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NMC 2011 Nursing Graduate Passes NCLEX on First Try (August 16, 2011)

Northern Marianas College nursing graduate recently passed the challenging National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on the first try. Julie Hall took the exam on July 26, 2011, about a month after she received her degree in Nursing.

Hall describes her experiences at NMC and in the nursing program both “challenging and very fulfilling.” As an NMC student, Hall was an active member of NMC Nursing Club and participated in various health screenings and health outreach events in the community. Hall was also recognized at the 2011 NMC Nursing Graduates Pinning Ceremony and given the academic excellence award. She later graduated from NMC magna cum laude.

“I think it is important for everybody to know that I’m 36 years old, a wife and a mother of three children, and I was able to accomplish something that I never dreamed was possible ten years ago,” said Hall. “If I can do it, I’m sure other people can do it too.”

Although Hall took time to rest for “approximately two weeks” after graduating in May from NMC, she began reviewing for the NCLEX-RN with fellow nursing graduates in a review course coordinated by the CNMI Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in collaboration with the Community Development Institute (CDI).

The NCLEX-RN tests an individual’s nursing knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. The exam is used by nursing boards in all 50 United States and all U.S. territories to award nurse licenses. Licensed nurses may have their credentials endorsed by a state or a territory’s board upon meeting board requirements without having to retake the exam.

“I can’t say enough how critical passing the NCLEX-RN is to beginning a career as a registered nurse and that it is also a very difficult exam,” said NMC Nursing department chairperson Rosa M. Tudela. “We are very happy for Julie for passing the NCLEX on her first try and for working hard to accomplish this in only a few weeks.”

“My accomplishments would not be possible if not for my teachers and mentors at the NMC Nursing department, and Emily Young for her support,” said Hall. “Most of all, I want to thank and express my appreciation to my kids and my husband for their understanding, kindness, and patience during such stressful times.”

Hall currently hopes to begin working as a nurse as soon as possible. She is also considering pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

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