“In October 2009, my nursing advisor at Southeast Community College said they would put my name on the list, and I could probably start taking nursing classes in 2012,” recalled Damion Caudy. “I left my advisor’s office that day and thought, what am I going to do? I have a daughter at home to support. I have to go to school! Ten or fifteen seconds later, I heard an ad for the Union College nursing program on the radio.”
For pre-med students like senior Courtney Laubach, the Union College International Rescue and Relief (IRR) program’s semester in Nicaragua provides hands-on experience that gives them a unique advantage in medical school. “I’m really excited to go to Nicaragua,” said Laubach. “It will be good to provide medical care and make a difference in someone’s health through education. You can treat the symptoms, but only education can really help in the long term.”
Union College’s nursing class of 2012 posted a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX. Union’s perfect pass rate exceeded the national pass rate (87.56 percent) and the average pass rate for the state of Nebraska (88.32 percent).
The NCLEX-RN is a standardized test that assesses a nursing graduate’s knowledge of biology, human anatomy and physiology, basic care and comfort and pharmacological therapies. The exam is required for licensure in all 50 states.
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U.S. News and World Report has again rated Union College as a top pick for new college students in the magazine's highly anticipated "Best Colleges" rankings. Tied with Defiance College in Ohio for 39th place among Midwestern regional colleges, this is the seventh consecutive year Union has earned the title of one of America's best colleges.
At the first academic convocation of the school year, the Division of Humanities announced the winners of the second annual Union College Board of Trustees Writing Awards. The awards were introduced last year to recognize Union students’ writing abilities and encourage further development. “Writing is the foundation for most careers,” explained Michelle Mesnard, chair of the Division of Humanities. “We needed to make it a more important part of the curriculum.”