NCSBN raises passing standard for the NCLEX-RN

In December, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) announced that the passing standard for the NCLEX-RN would rise.  I offer this explaination without comment:

After consideration of all available information, the NCSBN Board of Directors determined that safe and effective entry-level RN practice requires a greater level of knowledge, skills, and abilities than was required in 2007, when NCSBN implemented the current standard. The passing standard was increased in response to changes in U.S. health care delivery and nursing practice that have resulted in the greater acuity of clients seen by entry-level RNs.

Very interesting!   There is a very interesting statistical model that the NCSBN uses to determine the passing score on the test and they have been using it since I became a nurse (I took the test by computer back in 1998 – it was a interesting experience).  I could explain it, but it is relatively boring.  Suffice it to say that I knew I had passed the exam when I walked out of the exam.  Contrast that with my recent experience with the bar exam . . ..


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