In an aim to improve first-time NCLEX-RN pass rates, some nursing programs have instituted high-stakes testing. This literature review investigated nursing faculty understanding of and student experiences with high-stakes testing. High-stakes testing is an assessment used to make decisions about student progression or completion of a nursing program. The literature revealed both negative and positive consequences associated with high-stakes testing. Literature from state boards of nursing and professional nursing organizations was also reviewed for recommendations.
Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor of Nursing (Ms Hunsicker), Ohio Northern University, Ada; Assistant Professor of Nursing (Mrs Chitwood), Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke, Virginia.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Ms Hunsicker, Ohio Northern University, 525 S Main St, Ada, OH, 45810 (email@example.com).
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Accepted for publication: September 20, 2017
Published ahead of print: November 11, 2017