BATON ROUGE, LA -- All 12 of BRCC's fall 2016 Associate of Science in nursing (ASN) graduates passed their NCLEX - National Council Licensure Examination. The exam is a standardized test that each state board of nursing uses to determine if a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice, after obtaining an accredited nursing degree. The program at BRCC is responsible for educating 336 Louisiana nurses since 2009.
"We applaud our nursing graduates for collectively performing exceptionally well on such a rigorous exam, and we wish them all the best as they begin their new careers as Registered Nurses," said BRCC Chancellor Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib. "Bringing to this state more than 300 licensed nurses in fewer than 10 years is the type of investment Baton Rouge Community College is proud to continue making in Louisiana."
The BRCC ASN program has an overall pass-rate of 96 percent, since its first students tested in 2009. BRCC graduates also perform significantly better than the state and national averages. The 2017 state average pass rate was 89 percent, while the national rate was 85 percent. Once the graduate passes the exam, the Louisiana State Board of Nursing issues the tester a license-registration number. Upon receiving this number, he or she is officially a Registered Nurse (RN).
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nursing field is expected to grow 19 percent with over one million job openings available by 2022, creating a huge shortage. Registered nursing is designated a five-star profession by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, as the labor demand for RNs is high, and salaries are competitive. The Louisiana Workforce Commission estimates 420 annual RN position openings in the Baton Rouge area.
BRCC works closely with employers to maintain a qualified new-applicant pool.
"BRCC graduates work at all local, major, healthcare facilities and in diverse departments," said BRCC Nursing Chair, Tawna Pounders, MNSc, RN, CNE. "If the nurse graduated from BRCC, expect to be in good hands."
BRCC's Nursing Program is designed to provide excellent nursing education to diverse learners who improve the quality of health care for our multicultural community. ASN is a five semester, 72 credit program designed to provide educational opportunities for individuals to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, values, and competencies required for safe nursing practice. The curriculum is based on the Educational Competencies for Graduates of Associate Degree Nursing Programs of the National League for Nursing.