Misericordia nursing students surpass national average on exam

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected] | January 1st, 2018 5:49 pm

DALLAS TWP. — Recent graduates of Misericordia’s nursing program have something to brag about, other than their bachelor degrees.

The newest grads achieved a pass rate on the licensure examination that was five points higher than the national average.

That test is the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, or NCLEX-RN, an exam run by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). It is designed to ensure nurses work safely and effectively.

Some 92.45 percent of Misericordia bachelor of science nursing students who took the exam for the first time between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017, passed.

Misericordia students exceeded both the national average pass rate and the state average. On average, 86.94 percent of those who take the test nationally pass the first time, with 91.1 percent of those in Pennsylvania passing the first time.

Misericordia also says NCSBN data shows Misericordia students had the highest pass rate of baccalaureate-degree programs in Luzerne County.

“We are extremely proud of our new nurses,” said Annette Weiss, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor and chair of the university’s Undergraduate Nursing Department. “Misericordia has a rich tradition of preparing clinically proficient, empathetic nurses who make a positive impact in the field, while also making a real difference in the lives of their patients and loved ones.”

According to a university press release, Misericordia’s nursing program is the oldest in the area.


By Patrick Kernan

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