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School of Nursing achieves a 97% pass rate of the NCLEX

St. Francis School of Nursing just received official word that the class of 2014 achieved a 97% passing rate on the NCLEX. The National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN) is designed to test the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for the safe and effective practice of nursing on an entry level according to the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Passage of the NCLEX-RN moves a student from a novice nurse or student nurse, to a graduate nurse and ensures the public that the newly licensed nurse has enough knowledge and is ready to begin practice at an entry level.

The St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing (SFMCSON) faculty has made several changes to the curriculum to keep pace with the changes within the educational and healthcare systems as a whole and began mapping the curriculum to the Institutes of Medicine (IOM), Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies, and the NCLEX-RN blueprint while remaining true to the organization’s mission, the standards of Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) our national accrediting body and the standards of the New Jersey Board of Nursing (NJBON).

In order to keep pace with the changes that recently occurred with the NCLEX exam, the School had to increase educational days for the faculty and staff, implement an intensive summer workshop, increase the use of technology, computer assisted programs, and incorporate the use of the Smart Board and iClickers that provided avenues to incorporate the use of more up to date NCLEX-RN type questions into the curriculum. A new educational partnership was formed with Assessment Technology Institute (ATI); faculty changed the method of the mentoring program, and supported the graduates throughout the summer through emails, phone calls, and text messages with words of encouragement and a firm and loving hand when needed.

The faculty set the bar high for themselves, for the students, and for the school. The faculty and staff remained available throughout the summer to answer questions, provide guidance, comfort and often pray with students in times of stress throughout the process. “I am proud of the work the faculty and staff have done. I attribute this success to the determination and hard work of our students’, the dedication of this faculty and staff to the adult learner, and to the mission of the organization and the school. I would be remiss if I did not thank the former director Dr. Bonny Ross for her direction with this process and her dedication to the St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing and nursing education.” said Shirley Richardson, Director of the School of Nursing. 

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