Misericordia University students who recently graduated from the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree program (BSN) achieved a pass rate that was more than eight percentage points higher than the national average on the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for baccalaureate degree students.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) developed the NCLEX-RN examination to ensure the public's protection. In order to receive a license to practice, a nursing candidate must pass an examination that measures the competencies newly licensed, entry-level nurses have to perform safely and effectively, according to NCSBN.
"I am extremely proud of our students and faculty for working together to continue this tradition of academic excellence,'' said Associate Professor Annette Weiss, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., assistant dean of nursing and chief nurse administrator at Misericordia University. "Our nursing program has been educating students and preparing compassionate nurses for more than 90 years to serve friends, family and neighbors in our communities. Our professors' continued dedication to preparing the next generation of nurses is commendable.''
Misericordia University BSN graduates achieved a 96.23% pass rate for first-time test takers between Oct. 1, 2018 and Sept. 30, 2019. Misericordia graduates exceeded the average national pass rate of 88.07% and the average pass rate in Pennsylvania of 91.61% for baccalaureate degree programs. Misericordia University NCLEX-RN test takers also had the highest pass rate for baccalaureate-degree programs in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties, according to NCSBN data.
"These pass rates reflect positively on our most recent graduates, but they only tell half the story about their dedication to the profession," said Assistant Professor Darlene Kuchinski-Donnelly, Ph.D., R.N.C., chairperson of the Undergraduate Nursing Department at Misericordia University. "Day in and day out, these students worked tirelessly to better themselves in classroom, simulation and clinical settings. Their hard work and dedication will enable them to be the best possible nurses in the health care field.''
Misericordia University features the oldest nursing program in the area and graduates more students in the health sciences than any other college or university in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers three undergraduate nursing programs: traditional, full-time nursing students; part-time evening program for adult students, and the RN to BSN Program. The undergraduate nursing programs meet the special educational and scheduling needs of adult and traditional students. They all lead to the Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree.
The Master of Science in nursing (MSN) program meets the special needs of current BSN registered nurses who desire an advanced practice specialization as a family nurse practitioner. Misericordia also offers a post-master's certificate as a family nurse practitioner for nurses who already have an advanced clinical master's degree and who wish to change or expand their practice focus to primary care. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education in health assessment, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic health conditions with expertise in health promotion and disease prevention. Graduate programming leads to the MSN and provides course work in a convenient part-time, one-day-a-week format.
The University also offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in two formats to accommodate the needs of busy health care professionals and in response to national demand in the field.
For more information about the nursing program at Misericordia University, please call 570-674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/nursing.
Misericordia University nursing students work on their clinical skills in the Erwine Nursing Lab in John J. Passan Hall. Misericordia University students who recently graduated from the Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing achieved a pass rate that was more than eight percentage points higher than the national average on the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses for baccalaureate degree students.