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Released: 03/10/1998

<p> Louisiana graduates ranked #1 in the nation for having the highest pass rate on The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) for the July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1997 year, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. </p><p> Of the 1,732 Louisiana graduates who took the examination for the first time during this time period, 93.07 percent passed. The national average was 87.47 percent. </p><p> Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) graduates for the same time period averaged a 95.5 percent pass rate. This figure surpasses the state average and is well above the national percentage. </p><p> The licensure examination is based on actual job analysis studies and reflects knowledge and skills essential for meeting needs of clients. Since Registered Nurses comprise the largest segment of health care providers, the public can be assured of receiving quality health care. </p><p>LSUA&acute;s nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing and approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. </p><p> For more information about the nursing program, contact Wanda Guidry, head of the Division of Nursing, at 473-6459 </p>