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NMJC Nursing Students Ranked Number One in the Country

11/6/2015 10:39:52 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. Nursing students at New Mexico Junior College have been ranked the number one group of nursing students in the country by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The ranking is based on the percentage of graduates passing the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) exam the first time between April and September 2015.

“The dedication and passion of the nursing staff to ensure that students excel in their chosen field is immeasurable,” says Dr. Steve McCleery, president of New Mexico Junior College.  “We are extremely proud of their hard work and commitment to prepare these students for this time-honored profession in the healthcare field.”

100% of the 21 NMJC nursing students passed the NCLEX-RN test during this reporting period (a grade of 80% is needed to pass). The students were compared with all Registered Nursing programs in the United States and its territories, for either an Associate Degree, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or a nursing diploma.   The average nationally to pass the test was 83% out of 1,947 nursing programs.  In New Mexico, the average was 94%.

“Our nursing students come to NMJC with a passion to help others,” says Delores Thompson, Director of Nursing. “The program is not easy, but our nursing staff is committed to training them with the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful. Being ranked number one is a tribute to both faculty and students, and the hard work they have accomplished.”

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, there is a huge need for registered nurses in the U.S., as Baby Boomers age and the need for health care grows. Opportunities for nursing will continue to expand, as nurses are needed at hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, private homes, physician offices, and other non-traditional environments.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the demand for Registered Nurses in the workforce is expected to grow 19% by 2022.

“We feel an obligation to our students and the community to provide the best trained nursing graduates possible,” says Thompson. “Our faculty will continue to keep up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques to guarantee our students have the best education possible”.

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

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