Lake Charles, LA - SOWELA Morgan Smith’s Fall 2020 Practical Nursing class achieved a perfect pass rate of 100% on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). The 11 students easily bested the NCLEX national average pass rate of 85.99%.
“I am extremely proud of this group of students on their recent achievement of passing the NCLEX PN. They had many obstacles to overcome during their time in the Practical Nursing program. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they moved from face-to-face classes to completely online. Then had to contend with Hurricanes Laura and Delta altering their Fall 2020 semester. They persevered through all obstacles and achieved a 100% pass rate for their class. This says a great deal about the dedication of the students and faculty,” said School of Nursing and Allied Health Dean Kristine Stout.
Currently, there is a major need for LPNs throughout the U.S. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the field to grow by 11% through 2028. The country also faces a nursing shortage as a large number of nurses are retiring from the workforce.
SOWELA plans to begin new cohorts for its Practical Nursing program at its Lake Charles campus in August 2021 and at its Oakdale site in January 2022. Prospective students can begin general education courses this Fall for the Oakdale program in preparation for the nursing program in the spring.
SOWELA’s Practical Nursing program consists of both classroom instruction and supervised clinical activities in accredited hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care agencies. Program content has been developed utilizing the Administrative Rules for the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE). The Practical Nursing program incorporates the concepts of holistic nursing, the hierarchy of needs, stress and adaptation, creative problem-solving, and psychosocial development.