Ninety-seven percent of recent graduates of Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing in Manhattan passed the RN licensing exam on their first try. The information was released in the official report of the New York State Education Departments Office of the Professions.
Our 2010 graduates performance was exceptional, Dean Janet Mackin, RN, EdD, said in a news release. Even more impressive is that our school had the highest pass rates of all associate degree programs in the New York City area. PBISNs pass rate also is 10% higher than the average pass rates for first-time test-takers in the country both baccalaureate and associate programs.
Lynn Rubenstein, RN-BC, MA, program chairwoman, credits the pass rate to the dedication of faculty and innovative curriculum changes.
Great teachers are not born; they are nurtured, and developing educators is something we do really well at PBISN, Rubenstein said. Marilyn Parker, RN, EdD, our associate dean, was instrumental in our success this year, laying the groundwork for the utilization of standardized testing systems for NCLEX prep. She also coordinates our very active academic advisement program where faculty have dual roles as educators and academic advisers.Lynn Rubenstein, RN-BC, program chair, right, credits Marilyn Parker, RN, left, for much of Phillip Beth Israels NCLEX success rate.
According to Rubenstein, faculty developed different NCLEX questions, emphasized critical thinking, strengthened research projects, implemented clinical evaluation tools and employed innovative curriculum tools, such as using skits, videos, art and games to present life-cycle stages. Another example is an interdisciplinary panel of experts who discuss life and health.
Perhaps the most innovative ideas developed because of the strong support of our dean, Janet Mackin she said. We now offer additional courses that focus on cultural diversity and help students acquire greater knowledge in assessment skills. For example, one nursing course related to the communication, observation and assessment of the elderly and uses theater arts such as storytelling, while another nursing course uses art as a tool to increase empathy, perception and communication. Students actually take trips to the Museum of Modern Art for this course.
Assistant Dean Bernice Pass-Stern, MS, MEd, also is proud of the contributions of the student services staff. They help students by providing financial aid, guidance and tutoring services, Pass-Stern said in a news release. They are the best team in New York City. Pass-Stern implemented a college work-study program and oversees the schools scholarship program of more than $500,000 annually.