ARTICLESRecommending a Minimum English Proficiency Standard for Entry-Level NursingO'Neill, Thomas R. PhD; Marks, Casey PhD; Wendt, Anne PhD, RNAuthor Information From the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Chicago, IL. Corresponding author: Thomas R. O'Neill, PhD, Associate Director of Testing Services-Psychometrics, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, 111 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2900, Chicago, IL 60601. (email: [email protected]). JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation: April-June 2005 - Volume 7 - Issue 2 - p 56-58 Buy Abstract ABSTRACT The purpose of this research was to provide sufficient information to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to make a defensible recommended passing standard for English proficiency. This standard was based upon the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFLTM). A large panel of nurses and nurse regulators (N = 25) was convened to determine how much English proficiency is required to be minimally competent as an entry-level nurse. Two standard setting procedures were combined to produce recommendations for each panelist. In conjunction with collateral information, these recommendations were reviewed by the NCSBN Examination Committee, which decided upon an NCSBN recommended standard, a TOEFL score of 220. © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.