If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a nurse, one of the hurdles to achieving that worthy goal is becoming licensed. The National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) that registered nurses must take before they can practice is comprehensive, challenging –and difficult to pass. But for the skilled nursing candidates of the classes of 2015 and 2016 from Charter College, there is currently a 100 percent pass rate. That’s right! Every Charter College registered nursing graduate who took the exam last year and all those who have taken the test so far this year have passed.
According to Charter College Director of Nursing Janice G. Floyd, the school’s excellent pass rate is attributable to a combination of factors, none of which is as important as the instructors training the next generation of nurses for success.
“I attribute our success to the quality of our faculty. We have a wonderful group of full-time nurses with a variety of specialties who teach our students,” said Janice.
It’s not just the teachers, but also how they teach, that works so well.
“Getting through a nursing ED program is really demanding. It involves long hours of studying a lot of content that students must fully absorb and then critically apply,” said Janice. “We start with intense remediation that is built into our curriculum and then use active learning strategies.”
Janice says that combination helps students pass the NCLEX, which emphasizes analysis and application, and also find success in their nursing careers. The strategy seems to work. According to Janice, Charter College students come from diverse backgrounds and many of them have taken alternative paths to find their calling. Some are nontraditional students, working while they attend school or trying to raise children on their own while they build a better life. Some of the Charter College students are starting second careers, and while many of the nursing students are women, almost one-third of the most recent class were men. The most recent graduates have all passed and most all of them are currently working in the careers they love.
The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program prepares students for registered nursing careers. Through classroom instruction, labs and clinical rotations, students learn how to provide comprehensive care as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. Focuses include such nursing specialties as medical-surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatric mental health, and gerontological nursing.
Charter College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and approved by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. The Nursing program is approved by the Alaska Board of Nursing. The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program at Charter College – Anchorage is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000, http://www.acenursing.org/.
Is your calling a career in nursing? Check out all Charter College has to offer and find out if you could become another one of our success stories.