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NCLEX-RN Communications

The nursing profession in Canada is concerned with the low number of Canadian nursing students succeeding in their first attempt at the NCLEX-RN exam.

CNA and other nursing organizations have taken the following actions related to concerns with the exam.

Canadian Nurses Association

Canadian Nursing Students’ Association

Recommendation from CNSA briefing note, January 2016:
“That during this transitional time and given the complex issues currently involved with the NCLEX based on the emotional, financial, and professional costs to students, the CNSA Board of Directors recommends that a pause be instated until the NCLEX issues are resolved.”

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Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing

Board motions, November 2015:
“THAT CASN approach CNA and CCRNR to agree on an external evaluation of the validity of the NCLEX-RN exam within the Canadian context.”

“THAT the CASN Board of Directors directs the Executive Director to reprioritize the work of CASN and allocation of CASN resources to the campaign to return to a Canadian entry-to-practice examination.”

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Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

Letters to the ministers of health requesting a systemic, comprehensive and transparent review of the process and the exam, December 1, 2015 (two samples below):

Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne
Letter to Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators [PDF, 1.5 MB], January 18, 2016:
Request for an immediate stop to the administration of the NCLEX-RN for all francophones in Canada.

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