Nursing students post perfect passing rate on licensing exam
Aug. 28, 2009
Based on the performance of its most recent graduates, LaGrange College’s Nursing Department deserves an A+.
All 30 members of the 2009 nursing class passed the National Council
Licensure Examination, the licensing test for nurses. According to the
National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the average passing rate to
date for 2009 is 90.82 percent for students in baccalaureate programs.
“The nursing faculty has worked hard to revise
our curriculum to meet the needs of our students in their quest to
become a professional nurse,” said Dr. Celia Hay, Chair of the Nursing
Department. “The final step to doing that is passing the NCLEX exam.”
The curriculum was restructured about two years
ago, and this is the first class to graduate with that new course of
study, according to Dr. Maranah Sauter, Chair of the Division of
Professional Programs, which includes the Nursing Department. The
faculty also has instituted other changes to help their students
“We have recently implemented new technology in
standardized testing, and require that all incoming students pass an
entrance exam,” she said. “This helps to ensure that our students are
prepared to begin the nursing curriculum.”
The nursing students are required to take an
NCLEX preparation course just prior to graduation to help them review
what they have learned throughout the nursing program and to familiarize
them with the format for the licensure exam.
Although the passing rate is exciting, Sauter
said what needs to be celebrated is the quality of education LaGrange
College offers its nursing students.
“With a liberal arts background, our students also learn communication
skills, creativity in problem solving and critical thinking – all things
that hospital administrators are looking for in nurses. Our students
are very well prepared.”
Members of the 2009 nursing class are working in
hospitals in Nashville, Tenn.; Macon; Atlanta; Asheville, N.C.,
Columbus, Newnan and Griffin, as well as LaGrange.
“We have very close ties to West Georgia
Health System,” Sauter said. “Our program was established to help meet
the need for nurses in our community, and we continue to do that with
many of our graduates going to work at West Georgia.”
Today, many hospitals around the country are
offering programs similar to the school’s Sims Scholarship, where the
student agrees to work in the hospital to repay funding for their
Today there are more resources than ever in the form of
scholarships, grants and loans for students who want to pursue nursing.
“We are working hard to make potential students
more aware of these opportunities that make a nursing degree more
affordable,” Sauter said.
“In most cases, a bachelor of science in nursing
degree is only the beginning of what can be a varied and rewarding
career at many levels,” Sauter said. “In the long run, our students will
go so much farther because of the well-rounded education they get