The nursing licensure process and the NCLEX-RN

Nurse Educ. 1989 Nov-Dec;14(6):32-5. doi: 10.1097/00006223-198911000-00008.


Each profession is obligated to ensure society's safety. Licensure examinations must be valid and reliable measures of the knowledge necessary to practice safely in the profession. Nursing has an obligation to society for safe care and licensure is one way to guarantee this. Many changes have occurred in nursing licensure and many nurses are unfamiliar with them. The author traces these changes, describing and analyzing the current licensure examination.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Nursing*
  • Educational Measurement*
  • Humans
  • Licensure, Nursing*