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September 4, 2009

May 2009 School of Nursing graduates earn perfect score on national exam

May 2009 graduates of the University of Louisiana at Monroe nursing program earned a perfect score on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a test considered the final hurdle in a nursing student’s career.

The ULM students received a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX examination, continuing a long-term positive trend by graduates. Successful scoring on the NCLEX is required to receive professional nursing licensure.

The test, distributed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, covers a variety of topics, including basic nursing principles, management of care, growth and development, disease prevention, pharmacology, psychosocial adaptation, patient safety and management.

“We always exceed state and national averages,” said Dr. Florencetta Gibson, Director of the School of Nursing.

“This trend is largely attributed to the fact that we have high caliber students, experienced faculty and a well-established curriculum that follows accreditation standards, implemented in a way that meets the needs of our students,” she said.

Gibson said research shows qualified nursing students who graduate from an accredited bachelor’s of science degree program, such as that offered at ULM, have a direct impact on reducing the mortality and morbidity rates of hospitalized patients.

The ULM program includes educational tracks for students seeking a traditional degree plan, for licensed practical nurses seeking to become registered nurses and for registered nurses seeking the bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“Due to the diligence of Dr. Gibson, College of Health Sciences Dean Dr. Denny Ryman, and our entire nursing faculty and staff, ULM continues to shape our students into outstanding professionals,” concluded ULM President James Cofer.

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