Stats From the BRN

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Stats From the BRN

The numbers tell the story

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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Statistics aren’t always interesting but the newly released numbers on nursing in California offer some valuable information.

Who Passed the Test?

For instance, did you know that in 2010 a total of 12,141 first-time U.S.-educated candidates took the NCLEX in California? Of these, 10,572 passed. For second-time test takers the pass rate was much lower: out of 2,466 candidates, only 1,269 or a little over 50 percent passed.

For internationally-educated nurses the rates were lower in both categories: out of 8,067 first timers 2,748 passed and of the 9,463 repeaters, a dismal 18 percent or 1,686 passed.

Complaints and Diversion

The Board received 7,984 complaints of various types. Of these, 1,192 were referred to the attorney general and 1,050 cases resulted in formal charges. Revocations totaled 272, surrenders 155, and 281 nurses were placed on probation.

In the diversion program there were 66 self-referrals, 102 board referrals, 485 total participants and 85 nurses who completed the program. One very encouraging statistic from the diversion program shows that since 1985 when the program was first instituted, there are only 40 known cases of relapse for a rate of 4.3 percent.

You can find more information in the 2011 Winter BRN Newsletter which is the board’s communication tool about new laws, regulations, and other items of interest to the state’s nurses. Download here:

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