Western Nevada College's 2012 associate degree nursing graduates have achieved a 100 percent pass rate for students taking the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses. Forty-one students completed the two-year nursing program this spring and earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. They were then eligible to sit for the national exam, which confirms a graduate's competencies as a nurse and assists boards of nursing in making licensure decisions.
"This accomplishment is not only rewarding to the college, it's also a great achievement for the graduates and their families," said Dr. Judith Cordia, division chair for WNC Nursing and Allied Health. "Receiving a perfect pass rate on the NCLEX-RN confirms that the WNC Nursing program is successfully preparing employable graduates for a career that sustains families, and offers immense benefit to our community and our local economy."
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Connie Capurro also congratulated the graduates and thanked the many supporters who helped them achieve their goals.
"We are so proud of our nursing faculty and our nursing students," Capurro said. "I am also thankful to the individuals and the organizations that donate their funds to provide student scholarships for college fees and textbooks. Without that assistance, many of our students would struggle to pay for this training." Capurro said that local health care facilities donate valuable expertise and time to provide on-the-job training opportunities for WNC student nurses.
"This nationally accredited program is an excellent example of our great instructors, as well as our community support and partnerships. Together we build a prepared health care workforce," she said.
Many of the nursing graduates go on to work in Northern Nevada at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, Renown Regional Medical Center, Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, and skilled nursing facilities throughout the region.