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2009 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin

2009 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin

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10/03/2010

 
This bulletin contains information for all registrations and scheduling of examination appointments beginning January 1, 2009. Do not discardbefore receiving your test results.Additional information is available at www.ncsbn.org.
2009 NCLEX
®
ExaminationCandidate Bulletin
 
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT THE NCLEX
®
EXAMINATIONS
 
Questions About...Answers
Registering to take the NCLEX
®
examinationAuthorization to Test (ATT)Lost Authorization to TestAcceptable forms of identificationComments about the test center
NCLEX examination developmentGeneral NCLEX examination informationUnresolved concerns related to examinationadministrationName or address changesName corrections on your Authorization to Test (ATT)LicensureEndorsementInterpretation of resultsCandidate Performance ReportScheduling an appointment to testRescheduling or unscheduling your testingappointmentExamination results
Visit:
NCLEX
®
Candidate Web Site,http://www.pearsonvue.com/nclex.
Call:
NCLEX Candidate Services (Pearson VUE)
United States
– Call at (toll-free) 1.866.49NCLEX(1.866.496.2539), Monday - Friday, 7 am to 7 pm, U.S.Central Time.
Asia Pacific Region
– Call NCLEX Candidate Services inKuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at (pay number) +603.8314.9605,M o n d ay- Friday, 8:30 am to 6 pm, Universal Ti m e .
Europe, Middle East, Africa
– Call NCLEX CandidateServices, at (pay number) +44.161.855.7445, Monday -Friday 8 am - 6 pm, Central European Time.
India
– Call NCLEX Candidate Services at (pay number)91.120.439.7837, Monday-Friday 9 am - 6 pm, IT.
All other countries
not listed above – Call (pay number)1.952.681.3815, Monday - Friday, 7 am to 7 pm,Central Time.
Candidates with hearing impairments
who use aTelecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) – Call the U.S.A. Relay Service at (toll-free) 1.800.627.3529 or the Canada & International Inbound relay service at(pay number) 605.224.1837. These services are available24 hours a day, seven days a week.
 Write:
NCLEX Examination ProgramPearson Professional Testing5601 Green Valley DriveBloomington, MN 55437-1099
E-mail:
pvamericascustomerservice@pearson.com.
Visit:
NCSBN Web site, http://www.ncsbn.org
 Write:
National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.NCLEX
®
Examinations Department111 E. Wacker, Suite 2900Chicago, Illinois 60601-4277
Call NCLEX
®
Examinations Department:
866.293.9600
Fax NCLEX
®
Examinations Department:
312.279.1036
E-mail:
nclexinfo@ncsbn.org
 Write or call
your board of nursing. Links to all boards ofnursing Web sites and contact information is available on the NCSBN Web site:
www.ncsbn.org
; click on the link titled
Boards of Nursing
.Wait until you receive your Authorization to Test (ATT).Follow directions on pages 7-9 of this bulletin.Examination results are sent to you by your board of nursing.Wait a minimum of four weeks following your examinationfor your results to arrive in the mail.
 
JANUARY 2009
 Table of Contents
 What is the
NCLEX
®
Examination?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Registration Process Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Examination Fee and Registration Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Fee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Registration Time Limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2How to Register for the NCLEX
®
Examination. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Registering on the Internet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Registering by Mail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Registering by Telephone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
No Refunds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Failure to Pay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Workforce Exception Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Procedures for Requesting Special Accommodations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Directions for Completing the
NCLEX
®
Examination Registration Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Sample Name Entry on an
 NCLEX
®
Registration Form. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5Sample Address Entry on an
 NCLEX
®
Registration Form. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
How to Schedule Your
NCLEX
®
Examination Appointment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Authorization to Test (ATT)…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Scheduling Your NCLEX Examination Appointment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Group Scheduling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Scheduling Procedure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Candidates Seeking Examinations Accommodations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Procedure for Changing Your
NCLEX
®
Examination Appointment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Personal Identification. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Acceptable Identification. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Additional Precautions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Examination Security. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Test Center Regulations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10Grounds for Dismissal or Cancellation of Results. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10Confidentiality. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
The Day of the Examination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11Additional Information about the
NCLEX
®
Examination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
NCLEX
®
Test Plans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Client Needs Categories Covered on the
NCLEX
®
Examination. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14Scoring the NCLEX
®
Examination. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Examination Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16Abbreviationsfor States, Territories, and Canadian Provinces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17International Country Codes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17Education Program Codes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
U.S. and Territories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18International. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
The policies and procedures contained within this Candidate Bulletin are subject to change at any time with or without notice. If you have any questions regarding these changes contact NCSBN at 1-866-293-9600. Candidate results are not reported during any period of time in which the board of nursing to which a candidate hasapplied for licensure is not a member in good standing of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN).Copyright © 2009 National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN). All rights reserved.NCLEX
®
, NCLEX-RN
®
and NCLEX-PN
®
are registered trademarks of NCSBN and may not be used or reproduced without written permission from NCSBN. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or other-wise now known or to be invented) without written permission from NCSBN.Address inquiries in writing to NCSBN Permissions, 111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2900, Chicago, IL 60601-4277.

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