It’s National Nurses Week! If you happen to know any nurses (or be one yourself), you probably are privy to hearing all kinds of gruesome, fascinating, uplifting, heartbreaking, and gut-wrenching stories of everything they do and deal with in a day.
They are likely some of the most compassionate, motivated, determined, and strong (willed and otherwise) people you know. They have their own brand of humor and speak a nursing language that only other nurses understand. If you know a nurse, then I know that you are definitely in awe of all they do to help other people. It takes a very special person to be a nurse, and we here at Minnesota School of Business in Richfield are lucky enough to have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program here (and I’m lucky enough to have a nurse practitioner for a little sister, whose stories never fail to amuse and horrify me).
Our dedicated and talented nursing faculty members guide these students through a grueling (but rewarding!) three-year bachelor program. These amazing students have to balance academics with clinicals, jobs and families. And once they graduate, they have to keep up the hard work in order to pass the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) exam to become a licensed nurse.
And guess what? Our students are killing it on the NCLEX! According to the Minnesota Board of Nursing’s quarterly report, 15 out of 15 students (100%!) from MSB’s most recent graduating class who took the exam met or exceeded the requirements to pass. That’s well above the state national average, which hovers just above 90%.
“This is excellent, and goes to show what a wonderful program we have here, with wonderful faculty and staff and supportive administration!” said Elizabeth Riley, dean of nursing. “Thank you to everyone for the work you do. It matters.”
MSB’s pass rates have consistently gone up over the past few years, illustrating a statistical rise in the overall success of the nursing program with the NCLEX as a benchmark.
This report comes just six months after the Globe University/Minnesota School of Business Bachelor of Science in Nursing program became included as a chapter school member of the Chi-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.
So the bottom line is this: we are proud of you! From our current nursing students (the future nurses of the world!), to our graduates who are out there right now saving lives, to our nursing faculty—we appreciate all you do!
For all of you nurses out there—thank you, thank you, thank you! You are an inspiration (especially to those of us who squirm just thinking about a blood draw).