November 23, 2009
The University of Maine at Fort Kent Nursing Division graduates once again ranked near the top among Maine’s baccalaureate nursing programs on their national nursing exam during the 2008/2009 academic year, according to statistics released by the Maine State Board of Nursing.
The UMFK nursing program posted a near-perfect 20 out of 22 (91 percent) first-time pass rate for its graduates on the national NCLEX-RN exam this past year.
UMFK was the highest-ranking campus in the University of Maine System. UMFK graduates achieved higher than the national first-time pass rate of 88.2 percent for graduates who sat for the exam during the October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009 time period.
“Our students are a great source of pride to all of us here at UMFK and throughout the St. John Valley. The outstanding scores achieved by the 2009 graduating class are indicative of the overall quality in our nursing program. Each student worked incredibly hard and put in countless hours in preparing for the NCLEX-RN examination. I am extremely proud of our students and of our faculty,” said Erin Soucy, director of UMFK’s Division of Nursing.
UMFK graduates have consistently achieved the highest NCLEX-RN scores within Maine, including five perfect scores since 2000.
The UMFK Division of Nursing has a rich tradition in its 28-year history. Since its inception in 1981, the UMFK Division of Nursing has served the needs of the St. John Valley and beyond by graduating caring, competent registered nurses.
NCLEX-RN is a national, standardized, multiple-choice exam for registered nurses developed and controlled by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The exam is application-oriented, related to the job functions most commonly required of entry-level RNs. The exam tests a student’s current medical knowledge, nursing competencies, determines their eligibility to earn a RN license, and to begin working as a registered nurse. ###