TTUHSC El Paso Nurses Present at National Nursing Development Conference

Three faculty members in the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) were invited to present their research at this year’s American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Faculty Development Conference.

Held in Anaheim, California Nov. 16 and 17, the conference focused on success strategies for nurses who teach in baccalaureate and higher education settings.

Nursing instructors Laura D. Rodriguez, R.N., and Meghan Monney, R.N., and Assistant Professor Azucena Ortega-Madani, R.N., presented their research on increasing student pass rates on the National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses (NCLEX). Nursing schools across the country have experienced difficulty preparing students for the exam — including the GGHSON’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program. “There’s always room for improvement when it comes to a university’s pass rates, so we decided to tackle our own exam issues,” says Monney.

The team took critical steps to combat the problem, including revising the school’s admissions policy and creating educational progress standards that students are required to follow throughout the program. They also added content-specific exit exams for students to take prior to completing each course. Students who did not do well on these exams were required to take remediation courses.

The nursing changes worked, and NCLEX pass rates increased to 93 percent for the Accelerated B.S.N. program.

“We were so excited to see our institution achieve dramatic, sustainable increases in NCLEX pass rates,” says Rodriguez. “We hope that by sharing our research at the AACN conference, we helped other institutions be as successful as we have been.”