In the mix: NCSBN raises standard of NCLEX-RN exam

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, January 11, 2010

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc., otherwise known as NCSBN, has raised the passing standard for the NCLEX-RN Exam, according to a NCSBN press release. The new passing standard is -0.16 logits (the unit of measure for the exam) on the logistics scale. The standard is 0.05 logits higher than the previous standard of -0.21.

The new standard takes effect on April 1, 2010. The standard is reviewed by the NCSBN Board of Directors every three years. The Board used an expert panel of nine nurses as well as the results of national surveys The increase was in response to changes in U.S. healthcare delivery and nursing practices, which an NCSBN press release says has caused entry-level RNs to see a greater acuity of clients.

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