Background/Problem: Nursing schools prepare nursing students to provide competent and safe nursing care and to pass NCLEX-RN for professional licensure. The ATI-NCLEX-RN Comprehensive Predictor Examination from Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) has been used to predict the likelihood of passing NCLEX-RN on the first attempt. Emotional intelligence (EI), critical thinking (CT), and resilience contribute to academic performance and may influence test performance.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine significant predictors of ATI-NCLEX-RN Comprehensive Predictor Examination test performance among the variables of EI, CT, and resilience among undergraduate senior nursing students.

Hypothesis: There will be an association between EI, critical thinking, resilience, and other demographic factors to nursing student test performance on the proctored ATI-NCLEX-RN Comprehensive Predictor Examination.

Methods: A nonprobability convenience sample of 45 undergraduate nursing students at the University of Texas at El Paso completed the MSCEIT V2.0, CCTST, CD-RISC, and demographic surveys. Survey results were compared to ATI-NCLEX-RN Comprehensive Predictor Examination test scores to determine significant relationships.

Analysis: Quantitative data were analyzed through conduction of multiple linear regression.

Results: There was a statistically significant association between demographics, EI, CT, and resilience collectively to predict ATI-NCLEX-RN Comprehensive Predictor Examination scores.

Date of publication

Spring 4-26-2021

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Committee members

Gloria Duke, Ph.D., Belinda Deal, Ph.D., Leslie Robbins, Ph.D.


PhD - Nursing

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