Union College nursing graduates posted the highest pass rate in the state of Nebraska on the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, for a fifth straight quarter, ending in December 2010. Since October 2009, Union's 97 percent pass rate has surpassed the fourteen other nursing schools in the state and the Nebraska (88 percent) and national (87 percent) averages.
The NCLEX-RN is the standardized proficiency test required for licensure by states boards of nursing in all 50 states. May 2010 graduates faced a recently overhauled and more difficult NCLEX test, which also required a higher score to pass.
“Continued success on the NCLEX illustrates the diligent academic effort of our students and the dedication of their professors,” said Charlotte Schober, interim chair of the Division of Health Sciences. “A graduating senior shared this thought when asked about the strength of the nursing program: ‘The teachers truly agonize about our success. It made me care more. I have never been such an earnest student.’”