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Another NMC Nursing Graduate Passes NCLEX on First Try (December 2, 2009)

Another nursing graduate of the Northern Marianas College recently passed the challenging National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on the first attempt.

Cheolsu (Charles) Shin, who took the exam on November 19, graduated from NMC in May 2009. After graduating from Eucon International School in 2005, Shin started taking English classes at the College and eventually enrolled in the Nursing Program.

“I enrolled in the Nursing Program to gain skills that I believe would help me succeed in life,” said Shin. “The Nursing Program’s faculty and staff have been very supportive, passionate, and enthusiastic about ensuring that we students becoming successful nurses.”

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

“The NCLEX was tough, and at first, I didn’t think I had passed,” said Shin, laughing.

Shin now joins three other recent NMC graduates who took and passed the NCLEX on the first attempt. Leo Valeros, Mary Rose Alvarez, and Ji Hyun Kim passed the exam in October of this year.

“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.”

“The Nursing Program was quite challenging, especially my experiences in the clinic,” added Shin. “Overall, I enjoyed attending NMC because it has exposed me to a variety of people and cultures.”

“The College is extremely proud of Charles’s achievement,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez. “His hard work and preparation for the test has paid off and now he is ready to move into successful careers in a field he is passionate about.”

To fulfill military duty obligations, Shin now plans to return to South Korea where he aims to be a medic in the Korean army.

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