JACKSON, Tenn. – May 7, 2010 – The latest graduates from Union University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program have a 100 percent pass rate on the latest national registered nurse licensure examination.
All of the 59 graduates who were part of the perfect pass rate graduated from Union’s accelerated nursing program from either the Jackson or Germantown campus. One student who graduated in December has yet to take the examination.
Tim Smith, dean of the School of Nursing at Union University, said while the School of Nursing has a long history of strong pass rates, this year’s performance on the examination surpasses the prior pass rates.
The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses is created by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. A passing score on the exam is required for each graduate to be licensed as a registered nurse. The NCLEX-RN tests graduates on topics that cover the entire human lifespan – from newborn to geriatrics.
Smith said well qualified faculty, expanding simulation facilities, excellent educational facilities and “tremendous” partnerships with nearby clinical facilities all contribute to the students’ success on the licensure examination.
He said graduates are also well-prepared to take the NCLEX-RN because of the standardized tests they take while in Union’s nursing program. Throughout the curriculum, nursing students take standardized tests to evaluate their performance in comparison to other nursing students at Union and around the nation.
Smith also reflected on the implications the perfect pass rate has on the community around Union.
“The community’s investment into the university and into the School (of Nursing) gives them the assurance that we have solid students coming out to serve in their institutions,” he said. “And most importantly, it gives us the opportunity to show the blessings of God — that you can take an educational institution and use it for the purposes of God’s kingdom.”
By Samantha Adams (’13)