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Calhoun prospective nurses ace national test

Students are looking forward to taking their nursing licensure exams once they graduate. (Source: WAFF) Students are looking forward to taking their nursing licensure exams once they graduate. (Source: WAFF)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Students are looking forward to taking their nursing licensure exams once they graduate.

They know it's a challenge.  

Bret McGill, the dean of Calhoun's Health Sciences division, said they are trained to be the best. 

"All of our graduates have to take that exam. It's the same exam that every nursing graduate in the country has to enter into the workforce. This exam is a moving target. Every three years the exam changes. Typically it becomes a little more difficult so that moving target is something we shoot for all the time," McGill said.

He said they work hard to make certain every potential nurse passes the test on their first attempt.

"We're always trying to tweak and develop and try to improve our curriculum and our delivery, so our students performed very well. Our December graduates had a 94 percent pass rate first time attempt," said McGill.

Sophomore Melisa Reese is hopeful about her future.

"It's a great feeling to be a part of a successful program.  A lot of my counterparts are graduated from this program and done well. They've picked up jobs quickly," said Reese.

"It definitely makes me confident that I will be in that 94 percent. Every time I complete a course at Calhoun Community College, with the nursing program, I feel much more confident and competent in my ability to be a nurse," said sophomore Audrey Phillips.

"It makes me feel like I made a good decision. Calhoun makes sure you are ready even with the classroom, the clinical experiences, they set you up for success," said sophomore Amy Suddeth.

Teaching students to become good nurses involves more than just learning in a classroom. It also involves hands-on experience.

An experience they hope will guide them to a successful future in the medical field.  

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