Western Nevada College’s nursing program has been recognized among the top 3 in Nevada by RegisteredNursing.org.
The annual registered nursing program rankings are based on current and historical NCLEX-RN pass rates, or more precisely, the percentage of graduates who pass the exam on first attempt.
WNC’s score of 95.46 was only surpassed by Great Basin (100) and UNLV (95.84) as 11 RN programs in the state were analyzed. The score is consistent with WNC’s recent NCLEX-RN exam pass rates: 95.12 percent in 2016, 100 percent in 2015 and 94.6 percent in 2014.
“It’s a college effort to support the program,” said Judith Cordia, WNC Nursing and Allied Health director. “There are great teachers in other divisions. It’s a combination of the liberal arts and nursing and allied health divisions working together collectively. The nurses at the clinical sites —Carson Tahoe Health, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Renown Regional Medical Center — we’re thankful for them because they play another major role in the education of our students. We couldn’t do it without them.”
In part, RegisteredNursing.org had this to say about WNC’s associate degree nursing program:
“With an excellent nursing program, nursing educators adeptly guide students toward effective communication, accountability and clinical knowledge so that graduates easily fill the gaps in area nursing care.”
Nursing programs were assessed on several factors that represent how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond, according to Sally Worthington, outreach coordinator for Registered Nursing.org.
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a registered nurse in Nevada is $81,460. Moreover, WalletHub reported that Nevada has the highest annual nursing salary when adjusted for cost of living.
To learn more about WNC’s nursing program, go to www.wnc.edu/nalh/.
For more details about the RegisteredNursing.org’s ranking of the nursing programs, go to www.registerednursing.org/state/nevada/#rankings.