Quantitative Research Article Critique

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Quantitative Research Critique Introduction The paper “NCLEX-RN ® success: Are there predictors?” investigates the probable factors that may contribute to the passing of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) examination (McGahee, Gramling, & Reid, 2010).


Independent and Dependent Variables of the Study For this study, a set of independent variables were initially tested for statistically significant effect on the dependent variable; the dependent variable being the test-taker’s success or failure at first sitting in an NCLEX-RN examination. The independent variables initially tested included SAT / ACT scores, science grade point average (GPA) prior to admission to the nursing program, critical thinking test score, writing portfolio score, individual nursing course grades, number of nursing course failures, all standardized test scores, graduating GPA, and number of semesters taken to complete the nursing program (McGahee, Gramling, & Reid, 2010). Science GPA was taken from the participant’s anatomy, physiology, and chemistry courses; the standardized tests were made up of a critical thinking test, an end of course test for each nursing course, and an RN Assessment test designed to predict NCLEX-RN success; the regular number of semesters required to complete the nursing program after completion of general education courses and acceptance into the nursing program was five. ...
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