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January 2012

Eastern Nursing Students Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on Licensing Exams


Eastern Oklahoma State College nursing students
(From left) Shari Reich, EOSC McAlester campus sophomore student nurse from Lodi, Calif.; Kaylauna Monroe, 2011 EOSC Wilburton campus graduate from Quinton; and Beth Kennedy, 2011 EOSC McAlester campus graduate from McAlester perform a patient care simulation exercise at the McAlester Regional Health Center.

Eastern Oklahoma State College nursing students in Wilburton and McAlester achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their national licensing exams, well above the current national average of 88 percent.

According to the recently released exam results, 14 students from the Wilburton campus and 15 students from the McAlester campus passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on their first try. This is the second year in a row that McAlester students have achieved a 100 percent pass rate.

Passing the exam is required for any nursing graduate to become a licensed registered nurse.

“This significant accomplishment speaks volumes about Eastern’s students and the nursing program,” said instructor and interim dean of nursing Maye Durant, MS, RN. “Our students know they will receive the support and resources they need for success, both inside and outside of the classroom. We’re extremely proud of our students and their commitment to become skilled, professional nurses.”

Durant said Eastern is continually improving the quality of the nursing program with new technology and high quality instructors. Students focus on theory and practice, as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills, prioritizing management of patient care and safety.

“Our program wouldn’t be as successful without the support of our clinical partners,” Durant said. “Several organizations in our community have provided numerous resources, equipment and supplies to help our students learn and apply critical thinking concepts in our skills lab.”

The college receives support for its clinical lab from the McAlester Regional Health Center, the Choctaw Nation, McAlester Hospice, the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau, Heartland Hospice and Carl Albert Mental Health.

David Keith, president and CEO of McAlester Regional Heath Center, said the partnership is mutually beneficial as Eastern nursing graduates become valuable employees.

“I’m incredibly proud of our relationship with Eastern and the 100 percent pass rate is indicative of the quality of the nursing program in our region,” Keith said.

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