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LSUA GRADS CONTINUE TO LEAD STATE IN RN TEST SCORES

Released: 02/22/1999

<p> The graduates of LSUA&acute;s nursing education program once again achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for the 1998 pass year. All 82 graduates earned passing scores on their first test attempt. </p><p> "Our graduates&acute; scores have consistently led the state for the past several years," said Ms. Wanda Guidry, Head, LSUA Division of Nursing. "I think the outstanding performance on the NCLEX can be attributed to hard work and discipline of the students as well as the dedication and quality instruction provided by the LSUA nursing faculty," she said. </p><p> Only two programs in the entire state earned perfect pass rates. LSUA&acute;s was the only associate degree program earning a 100 percent pass rate. The LSU Medical Center&acute;s graduates represented the only baccalaureate program with a perfect pass rate. </p><p> "As always, we are very proud of our nursing graduates," said LSUA Chancellor Robert Cavanaugh. "They continue to perform well above the state and national averages for the licensure exam, which is the result of an outstanding job by the LSUA faculty in educating the nursing graduates and preparing them for the exam." </p><p> The average pass rate for all nursing programs in the state was 91.72 percent. LSUA led all central Louisiana programs with 100 percent followed by Northwestern&acute;s baccalaureate program with 89.11 percent, NSU&acute;s associate degree program with 84.30 percent and Louisiana College&acute;s baccalaureate program with 84 percent. </p><p> LSUA administers the largest nursing education program in central Louisiana and continues to supply the majority of the registered nurses in local health care facilities. The program continues to enjoy full approval status by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing. </p><p> For more information on the LSUA associate degree in nursing, contact Ms. Wanda Guidry, Head of the Division of Nursing, at 473-6459. </p>