Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Canadian NCLEX Milestone

The Canadian version of the NCLEX-RN, the adaptive, computerized testing program brought in this year to assess the skills of Canadian nursing students, reached an impressive benchmark this week with it's 1,000th test taker. The test has been operational since January 5th, assessing the qualifications of registered nurses in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. 

The exam was selected to replace the older Canadian Registered Nursing Exam in 2012, but it wasn't until January of this year that the new testing regime began. The new format offers increased test security, accessibility, precise assessment and provides more timely results than the CRNE. The United States has been using the NCLEX-RN since 1994.

Anne Coghlan, the President of the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators believes the switch has been close to seamless. "The launch of the NCLEX-RN in Canada has gone extremely well," she said, "and it is very exciting to reach this milestone. Through the collaborative efforts of NCSBN and CCRNR, we are furthering our shared commitment to excellence in nursing regulation."

There are currently 10 other countries offering the NCLEX-RN test but Canada is the only country outside of the U.S. that uses it as a domestic licensing examination.

Students can take the exam at any Pearson Vue testing facility in the country or abroad. Permanent centers are located across Canada, but there is also temporary centers setup in February, June and October, for end of semester examinations.

Canadian nursing students can prep for the exam by enrolling in a NCLEX prep course. PRIMED Education currently offers classes in facilities across the country and online. These courses help nursing students practice for the exam, work through topics that they are struggling with and review core material. They are an excellent tool for first time NCLEX-RN test-takers or for students who will be repeating. Find out more at: http://www.primededucation.ca/