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12 Sep


Understanding the Human Capital Implications of the Change to the NCLEX-RN for Canadian Nurse Licensing

September 12, 2016 | By |

Nursing regulatory bodies in Canada moved the registered nurse licensure entry exam away from Canada to the US National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX) in January 2015.

The official 2015 Ontario exam results show an unprecedented decline in pass rates to 67.7%, with substantially higher failure rates from previous years, and Ontario having the fourth highest failure rate in the country while graduating 44% of the country’s nurses. No research has been conducted examining the human capital impact and cost of this policy change on key stakeholders in either the Ontario or Canadian context. This research examines the implications of the change in National regulatory policy on the licensing process for newly graduated Ontario nurses, and identifies and provides information on successful continuing education strategies to respond to the outcomes of this change. In addition, it provides evidence to direct policy makers and relevant educational authorities on any policy changes needed in the future in the context of human capital related to effective nursing health human resources planning and management.

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

L. McGillis Hall (PI), M. Lalonde

If interested in participating in this study, please email