Commissioner Recommends Delaying Quebec Nursing Exam Amid Concerns Over High Failure Rate |

A preliminary investigation into why more than half of the candidates failed the Quebec nursing license exam last fall found “troubling elements” surrounding both the exam and student preparation.

André Gariépy, the commissioner who oversees access to professional orders, recommends that the next date for the examination be pushed back while the investigation continues.

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The interim report released Wednesday found that just 45.4 percent of nursing students passed the September 26 licensing exam, compared with a pass rate of between 63 and 96 percent in previous sittings.

Gariépy says a faulty exam has been largely blamed by nursing students, while the province’s nurses order has suggested that students’ preparation might have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The commissioner says that while it’s too early to say whether the test or training caused the high failure rate, it’s clear that students have been hurt.

In addition to delaying the next exam scheduled for March, he recommends that candidates who were barred from the profession after failing a third time in September should try again.

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