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A Model for Sustaining NCLEX-RN Success

Conklin, Patricia S.; Cutright, Leonita H.

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000326

Beginning in 2013, an individualized National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN®) study process with follow through postgraduation was initiated to achieve benchmark pass rates in a nursing program where pass rates had dropped. Identification of students at risk for NCLEX failure and using resources available through an integrated testing program led to the implementation of an individualized NCLEX preparation process. Since implementation, first-time pass rates exceeded the national norm for baccalaureate test takers by 5.41 percent to 11.5 percent for four consecutive years. This model can be used by schools of nursing to guide students in NCLEX preparation.

About the Authors Patricia S. Conklin, MSN, RN, KLIC instructor at Radford University School of Nursing, Radford, Virginia, was assistant professor when the model described in this article was implemented. She is a part-time instructor with Kaplan, Inc., New York, New York. Leonita H. Cutright, MSN, RN, adjunct faculty at Radford University School of Nursing, was a full-time instructor when the model was implemented. For more information, contact Ms. Conklin at or Ms. Cutright at

The authors have received compensation for consultation with four Schools of Nursing and financial support for attending three symposiums.

After the original submission of this article Leonita Cutright worked part-time for nine months with Kaplan, Inc. Currently this author is not employed with Kaplan.

© 2019 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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