Recent events, from the COVID-19 pandemic to flooding throughout the central Michigan region, have challenged Mid Michigan College students like never before. For those students actively enrolled in the College’s rigorous Nursing Program, exceptional dedication was required to persevere through rapidly changing public health requirements as well.
“Even though our students have and continue to face unprecedented situations, they also continue to work hard and succeed beyond expectations,” shared Barbara Wieszciecinski, Dean of Health Sciences and Director of Nursing in Mt. Pleasant at Mid.
Upon the completion of their educational requirements, Mid’s nursing students must successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to obtain their license.
Nationally, the NCLEX pass rate for students with an associate degree saw a steep decline of 4.72% since 2019, from 85.17% to 80.45%. The decline is largely attributed to COVID-19 related challenges.
“A 100% NCLEX pass rate for students on both campuses is an annual goal for Mid’s nursing instructors,” noted Wieszciecinski. “We strive to prepare our students to succeed.”
In 2020, Mid’s Mt. Pleasant nursing students achieved the first 100% NCLEX pass rate for their cohort, and just one year later in 2021, Harrison nursing students have also achieved their cohort’s first 100% NCLEX pass rate. Each cohort continues to see high pass rates as future cohorts have completed testing.
“Each and every instructor contributes to the success of our students,” said Wieszciecinski. “From general education through all of their nursing courses, we give them a solid foundation and make them real-world ready to serve our communities.”
The steady increase in NCLEX pass rates for Mid students is just one part of a larger effort that began in 2019. Instructors and program leadership completely reimagined the nursing curriculum and became accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission, an autonomous accreditation organization that promotes excellence and integrity in nursing education globally through a values-driven accreditation process.
“During the process of accreditation, we brought in a consultant to help us ensure that Mid’s nursing curriculum would prepare our students to succeed,” explained Wieszciecinski. “Many instructors changed their teaching methodologies, we implemented additional simulations in lab environments, and reassigned courses to instructors based on their experience and skill strengths.”
Throughout every challenge encountered, Mid students and instructors continue to demonstrate excellence and the College continues to offer an exceptional opportunity for those students who seek to become nurses in this rapidly changing world.