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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Pearson Vue nursing exams and nursing education as a whole.

Stella D. Coulter

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May 8, 2023
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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted nursing education and the administration of nursing exams, including those offered by Pearson Vue. Here are some of the ways in which the pandemic has affected these areas:

1. Shift to Online Learning: Nursing education has shifted towards online learning with the closure of schools and universities. This has required developing new digital resources and instructional methods, which can present challenges for students and instructors.

2. Changes in Clinical Practice: COVID-19 has significantly altered the clinical environment, leading to the cancellation or postponement of many clinical placements. This has limited students' ability to gain hands-on patient care experience, a critical component of nursing education.

3. Pearson Vue Exam Scheduling Challenges: The pandemic has closed many testing centers and the limited availability of in-person testing slots. As a result, students have had to deal with scheduling challenges, including longer wait times and multiple rescheduling exams.

4. The Rapid Development of Online Proctoring: Pearson Vue has rapidly developed online proctoring options to address the challenges of in-person testing. However, this has also presented new challenges, such as technological issues, and concerns about test security and integrity.

5. Mental Health and Wellbeing: COVID-19 has affected students' mental health and well-being, increasing stress and anxiety. Nursing students, in particular, have been exposed to high levels of stress due to their critical role in responding to the pandemic.

In conclusion, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted nursing education and Pearson Vue nursing exams. These changes have presented challenges for students, instructors, and testing administrators and have required a rapid adaptation to new technologies and methods of instruction and evaluation. However, despite these challenges, the nursing community has shown resilience and adaptability in responding to the pandemic and continuing to provide high-quality patient care.
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