Friday, September 12, 2014 - 5:13pm

The May 2014 graduates of the nursing program on JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean achieved a 100% on their first attempt to pass the national licensure exam to become registered nurses.

Each of the 29 students completed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing over the summer. The exam measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as an entry level nurse.

Dawn Columbare, director of JCC’s associate in applied degree in nursing program, noted the first quarter average overall pass rate for New York state was 77% and the national rate was 86%. The first quarter is April 1 through June 30.

Of the 52 students who graduated from the Jamestown Campus nursing program, seven have not taken the exam yet. However, the current pass rate for the 45 Jamestown Campus graduates who have taken the exam is also 100%.

“We applaud the achievement of these JCC nursing graduates,” said Dr. Columbare. “We are particularly grateful for the excellent job done by nursing faculty as well as their colleagues in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and other areas to enhance the success of these students.”

She also noted that area hospitals and other healthcare agencies participate in the education of nursing students by providing practice opportunities for students with clinical faculty members.

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