Blinn nursing graduates post healthy 100 percent pass rate on national licensure exam

Hands-on simulations and committed faculty help Blinn nursing students provide compassionate, knowledgeable care

Hands-on simulations and committed faculty help Blinn nursing students provide compassionate, knowledgeable care

February 20, 2019

All 35 members of the Blinn College District Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program’s Fall graduating class have passed their nursing license exam on the first attempt, the College District announced during its regular Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19.

It marks the second consecutive Fall cohort – and the seventh in program history – to post a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The national average for registered nursing candidates in 2018 was 88.56 percent.

“Achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN is an outstanding achievement that requires tremendous dedication from our students, instructors, and staff,” said Tom Lescarbeau, Dean of Health Sciences. “We are extremely proud of everyone who made this feat possible, and we are excited to send such compassionate, knowledgeable nurses into our local healthcare facilities.”

Students who complete Blinn’s ADN Program and pass the NCLEX-RN have a job placement rate between 97 and 100 percent and are qualified for a wide array of nursing positions, including pediatric, geriatric, hospice, school, and clinical nursing. New graduates can expect to earn an average of $53,000 per year.

The Fall 2018 graduating class includes: Linda Irene Amaya (College Station), Tori Williams Appelt (Hallettsville), Erin Arendt (Gainesville), Stephanie Bailey-Cranford (Giddings), Amber Barlaan (College Station), Ashlee Carter (Bryan), Cassandra Cordoves (North Richland Hills), Alyssa Noelle De Luna (College Station), Taelor Deike (Austin), Andrea Earwood (Bryan), Gabriela Granados (Bryan), Madeline Harwood (Plantersville), Leah Huggs (Houston), Hannah Hunt (College Station), Jennifer Izard (College Station), Lauren Jones-Finney (Hughes Springs), Katelin Lanting (Bryan), Chandler Lewis (Brownwood), Hannah Love-Wiley (Spruger), Yecika Luna (Anderson), Madison McCalip (Seguin), Jeffrey Merrill (Norfolk, Virginia), Molly Mills (Buda), Elena Morgan (College Station), Marion Pate (Bryan), Caity Perry (Weatherford), Lauren Privett (College Station), Nancy Roberts (College Station), Maira Samaniego (Eagle Lake), Ansel Schulenberg (Dallas), Alexandra Steinkamp (College Station), Caroline Trent (Sherman), Madison Vacek (Weimar), Heather Vanadore Hartmann (Bryan), and Pensacola Watson-Ward (Bryan).

Nursing students spend at least two days per week in clinical rotations, in addition to lab, simulation, and lecture time. Most students spend 15 to 24 hours each week in scheduled program activities and dedicate at least 30 hours per week to study and preparation.

Blinn’s ADN Program emphasizes interactive learning opportunities via clinical experiences and its simulation and clinical labs at the Health Science Center. The 26,000-square-foot Simulation Center includes:

  • an emergency medical services skills/simulation lab with an ambulance simulator,
  • an operating room with attached scrub area,
  • 16 mid-fidelity private hospital rooms,
  • six low-fidelity private hospital rooms,
  • six high-fidelity intensive care unit rooms,
  • a physical therapy lab,
  • two radiologic technology x-ray suites, and
  • a virtual IV training room.

In other business, the board authorized the College to award a construction contract to Marek Brothers Construction, Inc., for renovations to Building 8004 on the RELLIS Campus. The project will enable Blinn to use the facility, located beside the Walter C. Schwartz Building, for faculty office space.

Trustees authorized Blinn to seek competitive sealed proposals from contractors for services related to the parking, grading, and drainage improvements project at RELLIS. The project would add parking controls, increase the number of parking spaces, and adjust the grading and draining adjacent to the Schwartz Building.

The board also authorized Blinn to negotiate and execute a workforce cooperative use agreement with The Texas A&M University System for building space on the RELLIS Campus.

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