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11/7/2014 9:40:24 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has ranked the graduates of New Mexico Junior College’s nursing program in the top ten percent of all nursing students in the nation.  The rankings are based on the percentage of graduates passing the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) exam.  All state boards of nursing require students to pass this exam to be licensed as a registered nurse.

“We have known that our nursing program exceeds the standards set by the state,” comments NMJC President Dr. Steve McCleery.  “To see the rankings nationally is a testament to the dedication of the nursing staff and their hard work to prepare students for excellence in their chosen field.”

The NCLEX ranking compared students passing the test for the first time from April 2014 through September 2014.  A grade of 80% is needed to pass.  Twenty-seven students from New Mexico Junior College took the test during this time period, with a 96% passing grade.  This placed the NMJC graduates at 153 out of 1,904 nursing schools in the country.

“We are extremely proud of our students and our faculty,” says Delores Thompson, Director of Nursing at NMJC.  “The mission of the nursing program is to promote success through learning by facilitating the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by nurses to provide legal, ethical, safe, and effective nursing care.  Our NLCEX-RN pass rate clearly reflects that we are fulfilling our mission".

The U.S. Board of Labor Statistics projects a 19% increase in job opportunities for registered nurses by the year 2022.  According to their website, this demand will increase due to the aging population, who will have more chronic conditions such as arthritis, dementia, diabetes and obesity.  With more individuals having access to healthcare as a result of federal health insurance reform, more nurses will be needed to care for these patients.

“With the need for nurses now and in the future, New Mexico Junior College will continue to provide a high-quality education program, to ensure the best training for the students, and the best in healthcare for the community,” says McCleery.

For more information contact:

Delores Thompson, MSN, RN, CNE, FNP-BC, Director of Nursing: or 575-492-2519

Dr. Steve McCleery, NMJC President, or 575-392-5004

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