stress were recorded using the newly developed NCLEX Preparation Survey. Results suggest both expected and unexpected relationships between these factors and NCLEX-RN mastery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Delaware
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / standards*
  • Educational Measurement / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Licensure, Nursing*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Pilot Projects
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • School Admission Criteria
  • Sleep Deprivation / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology
  • Students, Nursing / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workload / psychology