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BYU Nursing Students Excel at National Exam

October 2013

byu-nursing © Matt Gade, Deseret News

Editor’s note: The nursing program at Brigham Young University succeeds in part due to donations from people like you. In addition to the donor-funded scholarships available in the nursing program, nurses are also greatly benefited by the mentored learning opportunities that are also provided by donors.

When nursing student Matt Anderson graduates, he and all of his classmates will have to take the national exam required for his profession. The exam can be up to 265 questions long, and covers four years of training material. It is no cakewalk, and changes made on April 1 made it even harder.

Fortunately, BYU students tend to do better than the national average at passing the test. Jasmine Burson, 23, of Murray, Utah, was one of those who recently passed. Jasmine recently graduated from the nursing program and passed the NCLEX in June. She now works as a nurse in the intensive care unit at Intermountain Medical Center, but she remembers feeling relieved when the test was over.

"I plan on keeping my license up to date so I never have to go through that experience again," Burson said. "The test covers everything you learn in four years of nursing school so you have to think back to all that."

(Read more at Deseret News)

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