Nurse exam con­cerns

Regina Leader-Post - - Opinion -

Re: “Fail rate wor­ries nurs­ing grads” (Nov. 20 Leader-Post).

As the dean of the Fac­ulty of Nurs­ing, Univer­sity of Regina, I, too, ac­knowl­edge that the ini­tial NCLEX-RN pass rates were dis­ap­point­ing.

Such is the case for the ma­jor­ity of nurs­ing pro­grams in Canada. Con­cerns about this new li­cen­sure exam for reg­is­tered nurses have been raised by the Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Schools of Nurs­ing.

Ear­lier this year we im­ple­mented sev­eral strate­gies to sup­port our stu­dents with the NCLEX. And be­cause of this, as men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle, pass rates have al­ready started to in­crease.

The curriculum for the Saskatchewan Col­lab­o­ra­tive Bach­e­lor of Science in Nurs­ing (SCBScN) pro­gram, of­fered in part­ner­ship with Saskatchewan Polytech­nic, is con­stantly up­dated.

We are now pro­vid­ing stu­dents with in­struc­tion and prac­tice on writ­ing NCLEX style ques­tions through­out the pro­gram, offering NCLEX work­shops, as well as cre­at­ing ac­cess to on­line NCLEX re­sources. We have also made avail­able th­ese work­shops and re­me­di­a­tion ses­sions for grad­u­ates who were un­suc­cess­ful with the NCLEX.

Fac­ulty and staff ed­u­cate stu­dents for their many clin­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ences. Our stu­dents and our grad­u­ates have the knowl­edge, skills and clin­i­cal com­pe­tence to not only prac­tice as gen­er­al­ists across health-care set­tings, but to pro­vide safe, eth­i­cal pa­tient care.

The dis­ap­point­ing NCLEXRN pass rate is more about com­puter-adap­tive test­ing than the qual­ity of the SCBScN pro­gram. David Gre­gory, Regina

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