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STRATEGIES to Promote Success on the NCLEX-RN®: An Evidence-Based Approach Using THE ACE STAR MODEL OF KNOWLEDGE TRANSFORMATION

BONIS, SUSAN; TAFT, LOIS; WENDLER, M. CECILIA

Nursing Education Perspectives: March-April 2007 - Volume 28 - Issue 2 - p 82-87
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This article describes an evidence-based project undertaken to develop and implement educational strategies to improve NCLEX-RN® scores in a baccalaureate nursing program. The ACE Star Model of Knowledge Transformation®, a tool used to assist in understanding the process of knowledge discovery and transformation in evidence-based practice, guided this project. A review of the literature revealed a downward trend in successful completion of the NCLEX-RN along with anecdotal reports of educational strategies intended to improve success on the exam. The literature review failed to uncover evaluations of the effectiveness of reported strategies. Resultant recommendations included an integrated strategy consisting of assessment testing, independent study, and simulated NCLEX examinations. Evaluation of the strategies revealed improved success on the NCLEX-RN. Pass rates from rose from 87.76 percent in fall 2001 to 94.81 percent in fall 2004.

About the AuthorsSusan Bonis, MSN, RN, was a clinical instructor in family health nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire at the time this article was written. She is now a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Lois Taft, DNSc, RN, is professor and interim department chair, Nursing Systems, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. M. Cecilia Wendler, PhD, RN, CCRN, is associate professor, Nursing Systems, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Contact Ms. Bonis atbonis@nursing.umass.edu.

Copyright 2007 by National League for Nursing, Inc.
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