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Highland Nursing Program Recognized/Celebrates Nursing Week

Highland Nursing Program Recognized/Celebrates Nursing Week

Highland Nursing Program Recognized/Celebrates Nursing Week

During the quarterly Kansas State Board of Nursing Education Board Meeting held in March, the Highland Community College nursing program was recognized for the distinction of having its RN class of 2014 have a 100 percent first time pass rate on the licensure exam – all of the student nurses in the program passed their licensure exam the first time they took it.  The Highland program was the only program to achieve this accomplishment out of all of the RN programs in the state of Kansas, which includes Associate Degree in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs.  This was truly a distinctive recognition.

HCC Nursing Program is above the national average for both RN & PN programs and in the top 35% of all Kansas practical nursing programs.  Nursing instructor Julie Martinez notes that the program’s success is the result of a combination of the program’s vigorous curriculum, testing preparation materials that provide the students with outstanding practice activities and a chance to increase their knowledge, the cutting edge simulation lab which includes a family of computerized simulated patients, and clinicals in area health facilities that provide the students the opportunity to practice their book knowledge, all coupled with strong leadership and an excellent faculty. 

Congratulations to program director Cynthia Jacobson and her team of instructors – and to the RN class of 2014.  This is a terrific accomplishment.

Julie Martinez – RN Lead Instructor

Melissa Cook – PN Instructor

Stephanie Glenn – PN Instructor

Amy Burris- Clinical Adjunct

Mabel Morton- Clinical Adjunct & Online Instructor

Melissa Tenbrink – Clinical Adjunct

Cheryl Vanwey – Adjunct Instructor

Rebecca Houghton- Clinical Adjunct

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And, as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week. The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896 and conducts celebrations on these dates to recognize the contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community.  The Highland program celebration will be especially meaningful this year as it celebrates this unique accomplishment by its students and faculty.

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