A Research Review

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The ultimate goal for many that attend nursing school is to sit for the NCLEX-RN, or National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. This exam is taken once a students graduates from an accredited nursing school and wants to become licensed as a registered nurse. Often schools use other tests during their programs as a predictor of student pass rates on the NCLEX-RN exam. The article “A Study of the Usefulness of the HESI Exit Exam in Predicting NCLEX-RN Failure,” the authors perform a study using a “retrospective descriptive, correlation design. Logistic regression analysis was used to predict NCLEX-RN failure from Exit Exam scores.”
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This data included the students’ score on the HESI, how many times they attempted the HESI to achieve a score of 850 or higher, and their respective NCLEX-RN exam scores from their first attempt.
The results of the data were very opposite of what was expected. The researchers were expecting to see that if a student failed the HESI, it would be predicted that they would also fail the NCLEX-RN. The data reflects that this hypothesis was not an accurate assumption. With a sample size of 179, the first Exit Exam group mean was 832.69. It was stated by HESI that an 850 or higher score was needed to predict a passing score on the NCLEX-RN. The second set of data from the Exit Exam resulted in a mean group score of 917.27. The scores on the second set of data included Exit Exam attempts up to a total of five times.
After evaluating the data, it was seen that the predictive accuracy of the HESI to the passing scores of the NCLEX-RN was inaccurate. The prediction was that any student scoring over an 850 on the HESI would pass the NCLEX-RN. From the sample size it was predicted that 167 students would pass the NCLEX-RN, and that 12 students would fail. In actuality, of the 167 students, 22 students failed the NCLEX-RN, meaning that only 2 of the expected 12 actually failed the NCLEX-RN.
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