Predictors of Retention and Passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses


Using Seidman’s retention formula as a theoretical foundation, this study investigated historical data from a Bachelor of Science (BSN) nursing program to determine whether the admission variables of the preprogram grade point averages (GPA), American College Testing (ACT) scores, anatomy and physiology course grades, and/or the Health Education System Inc. (HESI) Exit Exam scores could predict completing the nursing program, as well as passing the NCLEX-RN. A significant relationship (p < 0.01) was identified between the preprogram GPA, ACT scores, anatomy grades, and the HESI Exit Exam scores with the completion of the BSN program and passing the NCLEX-RN.

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Elkins, N. (2015) Predictors of Retention and Passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Open Journal of Nursing, 5, 218-225. doi: 10.4236/ojn.2015.53026.

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