Passing nursing licensure exams is important to promising nurses. The number of times a graduating nursing student must take The National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN), reflects upon the institution of higher education as a gauge of the quality of their training programs and preparation. Student outcomes are very important to overall standing of the nursing programs, as the first attempt NCLEX-RN pass rates affect status of the nursing program. The nurse educator’s role in student success is vital and the level of education for the nurse educator can play a valuable part in this as well.

The researcher of the study used a retrospective correlational analysis design to assess 17 public nursing programs in New Mexico. These included associate degree in nursing programs (ADN), and Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) programs. This analysis compared the percentage of faculty with an advanced preferred degree at each institution to NCLEX-RN pass rates on the first attempt among graduating registered nurse (RN) students from these same 17 public nursing programs. The researcher examined the results over the past 5 years, from 2014- 2019. Based on the findings from this study, the data suggest that public nursing programs in New Mexico which employ full time nursing faculty with advanced preferred degrees may see positive effects on NCLEX-RN pass rates.



Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Level of Degree


First Committee Member

Jacqueline Wuellner, DNP, MPH, RN, CNE


nurse educator, barriers to role, NCLEX-RN, National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses success, pass rates, faculty attributes