The success rate for nurses rises to 92%

The success rate for nurses rises to 92%
The success rate for nurses rises to 92%

After two catastrophic exam sessions in 2022 and 2023, the success rate is “back to normal” while 92% of candidates who took the last admission exam to the profession in March 2024 passed the exam. test.

The passing mark was set at 57%.

This is a step in the right direction to improve access to care for the Quebec population.declared the president of the OIIQ, Luc Mathieu, in a press release.

It must be said that the success rate for all candidates had dropped to 45% in September 2022 and remained below average at 53% in March 2023.

Since the arrival of the new exam formula in 2018, the overall success rate had fluctuated between 63% and 96%, including people who had failed the first time.

The situation was so worrying that ministers Sonia LeBel (Treasury Board), Christian Dubé (Health) and Pascale Déry (Higher Education) met with the management of the OIIQ in May 2023 to take stock. The failure of aspiring nurses in the exam threatened the plans of Quebec, which wishes to recruit nurses abroad to respond to shortages in the health network. For the different categories of candidates trained abroad, the success rate has also improved.

Furthermore, three successive reports from the commissioner for admission to professions, Me André Gariépy, had clearly indicated that the unusually low results were not due to educational establishments, but to flaws and weaknesses of the Order’s examination.


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The former citizen protector, Marie Rinfret, has supported the management of the OIIQ since November 2023.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Sylvain Roy Roussel

The appointment of former Ombudsman Marie Rinfret in the fall of 2023 to help the Order of Nurses (OIIQ) review its examination was an unequivocal message.

In the office of Minister Sonia LeBel, responsible for the laws constituting professional orders, we remain vigilant.

Efforts to improve the processes surrounding the examination of the Order of Nurses of Quebec continue. The OIIQ is working with Ms. Rinfret, appointed as governance controller last November. The objective is to ensure that all qualified nurses are integrated into the network.

A quote from Office of Minister Sonia LeBel

The minister had already stated that she expected a recovery commensurate with the urgency of the situation to avoid complete supervision.

The OIIQ recently announced that the Professional Examination Committee is looking for nurses from various areas of expertise to sit on the various groups of experts, whose mandate is to develop and revise the questions for the professional examination of the ‘OIIQ.

No compulsory baccalaureate

Furthermore, Radio-Canada revealed in February that the review of the mechanisms for access to the profession is formally put on hold.

A change of direction, while in May 2022, the management of the OIIQ wanted the next generations of nurses to obtain a university diploma to practice this profession.

The OIIQ submitted a 300-page file to the Office of Professions in 2022, in which it affirmed that the only diplomas giving access to the OIIQ permit must be at university level following a bachelor’s degree in science. nurses or a DEC-bac course.

The Order of Nurses (OIIQ) suspend its plan to use an American NCLEX-RN exam to evaluate 5,000 to 6,000 candidates for the profession each year.



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