May 29, 2012 07:00 ET

NCSBN Launches New NCLEX® Video

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - May 29, 2012) - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) created a new video designed to help candidates better understand how the NCLEX-RN® Examination and NCLEX-PN® Examination use computerized adaptive testing (CAT) to measure the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse.

In 1994, NCSBN became the first organization to use CAT, a method for administering exams that merges computer technology with modern measurement theory. CAT increases the efficiency of the exam process for the purpose of nationwide licensure examinations. Nursing is regulated because it is one of the health professions that poses a risk of harm to the public if practiced by someone who is unprepared; that is why NCLEX exams are vital components in the licensure process.

The new "NCLEX® Using CAT" ( video explains why CAT is used for the NCLEX and how it works. Utilizing the familiar scenario of lifting weights to illustrate the principles behind CAT, the video introduces how the exam is scored, how test items are selected and pass/fail rules.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose members include the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories -- American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. There are also nine associate members.

Mission: NCSBN provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection.

The statements and opinions expressed are those of NCSBN and not the individual member state or territorial boards of nursing.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2900
Chicago, IL 60601-4277

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