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Another NMC Nursing Graduate Passes NCLEX on First Attempt (November 25, 2010)

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. Maryliza Chata took the exam on November 12, less than six months after she received her degree in Nursing.

After moving to Saipan four years ago from her native Philippines, Chata enrolled at NMC to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.

“My parents’ inspired me to pursue nursing. My mom always dreamed of becoming a nurse, and then my dad died of a heart-related problem,” said Chata. “This really convinced me to pursue nursing because I wanted to be able to help others, and make my parents proud.”

Chata began preparing for the NCLEX-RN shortly before graduating from NMC in May 2010 and continued until the day of examination in November. During the summer, she also attended an NCLEX-RN review course that was coordinated by the CNMI Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in collaboration with the Community Development Institute (CDI).

“Maryliza not only passed the examination on the first try, but in record time as well,” said NMC Nursing Department Chairperson Rosa Tudela. “The NCLEX-RN is very challenging and critical to pass that’s why we are amazed and proud that she finished in less than two hours.”

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.

While Chata pursued her nursing degree at NMC, she was also actively involved the Nursing Club and served as the organization’s Public Relations Officer. As a member of the club, Chata participated in various community service activities, such as the CNMI Head Start Lead Screening in 2009, Walk-On-Wednesday events, and the NMC Health Awareness Fair.

“My most memorable experience as an NMC nursing student was when a patient I used to care for recognized me at a public event,” said Chata. “It made me really happy when he told me how much he appreciated the care I gave him; I really didn’t expect that.”

According to the long-time NMC nursing instructor Hervin Jacinto, currently 75% of the 2010 nursing graduates have passed the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt.

“We are very happy that many of NMC’s nursing graduates are passing the NCLEX-RN,” said NMC Interim President Lorraine T. Cabrera. “We also wish Maryliza the best in her endeavors toward a successful nursing career.”

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