SYMPOSIUM
Friday, July 13, 2007: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Predicting Success from Nursing Applicant to Novice Nurse: Use of Elsevier’s Computerized Exams for Preadmission Assessment, NCLEX-RN Preparation, and Measurement of Workplace Competency
Learning Objective #1: The learner will be able to identify the use of computerized exams in predicting success in nursing students from program admission through RN licensure.
Learning Objective #2: The learner will be able to demonstrate the use of the Evolve Reach Exit Exam as a predictor of employment success for new graduate nurses.
Three research studies were conducted to examine the relationship between the Evolve Reach (formerly HESI) computerized exams and student success from nursing program admission through entry level practice. The Admission Assessment (A˛) exam was used to identify prospective nursing applicants’ academic readiness for the rigors of a nursing program and to remediation needs. The Mid-curricular (MC) exam was used evaluate students mid-way through their nursing curriculum, and the Exit Exam (E˛) was used to predict NCLEX-RN success. Study #1: A descriptive, longitudinal, design was used to determine the accuracy of ADN students’ math and reading comprehension A˛ scores in predicting their MC scores, the accuracy of their MC scores in predicting their E˛ scores, and accuracy of their E2 scores in predicting NCLEX-RN (N = 139). Findings indicated that the A˛ reading comprehension scores were significantly related to MC scores, and to E2 scores. The E2 was 94.55% accurate in predicting NCLEX-RN success. Study #2: The accuracy of the E2 in predicting NCLEX-RN success was examined in this 6th validity study. The E2 predictive accuracy was also examined for repeat testers—those who took a different version of the E2 because they did not make reach the school’s designated benchmark score on their first testing. Preliminary findings indicate that the E2 was similarly accurate for first time testers and repeat testers (N = 130). Study #3: The value of the E2 as a predictor of employment success for entry level new graduates was examined (N = 105). Findings indicate that E2 was an effective predictor of workplace competency for new graduates assigned to acute care and critical care units in a large, tertiary-care hospital.
Organizer:Mary J. Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE
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