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FSCC Nursing Department receives 2013 pass rates


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FSCC Nursing Department receives 2013 pass rates

Fort Scott, KS - Fort Scott Community College’s (FSCC) Nursing Department proudly announces their official notification of their pass rate for 2013.

“Thirty out of thirty-four from FSCC passed the national registry exam (NCLEX-RN) for an annual pass rate of 88.23 percent,” said Director of Nursing and Allied Health Bill Rhoads. “The passing standard or level of difficulty increased on April 1st, 2013.”

The national pass rate for all candidates was 83.04 percent and 81.43 percent for all associate degree programs. Rhoads said the fourth quarter pass rate for all candidates in the nation was only at 69 percent. This was lowest quarter pass rate since the National Council began publishing reports in 1993. In addition, the national rate of 83.04 percent was the lowest since 1983 when the National Council began releasing yearly reports. Rhoads feels like this is an indication of the increased level of difficulty on the NCLEX-RN exam. Historically, pass rates will rebound following the adjustment and will slowly rise until the next three-year adjustment is made in the national test plan, which is set for 2016.

“FSCC managed to finish this year above the national average for all candidates and for other ADN programs,” said Rhoads. “This reflects the hard work and success achieved by our students, faculty, and staff during this testing cycle.”

For more information, contact Bill Rhoads at billr@fortscott.edu or 620-768-2908 ext. 11.


FSCC Nursing Program announces award winners at fall pinning


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FSCC Nursing Program announces award winners at fall pinning

Fort Scott Community College’s (FSCC) Nursing Program announced three award winners at the Fall 2013 Nursing Pinning on Thursday, Dec. 12th, at 3 p.m. in the Ellis Fine Arts Center Theatre. Jennifer Sinn, Vickie Laderer and Nancy Merrell were honored for their outstanding efforts.

Jennifer Sinn, FSCC student nurse, was awarded the 2nd Level Professionalism Award. Sinn had to maintain a GPA of a 3.0 or higher, have above average clinical performance, no unsatisfactory clinical days, hold a professional appearance, be involved in extracurricular and departmental activities, demonstrate a positive attitude toward others and act as a role model and mentor to first level students.

“Jennifer is involved in church and her children’s activities,” said FSCC Director of Nursing and Allied Health Bill Rhoads. “She demonstrated leadership within her clinical rotation and mentored first level students to succeed through her own personal experiences.”

Vickie Laderer, FSCC student nurse, was awarded the Caring is Wellness Award. This award was created to recognize an overall, outstanding student. Laderer had to maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher, be a current, participating member in Student Nurses Organization (SNO), be involved in extracurricular activities, exhibit a caring and compassionate attitude to others, demonstrate responsibility to attend classes, clinical and SNO meetings, demonstrate above average leadership and communication skills and act as a positive role model to other students.

“Vickie pulled the Student Nurse Organization back together this semester,” said Rhoads. “They provided a drive to collect personal items for homeless veterans through the Wichita VA, collected food for the Beacon food pantry, adopted a local family for Christmas gifts and dinner, and provided assistance within the department including service at the Pinning Ceremony. Vickie demonstrated a can-do attitude that made her stand out as a recipient of this award.”

Nancy Merrell, shift supervisor in the ICU at Girard Medical Center, was awarded the Clinical Nurse for the Semester Award. Merrell was selected by nursing students as one of FSCC clinical agency nurses who went above and beyond to improve the clinical experiences for students.

“Nancy made herself available to students for teaching opportunities and role modeled professional nursing practice,” said Rhoads. “Students shared that she truly made clinical there a positive experience for them.”

The FSCC Nursing program pinned 26 nursing students during the ceremony. Many of the nursing students are looking to take their boards, start their careers and/or further their education in the nursing profession.

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