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NCLEX Conference

In October a workshop was held for nursing educators at to help them prepare for the NCLEX exam.

updated Dec. 13, 2013
posted Oct. 31, 2013

Sixty-five nurse educators from across B.C. gathered at Kwantlen Polytechnic University on Oct. 22, 2013 for a day-long workshop to learn about the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX®). The workshop was designed to provide information to nurse educators about how the NCLEX-RN® exam is developed as well as detailed information on the relationship of the NCLEX-RN Practice Analysis and the NCLEX Test Plan. The goal was to help educators understand the exam’s development and use as it relates to item development, and subsequent examination administration.

The NCLEX is being introduced in 2015 in 10 Canadian jurisdictions. It will replace the existing Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE).

Workshop attendees—and an additional 35 people attending via webinar—heard from three National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) staff:

  • Philip Dickison, PhD, RN
    Chief Officer, Examinations
  • Nicole Williams, MSN, RN-BC
    Nursing Content Manager, Examinations
  • Chelsea Kelley
    Associate, Examinations

Here are some of the highlights from their presentations:

  • The NCLEX will be the same for US and Canadian nursing students—there is not a specific exam being developed just for Canada.
  • All NCLEX questions are being reviewed to ensure they are appropriate for both Canadian and US nursing students, i.e., removing any US-specific language, ensuring any cultural differences are addressed.
  • Canadian regulators are currently deciding whether the NCLEX will be transferable between the US and Canada. Keep an eye on CRNBC’s website for updates in 2014.
  • A Canadian regulatory panel, appointed by the 10 Canadian registered nurse regulators, will be reviewing the bank of exam questions before the NCLEX is introduced in 2015. It is expected that this panel will include practising nurses from Canada.
  • The NCLEX test plan is developed as a result of data collected from Practice Analyses, and is designed to assess the minimum competency of the entry-level nurse.
  • When asked how to prepare students for the NCLEX, Phil emphasized, "Do not change your curriculum!" 
  • Educators are encouraged to learn how to write NCLEX-style exam questions, to help students be as prepared as possible.

NCSBN has a wealth of exam resources available on their website, including detailed NCLEX Test Plans, a helpful video about Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) and much more. We encourage you to check it out.

Phil and his team also encourage B.C. educators to get involved! Hundreds of nurse educators, clinicians and managers who work with entry-level nurses contribute to the development of the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN licensing examinations, and Canadian voices are needed.

Feel free to contact CRNBC if you have any questions. ​

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