Graduates of Illinois State's Mennonite College of Nursing achieved a 98-percent pass rate on the national nursing licensure exam in 2012 (WJBC file photo)
By Eric Stock
NORMAL - Illinois State University nursing students are passing with flying colors.
Ninety-eight percent of ISU's Mennonite College of Nursing graduates passed the national nursing licensure exam last year, exceeding state (91 percent) and national averages (90 percent). Nursing Dean Janet Krejci said students at Mennonite are taught critical thinking - things you can't learn in a textbook.
"In the moment, no matter how much you know, patient situations are so complex, that when you walk into a room and there's something going on that's not common, you have to have someone who can critically think, make good judgments, make good decisions while maintaining a relationship with a patient," Krejci said.
Krejci said ISU is better preparing nursing students for the workforce as more hospitals are seeking nurses with a four-year degree.
"There are hospitals that prefer a bachelor's degree, especially in the bigger cities. That positions our students in a better way," Krejci said.
Krejci said the college continues to exceed state and national averages for getting nurses licensed.
"It really is a testament to the quality of our students, their commitment and hard work and our faculty are pretty fabulous," Krejci said.
The licensing exams are reported by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.