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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date

1992

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Margaret Hegge

Abstract

A study of 52 generic graduates of an associate degree nursing program was conducted to identify cognitive factors that predict success on NCLEX-RN. The subjects completed all of the nursing courses with no interruption and graduated between 1988 and 1991. They wrote NCLEX-RN within two months of program completion. Factors analyzed included the pre-entrance, nursing, natural science, and exit grade point averages (GPA), the Nelson-Denny Reading Test and two NLN Achievement Tests. Statistical analysis showed significant positive correlations (p < 0.05) of the NLN Achievement Tests, the nursing GPAs, the natural science GPA, and the exit GPA with NCLEX-RN success on first attempt. The strongest correlations were the "Nursing Care of Adults Part II" NLN Test (r = 0.453), the level II nursing GPA (r = 0.451), and the natural science GPA (r = 0.431). There was no significant relationship between the Nelson-Denny Reading Test and NCLEX-RN performance. There was little correlation of the entrance GPA with NCLEX-RN performance.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (U.S.) -- Examinations
Nursing -- Study and teaching (Associate degree) -- Examinations
Nursing -- Ability testing

Format

application/pdf

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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