The work of preparing Canadian nurses for A licensure exam originating from the USA: A nurse educator's journey into the Institutional organization of the NCLEX-RN

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Abstract

The licensing exam for registered nurses in Canada has recently been changed from a Canadian developed, owned and delivered exam to the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) which originates from the United States. Rationale for this exam change focused on transitioning to a computer-based exam that has increased writing dates, with increased security, validated psychometrics, increased exam result delivery, and an anticipated decrease in expense to students. Concerns have arisen around the acceptance, implementation and delivery of this exam to Canadian nursing students that reflects the broad Canadian landscape of education and nursing practice. The experience of a Canadian nurse educator in working to facilitate students' transition to this exam is addressed using an institutional ethnographic lens. Finally, we come to conclusions about the importance of countries utilizing licensing exams that reflect their nursing education and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20180052
JournalInternational journal of nursing education scholarship
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Canadian nurse education
  • NCLEX-RN
  • nurse educators
  • nursing students

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