2021 RN Practice Analysis: Linking the NCLEX-RN Examination to Practice


This periodic performance of practice analysis (i.e., job analysis) study assists NCSBN in evaluating the validity of the NCLEX-RN test plan that guides content distribution of the licensure examination. This publication analyzes the U.S. and Canadian entry-level nursing testing populations, including the relevance of clinical judgment in the performance of nursing activities. Because changes can occur in registered nurse (RN) practice, practice analyses are conducted on a three-year cycle. Due to COVID-19, the RN practice analysis was conducted in 2021.

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Education, NCLEX Exam, Practice, Registered Nurses (RNs), Research
Exam Statistics and Publications
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