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    Hille is offline Registered User
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    Thumbs up Nursing boards with coding disability

    Hello, Trying to help a friend out with a coding disability. I am doing some research on this since I believe this is an issue with some of my family members. Has anyone heard of a scenario where the boards are given orally or can be hand written? This relates to eye motion. Thanks for thoughts and suggestions. Hille

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    mcjon77 is offline Registered User
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    What is a "coding disability?". I looked it up on google, but could not find anything (other than disability codes for insurance).

    Either way, for there to be any chance of such accommodations to be made for you relative when they take the NCLEX, he/she is going to have to get a formal diagnosis of such a disability from the appropriate healthcare professional (e.g. psychiatrist, psychologist , etc). For information as to whether this has been done before with the NCLEX, the best forum for you to go to is probably allnurses.com. It has to be one of the biggest (if not the biggest) nurse /nursing student forums on the net.

    One side question I have is how come this coding disability did not stop them from finishing their nursing program and (most likely) passing their exit exams. I used to work for a university's nursing department, so I am pretty familiar with the tests those folks go through. Generally, we (and from what I understand, most other nursing schools) gave them computer based tests that very closely correlated to the NCLEX. Passing that test was a condition of graduation. The theory being that if you cannot pass the HESI (the NCLEX prep test we used) you probably can't pass the NCLEX.

    On rare occasions, we had folks who could not pass the NCLEX after repeated attempts. One of the most frequent culprits was stress. The student would basically psych themselves out and become overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. Has the student taken any of the test prep/NCLEX bootcamp courses. The good ones not only cover the material, but study practices and techniques for managing stress.

    Also, when did the student graduate? Another problem is that the further the student gets from graduation, the more likely the information fades away. The saddest thing I have ever seen was a poor woman who graduated from nursing school 15 years earlier and just could not pass the NCLEX. She made a few attempts and failed. Then life got in the way. Every few years she would try again, but never made it. Thankfully, that is EXTREMELY rare.

    Hope this helps.
    ALM, Harvard University
    AB, Georgetown University

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