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Post-graduation Factors Predicting NCLEX-RN® Success

Beeman, Pamela Butler PhD, RN; Waterhouse, Julie Keith PhD, RN


The academic and nonacademic factors that influence nursing students’ success on the licensure exam have been widely reported. However, many questions remain as to why certain candidates fail the exam. This pilot study explores postgraduation influences on the NCLEX-RN.® Factors such as length and type of study, work hours, review course participation, sleep, and stress were recorded using the newly developed NCLEX Preparation Survey. Results suggest both expected and unexpected relationships between these factors and NCLEX-RN mastery.

Author’s Affiliations: Associate Dean, Associate Professor (Dr Beeman), College of Health and Nursing Sciences; Associate Professor (Dr Waterhouse), Department of Nursing, University of Delaware, Newark.

Corresponding Author: Pamela B. Beeman, PhD, RN, 345 McDowell Hall, College of Health and Nursing Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, (

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.