February 11, 2009

Guide to US National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Examinations for Nurses

U.S National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Exams

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN), established in 1977, is a not-for-profit organization whose membership comprises the boards of nursing in the 50 states of the U.S.A, the District of Columbia, and four United States territories - American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.

The purpose of the NCSBN is to provide an organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare, including the development of licensing examinations in nursing.

The purpose of the NCSBN is to provide an organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare, including the development of licensing examinations in nursing.

Examinations

Under the guidance of its membership, NCSBN developed two licensure examinations used by its Member Boards to test the entry-level nursing competence of candidates for licensure as registered nurses and as licensed practical/vocational nurses in the USA and its territories.

These examinations, the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examinations, are administered with the contractual assistance of a national test service. The Examinations department is also responsible for practice analyses necessary to support the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examination development process.

In August 2008, under the guidance if its membership, NCSBN acquired exclusive ownership of the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program and Medication Aide Certification Examination (NNAAP & MACE Examinations). NCSBN will develop the examination programs and administer them with the contractual assistance of a national test service.

The NNAAP is the largest nurse aide certification examination program in the United States with over 200,000 paper and practical examinations administered annually. The MACE is a new national medication aide certification examination that will be administered to nurse aides who choose to receive additional training to become certified medication aides.

The NCLEX exams

To ensure public protection, NCSBN member board jurisdictions require a candidate for licensure to pass an examination that measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse.

NCSBN developed two licensure examinations, the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), that are used by boards of nursing to assist in making licensure decisions.

Taking the NCLEX-PN or the NCLEX-RN is a capstone experience to your studies and so much more. Passing the exam demonstrates your competence so that you can launch your nursing career.

As you prepare to take the NCLEX, you will want to navigate the examination process. You can increase confidence and reduce test anxiety by being fully prepared for the test experience… before, during and after.

For detailed information on registration, authorization to test, scheduling, exam day, results and other information on the NCLEX examinations for nursing students, visit the NCLEX webpage on the official NCSBN website.

To ensure public protection, NCSBN member board jurisdictions require a candidate for licensure to pass an examination that measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse. NCSBN develops two licensure examinations, the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), that are used by boards of nursing to assist in making licensure decisions.

The NNAAP and the MACE exams

The National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) is the largest nurse aide certification examination program in the U.S. with over 200,000 paper and practical examinations administered annually.

The Medication Aide Certification Examination (MACE) is a national medication aide certification examination that will be administered to nurse aides who choose to receive additional training to become certified medication aides.

NCSBN develops the NNAAP and MACE examinations and administers them with the contractual assistance of a national test service.

For detailed information on registration, authorization to test, scheduling, exam day, results and other information on the NNAAP and MACE examinations for nursing students, visit the NNAAP & MACE Examinations webpage on the official NCSBN website.

More Information: National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) (official site)

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