- Journal of Nursing Education
- June 2012 - Volume 51 · Issue 6: 305-311
Student success is a concern for all nursing schools. Accountability for NCLEX® pass rates, along with accountability for student attrition and progression, compel nursing schools to carefully select applicants and then actively manage their progress. One of the strategies of managing student progression is to use standardized, nationally normalized exit examinations to identify students at risk for NCLEX-RN failure. This article describes the response of one baccalaureate nursing program to an unacceptable number of exit examination failures among senior students preparing to graduate. As a unique approach to this matter, a crisis management process was used to assess the problem, to develop and implement an intervention for at-risk students, and to revise program policies to better support ongoing student success.
Dr. Reinhardt is Assistant Professor, Dr. Keller is Associate Professor and Associate Director for Undergraduate Nursing Programs, Dr. Ochart Summers is Assistant Professor, and Dr. Schultz is Professor, Associate Dean and Director of the School of Nursing, New Mexico State University, College of Health and Social Services, School of Nursing, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.
Address correspondence to Anita C. Reinhardt, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University, College of Health and Social Services, School of Nursing, PO Box 30001, MSC 3185, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001; e-mail: .firstname.lastname@example.org