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School of Nursing sees increase in number of students who pass nursing exam

A newly released report shows that students who graduated from the New Mexico State University School of Nursing in 2007 did remarkably well on the NCLEX examination, an exam required to obtain a license as a registered nurse. Ninety-Six percent of NMSU graduates who took the exam passed it, an increase from 91 percent in 2006.

Esperanza Villanueva-Joyce, the associate dean for nursing education and the director of NMSU's school of nursing, believes the increase is a direct result of NMSU's investment in providing start-of-the-art nursing skills laboratory services to students and continued training for faculty.

"A lot of credit for the success of the nursing program goes to our faculty, who are committed to seeing our students succeed," said Villanueva-Joyce. "Faculty participate in teaching academies to keep them on the cutting edge of technology and trends in nursing. The knowledge obtained during these trainings is directly passed on to the students."

Villanueva-Joyce also credits the program's success to the open labs provided to students so they can continually practice their nursing skills, and to available tutors who are on hand to assist students when needed.

The NCLEX, or the National Council Licensure Examination, examination is designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry-level. NCLEX is a computer-adaptive test that can be taken anytime throughout the year by students who graduated from a nursing program. If the student passes the exam, they become a registered nurse and can work anywhere in the U.S.