29Sep

Nursing Students Receive 100% Pass Rate

For the past two years, all Rockingham Community College Associate Degree Nursing graduates received 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam.

NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is a nationwide examination for licensing nurses in the United States since 1994. After students graduate from nursing school, they must pass this examination in order to receive a nursing license. The license gives the individual permission to practice nursing granted by the state where he or she met the requirements. The examination tests the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry-level.

The Department of Nursing implemented a Student Achievement for Excellence (SAFE) Center for nursing students during the 2015 academic year. The Center is a faculty driven instructional support center designed to help students who need assistance with understanding nursing concepts. Improving student success on the NCLEX-RN exam is the purpose of the SAFE initiative.

Any nursing student can request assistance through the SAFE Center. If a student is not successful on a particular unit within the exam, a referral is made to the SAFE Center for guided tutoring. During these sessions, faculty do not teach content. Instead, they help students find and use the appropriate resources to help with the learning process. Students must come prepared with questions for the faculty to address.

“The nursing faculty have participated in numerous professional development opportunities to strengthen their skills to be more effective teachers. They have worked extremely hard to redesign courses that include engaging learning activities and experiences to help students make sense of what they are learning and how it is applied in nursing practice,” explained Dr. Kimberly Clark, RCC Dean of Health and Public Service.

“Our students work hard and our faculty have been committed to supporting them,” said RCC President Dr. Mark Kinlaw. “RCC is training highly skilled nurses who are ready to meet the demands of a medical career.”

September 29, 2016