Best practices in NCLEX-RN readiness preparation for baccalaureate student success

Comput Inform Nurs. 2005 Nov-Dec;23(6):322-9. doi: 10.1097/00024665-200511000-00008.


Success for first-time takers of the NCLEX-RN has implications for the students, faculty, and nursing programs. As the passing standard for the NCLEX-RN has risen, some programs have experienced a corresponding decrease in their graduates' first-time pass rates. This article describes one baccalaureate program's journey from low first-time NCLEX-RN pass rates in 2001 to greater student and program success using a data-based, analytical approach. Although passing an exit exam was a program requirement for 20 years, the change to computerized testing and more in-depth test preparation has enhanced opportunities for success for students and reduced stress among faculty. The resulting best practices for preparing students for NCLEX-RN success are described.

MeSH terms

  • Benchmarking*
  • Education, Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Educational Status
  • Program Development