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Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Jayne Cohen

Second Advisor

Vivian Wong


Successful performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) is a measure of competence indicating that newly licensed nurses have attained standards to ensure safe nursing practice. Concerned about a declining pass rate, one urban state university implemented multiple strategies over a period of time in order to enhance the success rate of frrst-time test-takers. The purpose of this research project was to focus on the state university's NCLEX-RN pass rates for frrst-time candidates, examined and evaluated new implemented strategies, and determined how the interventions influenced these pass rates. Data were collected using retrospective existing records on a sample of 680 subjects .. These included more stringent admission criteria, several testing modalities, and students' progression policies. Passage of the NCLEX-RN exam assures the competencies required for safe patient care. Findings indicate a variety of strategies could be implemented by other Schools of Nursing to enhance their students' success.

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