TAMIU Nursing Graduates Excel at Becoming RNs
Texas A&M International University's Dr. F.M. Canseco School of
Nursing graduates are excelling, demonstrating a hometown education can
help you get what you want out of life.
Dr. Susan Baker, director of the School of Nursing, reported 93% of
this Spring's Bachelor's of Science Nursing graduates passed the National
Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), the national
licensure examination required for entry into practice as a Registered
Nurse, on their first attempt.
"We're above the national average pass rate for graduates, which
is only 86.9%," said Baker.
She explained the accomplishment is especially impressive, given the
changes the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and other
governing bodies implemented this year.
"The NCSBN raised the passing standard and also introduced three
new test item formats. In addition, the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners
initiated a criminal background check, lengthening the time period between
graduation and testing," said Baker.
She said the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners also liberalized the number
of testing opportunities for an individual, changing it from three to
"While the individual has more chances at passing the test, the
School is still required to have 80% of graduates pass on the first attempt,"
explained Baker, "This particular graduating class really stepped
up to the challenge-they waited to start work until they had tested; they
continued to study as hard or harder from the day they graduated until
the day they tested; they bought new review books, met in study groups,
coached and nagged each other, came to the campus to work on our computer
programs and review videos and ask faculty questions about areas of doubt."
She said some students even called Belva Gonzalez, assistant professor
and testing coach for the students, with their test results before calling
"The students' success is truly a tribute to their dedication to
the nursing profession and their commitment to their faculty and their
school," said Baker.
She said the first-time pass rate for individual classes at the School
of Nursing has been consistently high, with 92% of the May 2003 class
passing and 100% of the May 2002 class passing.
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