Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Education News

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Education News

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What is new at your school of nursing?

Please contact Leslie Block

Managing Editor

NURSING EDUCATION PERSPECTIVES

lblock@nln.org

New NCLEX Passing Standards Announced

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing voted at its December meeting to raise the passing standard for the NCLEX-RN® examination effective April 1, 2007. The NCSBN Board of Directors evaluates the passing standard for the exam every three years to ensure minimal competence for entry-level RNs.

In announcing the change, the NCSBN reported that multiple sources of information were used to guide the decision to increase the standard, including the results of a national survey of nurse educators, directors of nursing in acute care settings, and administrators of long-term care facilities. The board determined that safe and effective entry-level practice requires a greater level of knowledge, skills, and abilities than was required in 2004, when the current standard was established. To obtain a copy of the 2007 NCLEX-RN® Test Plan, which also goes into effect in April, visit www.ncsbn.org/RN_ Test_Plan_2007_Web.pdf.

Transforming Care at the Bedside

Fourteen schools of nursing nationwide have been selected to participate in Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB), a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative begun in 2003 to improve quality in hospital-based patient care. Each participating school will be linked with a major regional hospital where nursing students will work with TCAB teams to identify where change is needed, recommend and test potential solutions, and determine if the innovations should be implemented.

The goal of the program is to help students learn how to identify opportunities for quality improvements that can enhance patient care and teach them how to advocate for their implementation. …

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