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Learning Style as a Predictor of First-Time NCLEX-RN Success: Implications for Nurse Educators

Lown, Susan G. DNP, RN, CNE; Hawkins, Lee Ann PhD, RN, FNP

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000344
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Improving NCLEX-RN® pass rates remains a priority for nursing programs. Many programs collect learning style inventory data, yet few studies have looked at relationships between these data and NCLEX-RN pass/fail rates. Learning style preferences (visual, auditory, tactile, individual, group) and NCLEX pass/fail results were examined for 532 undergraduates in a Midwestern university. A significant correlation between preference for group learning and failure of the NCLEX was found (χ2 = 5.99, P = .05).

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Lown), Department of Nursing, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne; Assistant Professor (Dr Hawkins), Division of Graduate Nursing, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Lown, University of Saint Francis Department of Nursing, 2701 Spring St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 (

Accepted for publication: September 12, 2016

Published ahead of print: November 1, 2016

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