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      NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is a licensure examination administered by NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing) for the licensing of Nurses in the US, Canada and recently Australia. Overseas Nurses who wish to practice in any of the aforementioned countries have to take the exam in any of the exam centres usually outside their countries. The examination is administered in various countries including United Kingdom, India, Philippines, South Africa and Turkey among others. It is noteworthy that none of the West African country has an approved NCLEX exam centre despite majority of NCLEX takers in Africa coming from this zone.

      Data from NCSBN show a total of 2,399 Nurses from Nigeria sat for NCLEX between January, 2017 and December, 2020; 568 and 314 Nurses from Ghana and Cameroon respectively took the exam during this period. On the other hand only 86 Nurses from South Africa and 33 from Turkey sat for NCLEX Exam within the same 4year period. While South Africa and Turkey have NCLEX Centres approved recently, West African countries have none.

      The absence of approved NCLEX exam centres in West African countries has posed several difficulties on applicants from the zone. The approval of NCLEX Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa has done nothing to ameliorate the challenges faced by test applicants from West African countries. Few of the challenges faced by test applicants from West Africa include, but not limited to the following:

       

      1. Inability to secure visa for the exam: For instance, Nurses from West Africa who apply for South Africa visiting visas to write NCLEX exam usually have their passports withheld for a minimum of three months after which about 1 in 8 applicants are granted visas despite providing evidence of exam registration, hotel and flight reservation among other loads of unnecessary documents. Visa denial rate for nurses going to write NCLEX exam in United Kingdom, US, India among others is even higher.

       

      2. The cost of sitting for NCLEX Exam is highest for those from West African Countries: A return flight from Nigeria to Johannesburg, South Africa for instance currently cost between $700-$1,300. Hotel cost, COVID Testing and transportation among others can make a return trip to the nearest NCLEX centre for someone in West Africa cough out a minimum of $2,000. In a region where the average monthly salary of Nurses is $150, it will take more than a year of savings to be able to raise money to write NCLEX exam after one has been granted authorization to test.

      3. Jet lag and Time Zone difference: Few Nurses from West Africa who managed to get visa and made it to exam centres have to fight jet lag and change in weather among others while writing the exam outside their zone, this impacts their performance on the examination.

       

      Prayers:

       

      I urge National Council of State Boards of Nursing to approve NCLEX centre in any of the West African Countries (probably Nigeria or Ghana). Approval of one of the Pearson Centres in any of the two countries would ease the challenges nurses from this region currently face in sitting for the exam. This is because:

       

      At 7,500 signatures, this petition is more likely to get a reaction from the decision maker!

       

      At 7,500 signatures, this petition is more likely to get a reaction from the decision maker!

      Recent signers

       

      Zurkarnan Abukari Natogmah signed 11 hours ago

       

      Ekene Okorie signed 24 hours ago

       

      Augusta Osuagwu signed 1 day ago

       

      Olabode Idowu started this petition to National Council of State Boards of Nursing and 2 others

      NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is a licensure examination administered by NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing) for the licensing of Nurses in the US, Canada and recently Australia. Overseas Nurses who wish to practice in any of the aforementioned countries have to take the exam in any of the exam centres usually outside their countries. The examination is administered in various countries including United Kingdom, India, Philippines, South Africa and Turkey among others. It is noteworthy that none of the West African country has an approved NCLEX exam centre despite majority of NCLEX takers in Africa coming from this zone.

       

      Data from NCSBN show a total of 2,399 Nurses from Nigeria sat for NCLEX between January, 2017 and December, 2020; 568 and 314 Nurses from Ghana and Cameroon respectively took the exam during this period. On the other hand only 86 Nurses from South Africa and 33 from Turkey sat for NCLEX Exam within the same 4year period. While South Africa and Turkey have NCLEX Centres approved recently, West African countries have none.

       

      The absence of approved NCLEX exam centres in West African countries has posed several difficulties on applicants from the zone. The approval of NCLEX Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa has done nothing to ameliorate the challenges faced by test applicants from West African countries. Few of the challenges faced by test applicants from West Africa include, but not limited to the following:

       

      1. Inability to secure visa for the exam: For instance, Nurses from West Africa who apply for South Africa visiting visas to write NCLEX exam usually have their passports withheld for a minimum of three months after which about 1 in 8 applicants are granted visas despite providing evidence of exam registration, hotel and flight reservation among other loads of unnecessary documents. Visa denial rate for nurses going to write NCLEX exam in United Kingdom, US, India among others is even higher.

       

      2. The cost of sitting for NCLEX Exam is highest for those from West African Countries: A return flight from Nigeria to Johannesburg, South Africa for instance currently cost between $700-$1,300. Hotel cost, COVID Testing and transportation among others can make a return trip to the nearest NCLEX centre for someone in West Africa cough out a minimum of $2,000. In a region where the average monthly salary of Nurses is $150, it will take more than a year of savings to be able to raise money to write NCLEX exam after one has been granted authorization to test.

       

      3. Jet lag and Time Zone difference: Few Nurses from West Africa who managed to get visa and made it to exam centres have to fight jet lag and change in weather among others while writing the exam outside their zone, this impacts their performance on the examination.

       

      Prayers:

       

      I urge National Council of State Boards of Nursing to approve NCLEX centre in any of the West African Countries (probably Nigeria or Ghana). Approval of one of the Pearson Centres in any of the two countries would ease the challenges nurses from this region currently face in sitting for the exam. This is because:

       

      1. Citizens from West African countries can travel within the region without visa due to ECOWAS protocol.

       

      2. Flights between one West African country to another is around $200 thus saving test takers hundreds of dollars.

       

      3. The West African countries have similar time zone and weather thus test candidates don’t need to battle against jet lag and unfamiliar weather when sitting for NCLEX in West Africa country.

       

      4. Reduction in Visa and traveling cost would make many nurses complete their abandoned registration and sit for NCLEX exam without emptying their life savings.

       

      Approving the prayers above would portray NCSBN as a listening organization that has the interest of test takers at heart.

      You can join the petition here:

      https://www.change.org/p/national-council-of-state-boards-of-nursing-approve-nclex-test-centre-in-west-africa-ghana-nigeria

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