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Three More NMC Graduates Pass NCLEX on First Try (January 13, 2010)

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

Genevieve Bahatan, Ji Sook (Julia) Kim, and Emily Young, all of whom graduated from NMC in May 2009, took the exam last December and passed on their first attempt. They are currently three of eight recent NMC nursing graduates who passed the NCLEX test on their first attempt.

“On behalf of the entire nursing department, I congratulate these students for passing the exam on their first try," said Acting Nursing Department Chair and instructor, Pasquana Calvo.

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.

“Their accomplishment of such a feat is a testament to their determination to succeed in the medical field,” added Calvo.

As students 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.

Kim expressed her gratitude toward the NMC nursing instructors who encouraged them, backed them, and assisted them by sacrificing their time and going out of their way to help them become competent future nurses.

Kim and Bahatan are presently seeking to jump start their nursing careers at various clinics and hospitals on the island.

In addition, Bahatan and Young expressed their desire to further their education and develop their skills as nurses. Bahatan eventually wants to specialize in critical care and take advantage of the different opportunities offered in the medical field, while Young has many goals that include becoming a trauma nurse and a forensic medical assistant, and traveling around the world to offer medical assistance to people in remote locations with her husband, who is an emergency medical physician.

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