posted Jan. 29, 2013
The following frequently asked questions were prepared by the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for Canadian educators and students.
NCSBN conducts practice analyses to determine the level of competency that entry-level nurses must possess in order to provide safe and effective care. Results obtained from the practice analysis studies are used to construct the NCLEX-RN Test Plan. The current NCLEX-RN Test Plan can be downloaded for free on the NCLEX Test Plans page of the NCSBN website. The Test Plan then guides subject matter experts serving as item writers and reviewers in the development and review of NCLEX items. All NCLEX items undergo rigorous reviews prior to being used in actual examinations. Item content is scrutinized for currency, accuracy and adherence to entry-level nursing scope of practice.
Scope of entry-level nursing practice provides the foundation for the NCLEX item development process.The practice analysis process starts with a comprehensive literature review of those resources that students preparing for a career in nursing are expected to study and understand. A subject matter expert panel is then convened to discuss activities that entry-level nurses perform on the job. This expert panel is made up of representatives from various NCLEX test-user areas, major nursing specialities and nursing practice settings. In addition to 10-12 experienced nurses, the expert panel also includes 2 entry-level nurses. These entry-level panelists provide the incumbent perspective. After extensive discussion and review of related documents, the expert panel constructs a comprehensive list of job activity statements that are relevant to entry-level nursing practice. This list of entry-level activities will be used in the subsequent practice analysis surveys. The results from the current practice analysis can be downloaded from the Practice Analyses page of the NCSBN website.
The selection and input of subject matter experts provides assurance that the practice analysis assesses the current expected practices of entry-level nursing.
To better prepare students for the NCLEX-RN, educators can gain familiarity with the current NCLEX-RN Test Plan, its corresponding content distribution and examination delivery methodology. NCLEX resources are available free of charge for educators and students. These resources include:
NCSBN encourages educators and students to utilize these resources and become familiar with the NCLEX-RN exam, its delivery, anticipated item types, specific terminology and test site administration rules. All NCLEX online resources may be found at www.ncsbn.org/nclex.htm.
**Some materials referenced and/or suggested will be available in French in the future; as materials become available, interested stakeholders will be advised.
The Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators (CCRNR) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) hosted the NCLEX Examination Webinar on Dec. 3, 2012 (English) and Dec. 10, 2012 (French).