At the end of every nursing student’s baccalaureate career, he or she must face the National Council Licensure Examination, also known as the NCLEX. It is one of several examinations students must pass to obtain the licensing needed to become a registered nurse. Anderson University is proud to announce that 100 percent of the 2011 graduating seniors passed the test on the first try, a significant milestone for the AU School of Nursing.
“The School of Nursing strives to provide excellence in all areas of student instruction and preparation,” said Dr. Karen Williams, dean of the School of Nursing. “From entrance into the School of Nursing to graduation, every professor is invested in providing each student with a positive learning environment in the classroom through interactive learning, in clinical practice, and simulation.”
To prepare students for this crucial exam the AU nursing program utilizes Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI)® for review and comprehensive assessment that is designed to prepare students for the NCLEX throughout their nursing education. This program is divided into three phases: “Self-Assessment Inventory,” “Critical Thinking Entrance Assessment and Content Mastery Series,” and “NCLEX Preparation/Exit.” Collectively, this program prepares students gradually as their education progresses, instead of cramming information at the end of their college experience.
“The ATI system uses books, DVDs, and a website in order to prep us for content using questions that are NCLEX-styled,” said senior nursing major Katie Rattin. “This is also how the whole program tests. All of our tests are on the computer, with questions that are set up how NCLEX questions will appear.”
According to Williams, the School of Nursing has undergone a complete revitalization of its curriculum. Changes have been made to include the most up-to-date technologies and practice guidelines. “We have an emphasis on helping students move from memorization to experiential learning, which improves the ability of students to critically think,” said Williams. “We utilize fantastic clinical experiences designed to reinforce what is learned in the classroom. Our students also benefit by utilizing simulation and virtual learning scenarios.”
“SimMan® is a very beneficial tool that is used to provide students with a more realistic experience of caring for a patient,” said senior nursing major Sydni Terrill. “With the SimMan® as a tool, nursing students can participate in simulations that prescribe critical thinking skills, the use of proper technique, and teamwork to be demonstrated in order to efficiently serve the ‘patient’ in need.”
According to Williams, the School of Nursing strives to prepare students by teaching nursing content, assisting with test anxiety, and building test-taking skills. The success of this graduating class can be shared by both the students and staff of the AU School of Nursing.
“The NCLEX has many impacts on the life of a nursing student. It is the end goal in a nursing program. It depicts the ways in which a nursing student develops studying habits, skills, and techniques,” said Terrill. “The success of the class before me has given me confidence that the nursing program at AU prepared me for State Boards following graduation.”
— Kelly Gualdoni is a junior from Fort Wayne, Ind., majoring in communication arts. Gualdoni is an associate with Fifth Street Communications, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.