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Senior NCLEX-RN Coaching Model

Development and Implementation

Schlairet, Maura C. EdD, RN, CNL; Rubenstein, Cynthia PhD, RN, CPNP-PC

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000644
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Background A host of interventions have been used to improve NCLEX outcomes, yet scant evidence exists to show the influence of academic coaching on pass rates.

Purpose To improve NCLEX confidence/readiness and pass rates in a baccalaureate nursing program, an NCLEX Coaching Model was developed and implemented.

Method Senior students were paired with faculty for 6 weeks of NCLEX coaching. Students self-assessed strengths, risk factors, and challenges related to NCLEX preparation. Coaches and students co-developed the NCLEX Preparation and Success Plan using standardized NCLEX predictor scores. Success plans represented individualized preparation strategies focused on specific NCLEX Client Needs categories.

Result National Council Licensure Examination confidence/readiness scores improved significantly, and first-time NCLEX pass rates improved slightly after coaching.

Conclusion An NCLEX Coaching Model can build student confidence/readiness and promote NCLEX success among nursing students. Peplau's Theory of Interpersonal Relations was useful in guiding development and implementation of a coaching model.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr Schlairet), Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University, Atlanta; and Chair and Professor (Dr Rubenstein), Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Schlairet, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University, 3001 Mercer University Dr, Atlanta, GA 30341 (

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Accepted for publication: November 19, 2018

Published ahead of print: January 7, 2019

Cite this article as: Schlairet MC, Rubenstein C. Senior NCLEX-RN coaching model: development and implementation. Nurse Educ. 2019;44(5):250–254. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000644

Online date: January 15, 2019

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