What does NCLEX Stand for?
National Council Licensure Examination, commonly known as NCLEX, is an examination held in the United States for more than a couple of decades for checking necessary knowledge and skills, and licensing of nurses assessing entry-level nursing knowledge and skills of candidates for Licensure and Registration as Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in the United States for more than a couple of decades. Recently, in 2015, it has been introduced in Canada as well. Held for both Registered Nurses (RN) and Practical Nurses (PN), the nursing exam takes place every year for the candidates graduating from various nursing schools all over the country.
Successfully passing the exams and obtaining RN or LPN License allow nurses the nursing individuals to start nursing practice, practicing in their field of work, in the state from where they have got obtained their Licensure. The NCLEX exams are held under the banner of the NCSBN or National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The exam is carried out in a Computerized Adaptive Testing Format (CAT).