ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College 2017 nursing graduates recently marked a milestone in the program’s history by achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The standardized exam is used by each state board of nursing to determine whether a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice.
“To our knowledge, this is the first time in the history of our program that everyone in the class has passed the exam,” said Chair of the Davis & Elkins College Division of Nursing Dr. Threasia Witt. “We (the Division of Nursing) were so overjoyed that we could not think of anything else.”
In place in the United States since 1994, NCLEX is a nationwide test that replaces the previous individual state board exams. Candidates take the exam in a controlled environment testing center where they are presented with a maximum of 265 questions they must complete in six hours.
“I am overjoyed for each of our students as the mastery of the NCLEX demonstrates superior knowledge in their field of study,” said D&E President Chris A. Wood. “Congratulations to our nursing faculty for a job very well done. The stellar reputation of the D&E Nursing Program is only enhanced by this significant accomplishment.”
Preparation for the test is a lengthy process. Davis & Elkins nursing students are required to take Nursing Concept Synthesis, a course taught by Associate Professor of Nursing Melissa McCoy that covers the objectives of the NCLEX and prepares them for the test. Many of the students followed up with a review course, offered by various testing agencies, after graduating this spring.
“In the course this spring, we increased the content and number of resources,” McCoy said. “The students had daily assignments and were given questions every class period. For their homework, they were required to do 50 questions per day.”
The questions, similar to those on the NCLEX, are designed to adapt to each student’s competency, McCoy explained.
“I looked at whether they leveled up or I could tell if they were deficient in an area,” McCoy said.
While the students credit their success to the support of the D&E nursing faculty and course content, Witt and McCoy say it was the students’ efforts that led to their achievements.
“Really, the students get the credit,” McCoy said. “They put in the daily effort, used their resources and took review courses after graduation because they wanted to make sure they succeeded. It was their hard work.”
Members of the 2017 nursing class are: Elizabeth C. Arbogast, Bartow, W.Va.; Macey K. Bennett, Hambleton, W.Va.; Dustin T. Bower, Mullens, W.Va.; Meagan M. Burgess, Elkins; Sydney F. Curtis, Belington, W.Va.; Sarah J. D’Angelo, Belington, W.Va.; Chantal M. Elza, Cleveland, Ohio; Ashley N. Enterline, Hopewell, N.J.; Erin N. Herron, Elkins; Andrea M. Jones, Elkins; Rachel P. Jones, Hacker Valley, W.Va.; Tiona L. Kapnicky, Fairmont, W.Va.; Rodnitta R. Miller, Buckhannon, W.Va.; Lindsey L. Pifer, Elkins; Courtney M. Poling, Thomas, W.Va.; Emily M. Shreve, Elkins; Kayla D. Simmons, Elkins; Haley A. Smoot, Elkins; Andrea E. Thornhill, Elkins; Danielle N. Vild, Belington, W.Va.; Elizabeth D. Williams, Ellamore, W.Va.; Ridgley N. Williams, Mill Creek, W.Va.; and Abigail Z. Wittig, Troy, Va.
All of the students have secured employment in the nursing field. Witt said typically, most D&E nursing graduates are employed within six months after receiving their diplomas and the majority of them have job offers before they graduate.
The Davis & Elkins College Division of Nursing prepares students to function competently and safely at the beginning staff level position, and provides the foundation for upward mobility into higher levels of nursing education. The Associate in Science degree in nursing curriculum combines selections from the liberal arts and related cognates with courses from the professional major. In addition, the concept of educational mobility is incorporated, allowing LPN students to enter the curriculum with advanced placement. The online RN-BSN Degree Completion Program is designed for working RNs who are adult learners and is offered in three consecutive 16-week rotations that can be completed in 12 months. Plans are underway to implement a traditional baccalaureate program.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.