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JONAS Healthc Law Ethics Regul. 2005 Apr-Jun;7(2):56-8.

Recommending a minimum English proficiency standard for entry-level nursing.

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National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Chicago, IL 60601, USA. toneill@ncsbn.org

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to provide sufficient information to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to make a defensible recommended passing standard for English proficiency. This standard was based upon the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A large panel of nurses and nurse regulators (N = 25) was convened to determine how much English proficiency is required to be minimally competent as an entry-level nurse. Two standard setting procedures were combined to produce recommendations for each panelist. In conjunction with collateral information, these recommendations were reviewed by the NCSBN Examination Committee, which decided upon an NCSBN recommended standard, a TOEFL score of 220.

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