PLATTSBURGH — Recent graduates of Clinton Community College’s Nursing Program have proven not only that they can pass their courses but that they can meet national competency standards.
The college recently announced that its nursing class of 2012, comprising 40 graduates, achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination State Board of Nursing Licensing Exam.
The test, which nursing graduates must pass in order to continue working as registered nurses, measures the skill levels needed to perform safely and effectively in the field.
FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW
The accomplishment marks the fourth consecutive year in which Clinton Community nursing graduates have posted a pass rate on the exam well above those of the state and the country.
In 2009, 2010 and 2011, the college achieved pass rates between 94.3 and 97.1 percent. State and national pass rates ranged from 84.3 to 87.6 percent during that time.
“We always exceed the state and the national norms,” said Dr. Kathleen Kasprzak, director of nursing at Clinton Community.
”We’re very pleased with that.”
Kasprzak credited the success of the program to the hard work of students and faculty, as well as the support of the college’s administrators and clinical-site staff.
”Our outstanding faculty and staff are helping to ensure that Clinton County has a steady stream of top-notch registered nurses to meet the health-care needs of our community,” Clinton Community College President John Jablonski said in a statement.
The college, Kasprzak told the Press-Republican, trains its students not only to be bedside nurses but also to be critical thinkers who are often promoted to leadership positions.
“The Clinton Nursing Program has supplied the majority of the (registered nurse) workforce locally, and I think that our track record will speak for the vital role we play in our health-care system,” she said.