January 31, 2013
Communications and Marketing
The Saint Anselm nursing program gets high marks in preparing students for the national licensing exam required to become a registered nurse.
The most recent graduating class had a 99 percent pass rate in the National Council Licensure Examination, known as NCLEX. That is the highest rate in the department's history and nine points higher than the national pass rate.
"We couldn't ask for more from our program," said Sharon George, dean of nursing. "It is one thing to go to college, but the ultimate goal for a nursing student is to pass the NCLEX, to become a registered nurse."
In recent years, the nursing department has adjusted its curriculum and lectures to focus on the nursing competencies emphasized by NCLEX. Faculty incorporate NCLEX-style questions into their exams, giving nursing students practice at answering them.
"Students are no longer answering questions from memory," George said. "They are interpreting data in order to provide clinical judgments."
The pass rate has climbed steadily over the past five years, but has been five to nine points ahead of the national rate for at least 10 years.
The 99 percent pass rate means that all but one of last year's 69 senior nursing students passed the NCLEX. "This is an impressive pass rate, but it's even more impressive if you take into account that we had a very large class," George said.