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Nursing Class of 2013 celebrates
excellent NCLEX pass rate

Malone University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences was notified that its pre-licensure BSN class of 2013 has passed the NCLEX exam* at an impressive rate of 93.6 percent, compared to a national program average first-time pass rate of 83.04 percent.

Alumni who passed include graduates such as Kelsey Hadzima, who is now a PICU Nurse at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.

Hadzima writes, “I couldn’t have done it without the incredible dedication and knowledge (and prayers!) of Malone faculty.”

In addition to praying for their students, Malone faculty are deeply committed to ensuring that their students get a well-rounded experience.

“Our students take nursing courses during their first year and begin clinical experiences as sophomores. Faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a rich exposure to the nursing profession and the faith, knowledge and skills needed to become compassionate, competent nurses,” says Debra Lee, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “We are so pleased for our graduates and wish them great success in all they do!”

Another excellent feature of the nursing program is its Center for Study and Testing (CST), which provides nursing students with a quiet environment conducive to independent, effective learning, computer assisted instruction, available tutors, and the opportunity to practice online tests. Julie Hooley, BSN, RN, is the director of the CST.

Julia Wahl took her NCLEX exam in July and started working at a county-operated nursing home in Choteau, Montana in August as the charge nurse on her shift. She’s responsible for up to 26 patients, as well as supervising a team of nursing aides.

“My Malone education prepared me very well to start working as a nurse,” says Wahl. “Our teachers gave us a strong academic knowledge base as well as encouraged us to think critically and creatively. A lot of lessons I learned from my instructors such as being flexible and managing time and resources wisely, I've put into practice everyday at my job. Nursing is challenging and frustrating and incredibly rewarding! Nothing really prepares you for staying calm in an emergency or sitting with your dying patient, but I believe my education equipped me to handle those situations with grace. I learn something new everyday and I'm thankful I had a good education to help start my career!”
Julia Wahl
Julia Wahl (center) with classmates Jasmine Evans (left) and Christa Salem.

Nurses who graduate from Malone University are successfully working as nurses and nurse practitioners locally, throughout the nation, and beyond – as several alumni, Aleah Costilow and Monica Schmucker – have served on Mercy Ships, which offer health care to the poor in port areas around the world.

*To ensure public protection, candidates for licensure must pass an exam that measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) administers the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to assist state boards of nursing in making licensure decisions. Taking the NCLEX-RN is a capstone experience to baccalaureate pre-licensure nursing program graduates.