WCCS Nursing Students Excel on National Examination

Posted on: January 27, 2012

The WCCS Nursing School must be doing something right. For the past three years, graduates of the nursing programs have exceeded both state and national pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses.

Ninety-four percent of the Associate Degree Nursing graduates passed the exam in 2011. The nationwide ADN pass rate was 81.27 percent, while the AND state pass rate was 81.75 percent. 98 percent of the Licensed Practical Nursing graduates passed the exam in 2011. The nationwide pass rate was 86 percent, while the state pass rate was 94.7 percent. Of the 50 LPN graduates, 11 of those were the graduates of WCCS' very first evening LPN class.

The NCLEX-RN consists of a minimum of 75 multiple-choice questions and the NCLEX-PN consists of a minimum of 85 multiple-choice questions. Both test the knowledge and skills of safe practice for entry-level nurses. The exam is done electronically, and questions are developed by practicing nurses and nurse educators nationwide. As the online test progresses, questions become more difficult. In addition, the exam is secured by the National Council of State Board of Nursing. Everyone who takes the exam must have graduated from a board approved program.

Each student must have met the passing rates on each of the exam's eight categories.

Categories include management of care, health promotion and maintenance, psychological integrity, basic care and comfort, safety and infection control, pharmacological and parenteral therapies, reduction of risk potential and physiological adaptation.

The current success of WCCS's students can only mean better things to come. "We continue to be proud of our nursing students as they excel in the program. I am equally proud of our nursing faculty and staff for the great job they do," said Dr. James Mitchell, WCCS President.

According to the latest projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published in the November 2007 Monthly Labor Review, more than one million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2016. Government analysts project that more than 587,000 new nursing positions will be created through 2016 (a 23.5 percent increase), making nursing the nation

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