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2017 RN Practice Analysis Now Available

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2017 RN Practice Analysis Now Available

NCSBN is responsible to its members, the boards of nursing in the U.S. and its member board territories, for the preparation of psychometrically sound and legally defensible licensure examinations. The periodic performance of practice analysis (i.e., job analysis) studies assists NCSBN in evaluating the validity of the test plan that guides content distribution of the licensure examinations. Because the health care industry is rapidly changing, practice analysis studies are traditionally conducted by NCSBN on a three-year cycle.

A number of steps are necessary to perform an analysis of newly licensed registered nurse (RN) practice:

  • A panel of subject matter experts was assembled;
  • A list of RN activities was created and incorporated into a survey that was sent to a randomly drawn sample of newly licensed registered nurses; and
  • Data was collected and analyzed.

The 2017 RN Practice Analysis used several methods to describe the practice of newly licensed RNs in the U.S. and Canada:

  • Document reviews;
  • Daily logs of newly licensed RNs;
  • Subject matter experts’ knowledge; and
  • A large scale survey.

The 2017 RN Practice Analysis is now available on the NCSBN website. The report contains an analysis of entry-level practice in both the U.S. and Canada. Respondents to the practice analysis found the activities listed in the survey to be representative of the work they performed in their practice settings.

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