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SUPPLY—The entire graduating class of practical nursing (PN) students at Brunswick Community College has passed the state licensure exam. This is the first perfect pass rate since 2004 for BCC PN graduates. ee
Tanya Mace, director of practical nursing, said the dedication from the 17 PN students as well as a “strengthened curriculum” taught by the faculty contributed to a perfect pass rate.
“Those at the helm have the experience and knowledge to help the students succeed,” Mace said in a press release.
Her expectations for the program are high. Mace believes the recent program success will motivate the new class of PN students and faculty to repeat the perfect pass rate. ee
The Registered Nursing (RN) students were not as successful. Out of the first class of RNs, only 23—58 percent— passed the NCLEX, the licensing test required for registered nurses.
The state average was a 89 percent pass rate. Stephen Greiner, BCC president, said changes and improvements have already begun taking place.
Course content changes, an exam review course, additional faculty, increased lab time and equipment have all been added to the nursing program in hopes of better preparing students for the NCLEX.
“Certainly we’re not pleased with the results, and regardless what year the program is in we always strive to do our best,” Greiner previously said.
Kathryn Jacewicz is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at email@example.com.