Nevada State College School of Nursing hires new Dean, celebrates 100 percent pass rate on NCLEX exam

May was a good month for the Nevada State College (NSC) School of Nursing. With the annual pinning ceremony on May 9th, during National Nurses Week (May 6-12), a 100 percent pass rate of Nevada State students on the nursing licensure exam, and the hire of new Dean & Associate Professor Dr. Neal Rosenburg, the School of Nursing has a lot to celebrate.

The School of Nursing is vibrant, growing and exceptionally successful in preparing students for not only the NCLEX exam upon graduation, said Dr. Rosenburg, but also in providing the students with the essential tools to become good stewards of health care in our clinical and community settings.

Recently, the first quarter Nevada NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) exam results showed a 100 percent pass rate among all NSC School of Nursing students. In 2013, the school boasted a 93.42 percent for the entire year.

Professor Ruby Wertz is the Assistant Dean of the Accelerated and Part-time tracks in the School of Nursing. She attributes the school's perfect pass rate to the diligence of their faculty. I don't think there's one particular person that makes this happen, Professor Wertz shared. All of the faculty members make an effort to make sure all students not only understand the information, but are able to apply it in a clinical setting.

As the new Dean, Dr. Rosenburg hopes to add to the school's development and success. Rosenburg comes from a very comprehensive background in the medical field, having worked and done research at numerous institutions, including Linfield College, Goldfarb School of Nursing and Washington University School of Medicine. Rosenburg says he is looking forward to bringing his knowledge and expertise to NSC. I would love to share my passion for global nursing among vulnerable populations with our students and faculty he said. Our students crave global experiential learning endeavors. We can make this happen for them. This is exciting, he added.

School of Nursing leadership believes the school continues to thrive due to both exceptional faculty and a unique approach. NSC, a young educational institution, offers a very nimble environment of operations as opposed to traditionally cumbersome, archaic processes to enact change within educational systems, Dr. Rosenburg noted. Professor Wertz agreed, saying, NSC is different from other institutions because we re based on a caring philosophy. We have small enough cohorts where we can take students individually and help them be successful.

Professor Wertz also credits ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute), a comprehensive assessment and review program utilized to prepare students for NCLEX, and the school's NCLEX and transition to practice prep courses. It's important to us to make ourselves available to students, she expressed. To not only teach them, but help guide and prepare them to be the nurses they want to be.

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