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NMC Graduates Pass NCLEX on First Try (November 4, 2009)

Three recent graduates of the Northern Marianas College recently took and passed the extremely challenging National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Leo Valeros, Mary Rose Alvarez, and Ji Hyun (Jin) Kim, all of whom graduated from NMC just a few months ago, took the exam in October and passed on their first attempt.

“The entire nursing department is extremely proud of these students as taking the exam and passing on the first try is quite a feat in itself,” said Nursing instructor Pasquana Calvo. “Their accomplishment is a testament to their determination to succeed in the medical field.”

The NCLEX 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 territory’s board upon meeting that board’s requirements without having to retake the exam.

The three graduates were active members in the College’s Nursing Club and donated much of their time and effort into promoting and assisting in the club’s many Community Health Awareness events. After graduation, they jumped straight into studying and reviewing for the NCLEX.

“The College uses the NCLEX as one of its key performance indicators to help us gauge teaching effectiveness and student achievement,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez. “For the past several years, Nursing graduates from the Northern Marianas College have consistently surpassed the national average in passage rates.”

“We are extremely proud of Leo, Mary, and Jin,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez.. “Their hard work and preparation for the test have paid off and now they are ready to move into successful careers in a field they are passionate about.”

The newly-licensed nurses are presently seeking employment at various clinics and hospitals on the island. They also plan on furthering their education and developing their skills as nurses.

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