Individuals applying for registration in New Brunswick are required to pass the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). The NCLEX is developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) in collaboration with Canadian RN regulatory bodies. The NCLEX measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as an entry-level registered nurse.
The NCLEX is a variable length, computerized, adaptive test and is not offered in paper-and-pencil or oral examination formats. The exam may consist of anywhere from 75 to 265 question items.
Resources and Information
- Preparing to write the NCLEX: A Student Guide
- NCLEX Practice Exam
- NCLEX Candidate Bulletin
- 2016 NCLEX Detailed Test Plan – Candidate
- NCLEX Using CAT Video
- Pearson VUE
- NCLEX Translation Lexicon
- NCLEX Candidate Tutorial
- Taking the NCLEX
- How the NCLEX Works
- What the Exam Looks Like
- Creating the NCLEX & Passing Standard
- Preparing Students for the NCLEX
- 2016 NCLEX Detailed Test Plan – Educator
- NCLEX Frequently Asked Questions for Canadian Educators and Students
- NCLEX Using CAT Video
NCSBN- NCLEX Webinar Series
- Scope of Practice, Practice Analysis and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- NCLEX Test Plan
- NCLEX Item Writing and Item Review
- NCLEX Sensitivity and Differential Item Functioning Review
Exam Volunteer Opportunities
Nurses in all settings can contribute to NCLEX-RN exam development; however, nurse educators are in a unique role whereby participation in various stages of exam development may assist you in supporting nurse graduates toward successful outcomes.
New Brunswick nurse educators can participate in item development, standard setting and translation review/revision processes (Francophone or fluent French language educators/RNs). Volunteer opportunities are provided by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). All travel expenses, accommodations and meals are paid by NCSBN, except for salary replacement. For details please review information at https://www.ncsbn.org/exam-volunteer-opportunities.htm
Interested nurse educators can apply directly to NCSBN. NCSBN will contact NANB to verify registration status prior to making further arrangements.
NB's Nursing ETP Exam Journey
Where do we go from here?
A new national entry-to-practice exam was introduced in January 2015. Since its introduction there have been challenges. Finding a resolution that would support nurse graduates has been, and continues to be, a priority for the Association.
We recognize both members and the public have questions, therefore we are beginning a series of Q&A's that will provide accurate background information as we consider all possible alternative solutions. If you have a question, we would like to hear from you- please email the Communications Department.