Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Frances Sparti

Abstract

The relationship between preadmission assessment composite and reading scores and first-time National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) success was evaluated in this study. Following an extensive literature review, the researcher hypothesized that students who score at or above the national average on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) composite score and/or reading score are more likely to be successful on the first attempt of the NCLEX-RN examination. Utilizing archived student records from a rural community college in western North Carolina, a convenience sample of 59 graduates from May 2012 and 2013 was used. Findings of this study revealed there is significant positive correlation between TEAS preadmission assessment composite and reading scores and first-time NCLEX-RN success. Based on the results of this study, nursing programs can evaluate their admission criteria as well as remediation policies in an attempt to increase retention and first-time NCLEX-RN success.

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