ź컢ͼ’s Linda Dunham School of Nursing Graduates Exceed State and National Average Exam Pass Rates

Houston, Texas, June 6, 2024– The examination pass rate for nursing school graduates from ź컢ͼ’sLinda Dunham School of Nursingwho took the nursing licensure exam exceeded the national average for Texas nursing programs according to results recently published by the Texas Board of Nursing.

In 2023, thefor ź컢ͼ nursing school candidates who took the exam for the first time was 97.92 percent compared to an average of 91.15 percent for Texas nursing programs and a national average of 88.56 percent.

Considered the world’s premier licensure exam, the NCLEX-RN exam, which stands for National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, uses a computerized adaptive testing technology to measure the foundational knowledge and skills needed for safe nursing practices for entry-level nurses. The exam recentlyexpanded to include real-world case studies to measure a nurse’s ability to think more critically and make the right decisions, according to thewebsite.

Dr. Carol Lavender, Dean of the Linda Dunham School of Nursing, credited nursing school faculty and their passion for student success for the high pass rate as well as adjustments made to the school’s curriculum.

“We recently restructured the curriculum to better serve the students in their progression. Moving their first clinicals to the second semester in the program has given them time to get acclimated to the rigor of the course work,” said Dr. Lavender.

The nursing school dean pointed to additional factors that reflect the high standards of ź컢ͼ’s nursing program.

“With the recent addition of our new lab spaces, students have had more opportunities to practice their skills with lab and simulation experiences overseen by our faculty. This increase in faculty engagement with students as well as their dedication to holding [students] accountable to the programs’ high standards has played a huge role,” added Dr. Lavender.

Nursing students are tested in multiple categories including physiological adaptation, management of care, reduction of risk potential, safety and infection control, pharmacological and parenteral therapies, basic care and comfort, psychosocial integrity and health promotion and maintenance.

Denisse Roman, an ź컢ͼ alumna who now works in the nursing school, shares Dr. Lavender’s sentiments.

“Not only are faculty making themselves available and urging students to be their best; the students themselves have been more open to asking for help when they need it.We are doing our best to build a community where knowledge and skills are shared.There are still opportunities for improvement, but the difference is palpable,” said Roman.

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