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The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, known as NCLEX-RN, is the standard test used to quantify a nurse’s knowledge and ability in patient care.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing (CON) proudly recognizes the recent success of the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) cohort that graduated in December 2017. This group of students achieved a 100-percent pass rate for the 2017 NCLEX-RN examination.

For more than 12 years, UW Oshkosh BSN students have exceeded the national NCLEX pass rate. The nationwide 2017 pass rate of first-time baccalaureate students taking the NCLEX-RN exam was 90 percent.

College of Nursing Dean Judith Westphal has high regards for this cohort and the college as a whole.

“We are very proud of their success,” Westphal said. “When I look at the photo of the students, I see more than just the students. I see all of the CON employees standing behind the students supporting them, encouraging them, helping them, providing guidance and teaching. Everyone contributes in some way to their success.”

Shelly Lancaster, director of Pre-Licensure Programs, is “extraordinarily proud” of these graduates and how their success reflects upon the college.

“Having state-of-the-art facilities is important as we develop caring and scholarly nurse leaders,” Lancaster said. “More important, is the faculty and staff in the College of Nursing. They are paramount to student success. Many faculty members not only teach but also practice in various healthcare organizations across the state.”

The NCLEX scores achieved by UW Oshkosh students have been a point of pride for the college for more than a decade. The scores are used by hiring agencies and nurse recruiters when appointing newly licensed, entry-level nurses.

More than 63 percent of the traditional BSN students graduating this past December were hired prior to graduation. The College of Nursing continues its mission to foster caring and scholarly leaders who positively impact the health care industry.

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