A Comparison of NCLEX-RN Pass Rates of Nursing Programs by Control of Institutions
Doctor of Education (Ed.D)
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Nursing is a complex profession that requires diligent preparation to meet dwindling United States resources and the growing demand for quality health care. Traditional public and private not-for-profit institutions have been unable to adequately meet the demand for nursing education; therefore, private for-profit institutions have begun to offer professional prelicensure nursing education. The study sample included 26 states that had at least one professional prelicensure nursing program in each type of institution: public, private not-for-profit, and private for-profit. Research was conducted to identify and analyze any difference that may exist in the performance of nursing graduates on the NCLEX-RN between public, private not-forprofit, and private for-profit institutions. A Kruskal-Wallis Test revealed a significant difference (p = .000) in the annual NCLEX-RN pass rates for nursing programs between the three types of institutions for each year from 2009 to 2013. The Mann-Whitney U demonstrated increasing differences between the annual NCLEX-RN pass rates for nursing programs in each type of institution for each study year. A comparison of the number of successful nursing graduates during the 5-year study revealed statistically significant (p = .001) differences among the three types of institutional control with nursing programs. Nursing programs in public institutions, private not-for-profit institutions, and private for-profit institutions are different in the number of institutions, the number of successful nursing graduates produced, and their quality indicator: the annual NCLEX-RN pass rates. Nursing leadership, nursing educators, educational administrators, health care facilities, and governmental agencies related to the nursing workforce can use this research to implement changes in nursing education.
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Breed, Nancy Cotten, "A Comparison of NCLEX-RN Pass Rates of Nursing Programs by Control of Institutions" (2015). Electronic Theses & Dissertations. 963.