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Nurses achieve perfect pass rate

By   Erin Wood

Lake Region State College Nursing students are leading the state in national licensing exam pass rates.

In the second quarter testing period of April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015, LRSC Associate Degree Nursing graduates (RNs) posted a perfect 100 percent pass rate. All student nurse graduates that took the National Council Licensure Examination after completing coursework passed on the first attempt, said Karen Clementich, coordinator of the Lake Region State College Nursing program.

In fact, nursing students from all colleges in the Dakota Nursing Program (LRSC, Bismarck State College, Dakota State College at Bottineau, and Williston State College) posted a 100 percent pass rate during the 2nd quarter. The Dakota Nursing Program is a successful partnership of North Dakota University System colleges created in 2004 to respond to the state’s nursing needs.  The demand for qualified, safe, and effective nurses is critical throughout North Dakota.

Students in the Associate Degree Nurse program offered at LRSC, BSC, WSC, and DCB and students in other Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree nursing programs across the nation take the identical licensing exam to qualify to work as a registered nurse.

“LRSC does an excellent job in preparing nurses to start their nursing career. I am so proud of our students’ hard work and dedication making our program a success and contributing to the pass rate,” Clementich said.  

Julie Traynor, director of the Dakota Nursing Program, said the exam success can be attributed to a quality program led by excellent, engaged faculty.

“Our enthusiastic and dedicated faculty within the Dakota Nursing Program impact our students. Faculty dive into innovative processes, adapt to new technology quickly and use new techniques such as simulation to enhance student education,” Traynor said.

Such adaptability prepares student nurses for various real-world scenarios. The Dakota Nursing Program reaches students with a combination of face-to-face lab/clinical classes, simulation, and video networking at sites across the state to educate future nurses.

“Even though most of the Dakota Nursing Program campuses are located in more rural areas, thanks to simulation and sharing between the institutions, we provide a quality program and our graduates complete the program prepared for the work force,” Traynor said.

The pass rate is something the entire state can celebrate. North Dakota nursing students lead the nation in pass rates for the quarter.  The state nurses lead the nation with an average pass rate of 95.05 percent compared to a national average of 87.92 percent during the same quarter.

LRSC’s nursing program specifically offers practical nurse and associate degree nurse programming at the campus in Devils Lake and in Mayville. Practical nurse education also is delivered in Grand Forks. The LRSC practical nurse program at all sites has maintained a 100% pass rate for the past five years, Clementich said.

Established in 1941, Lake Region State College is a comprehensive community college. The college offers education in a variety of career and technical programs including wind energy technology, automotive technology, electronics, sign language interpreting, precision ag, marketing, business, and associate arts (transfer) degree for those planning to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree. 

Besides offering courses and degrees at its campus in Devils Lake, the college delivers its peace officer training program in Minot each spring, Bismarck each fall, Grand Forks and Fargo each summer; delivers nursing education in Mayville and Grand Forks; offers courses and degrees at the Grand Forks Air Force Base Education Center; offers a program called LAUNCH! that serves students in Grand Forks planning on transferring to UND; offers numerous degrees and courses online; and delivers early entry and dual credit courses for eligible high school students.