Nursing exam pass rates give JWCC something to brag about

Posted: Feb. 7, 2013 10:26 pm Updated: Feb. 28, 2013 11:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

John Wood Community College's 2012 nursing graduates topped both state and national pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination for registered and licensed practical nursing.

Ron Davis, vice president for instruction, revealed the test scores Wednesday night during the JWCC Board of Trustees monthly meeting at the 48th and Harrison campus.

"We continue to improve our nursing programs to provide the best-trained health professionals for this region," Davis said. "These latest pass rates show these JWCC nurses have the same as, if not better skills and knowledge, than their peers."

The school's associate degree in nursing graduates who took the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to earn registered nurse credentials achieved a 92 percent pass rate, compared to the state average of 91 percent and the national average of 90 percent.

JWCC's licensed practical nursing graduates scored 100 percent, well above the state pass rate of 85 percent and national pass rate of 84 percent.

Davis acknowledged that a consortium agreement with Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing has enhanced the quality of instruction during the final year of JWCC's associate degree nursing program.

"This has paid great dividends," Davis said.

In other business, the board:

º Approved the submission of a $15,000 grant request to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to increase literacy and adult education programming in Brown and Pike counties. An earlier such grant helped JWCC provide 2,293 hours of instruction to 51 adult learners in the first six months of funding.

º Authorized JWCC to apply for a Workforce Bridge grant from Bank of America. If awarded, the college would receive up to $8,000 to prepare unemployed or under-employed individuals for the JWCC workforce training programs.

º Approved the submission of a $14,000 grant application to the United Way of Adams County for continued support of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) medical transportation service. Last year, RSVP provided a total of 86,789 volunteer hours to 71 community organizations. JWCC hosts the Adams County RSVP program at the school's Kisncherf Center in Quincy and at its Pittsfield Education Center.