Roberta Waite, APRN, EdD, CNS-BC, assistant professor, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, Philadelphia, was honored March 11 with the Wellness Champion Award from the National Nursing Centers Consortium for her work with the groups mental health task force.
Waite was honored by Nursing Spectrum as its 2009 Nursing Excellence Award winner in the Mentoring category.
She also serves as associate faculty in the Center for Health Equality, School of Public Health and a research scientist at the Eleventh Street Family Health Services of Drexel University. Waites scholarly and research interests focus on mental health promotion, assessment, early intervention and treatment among vulnerable populations affected by depression, adult ADHD and psychological trauma.Mary Ellen Glasgow, RN
Drexel also announced that more than 98% of its College of Nursing and Health Professions students passed the Pennsylvania state licensing exam on the first try in 2009, a year when the school graduated the second-most number of nursing students in the state, according to recently released data from the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.
In the year ending Sept. 30, 2009, 335 of 340 Drexel students who took the state exam passed, giving the college a 98.5% pass rate.
Drexel uses year-end review courses, practice testing and a full-time faculty member to help struggling students prepare for the exams, said Mary Ellen Glasgow, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC, associate dean for nursing and undergraduate health professions, who helped design the curriculum.
I wanted to create a system to fulfill our ethical obligation to students who come here so that they can pass the exams, she said. To do high-volume, high-quality is quite difficult, and were thrilled as a college that weve been able to do that.