Recent graduates of the University of the Virgin Islands School of
Nursing who took the National Council Licensure Examination for
Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) all passed on their first attempt,
putting UVI's May 2011 nursing class at a 100 percent pass rate.
All 16 students who earned Associate of Science degrees in Nursing
on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix passed the exam on the
first attempt, said UVI School of Nursing Dean Dr. Cheryl Franklin.
On the St. Thomas campus, nine of the 12 students who earned
Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing took the licensure exam. All
nine of those who have sat for the exam so far, passed on the first
attempt, Dr. Franklin said.
"I'm definitely very pleased," Dr. Franklin said of the pass rate.
"It reflects on the hard work of the students and faculty." She
said the ultimate goal of the nursing program is to prepare
students to provide quality care for patients. Passing the NCLEX-RN
is the first step in meeting that goal.
"The test is really when they are out there on those units taking
care of patients," Dr. Franklin said. She noted that recent health
care patient acuity studies, which measure patient requirements for
nursing care, show that many patients have multiple medical
problems and are being discharged from hospitals earlier than
before. That data means that nurses must be adequately prepared to
meet patient needs, she said. "We have tried to prepare our
students to be on top of everything," Dr. Franklin said. "I'm very
proud of the graduates and thankful for the faculty for working so
"Their education doesn't stop here," Dr. Franklin noted, adding
that all licensed nurses must continue their education to maintain
UVI's nursing programs are accredited by the National League for
Nursing Accrediting Commission.