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Can Simulation Predict NCLEX-RN Success?

Published:December 02, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2022.11.001

      Highlights

      • A relationship between simulation performance and NCLEX-RN success was identified.
      • Simulation may allow for earlier identification of at-risk students.
      • Early identification of at-risk students can be a benefit to nurse educators.

      Abstract

      Undergraduate nursing programs frequently utilize computer-based predictor exams to identify whether students have high or low chances in achieving licensure. This study examines the relationship between undergraduate nursing student simulation performance and NCLEX-RN success. Data from a baccalaureate graduating class of 58 nursing students who completed multiple, high-fidelity simulation experiences 12-20 months prior to NCLEX-RN testing was assessed. In an Obstetric clinical course, students completed five simulations and were evaluated using the Creighton Competency Evaluation Instrument. Logistic regression was completed to identify significant relationships between student simulation performance and NCLEX-RN outcomes. Three of the five simulation experiences were statistically significant (p < .05) in predicting NCLEX-RN success. The results of this study indicate that simulation performance may be another method of predicting NCLEX-RN success. Implementation of this finding may provide means for early identification of at-risk students, allowing for targeted remediation interventions to best prepare them for later success on licensure examination.

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