Malone University named as a top nursing school
Malone University’s nursing program was ranked as one of the top 50 schools from the Great Lakes region in the 2016 Nursing Schools Almanac. Colleges were evaluated according to student success on the NCLEX exam, the variety of nursing programs offered and the academic prestige of the institution.
The Great Lakes region is composed of 3,200 schools in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Malone ranked 47 because “the school incorporates evidence-based practice, cultural competence and simulation training into three nursing programs,” according to the Nursing Schools Almanac.
“Faculty members provide students with one-on-one support through both the Center for Clinical Learning and the Center for Study and Testing,” continued the Nursing Schools Almanac. “Malone’s four-year BSN program graduates 40-60 new nurses annually, and these students have passed the NCLEX licensure exam at an 87 percent rate over the past five years.”
This award was earned through a joint effort between the nursing students and faculty.
“It truly takes a village to create, operate and maintain a program that is ultimately worthy of recognition by our peers and constituencies,” said Debra Lee, dean of nursing and health sciences and associate professor of nursing. “Hearing from the people who are part of that work can give you a very real sense of their passion and commitment in a way that one person alone could not convey.”
Stephanie Reagan, associate professor of nursing and director of the registered nurse bachelor of science in nursing program, attributes this recognition to the students and their hard work.
“As faculty here, we are proud of our students,” said Reagan. “We have excellent students, and we are proud of the honor. We always receive great feedback from the community about our students.”
Stephanie Burgess, instructor of nursing, also affirmed the outstanding academic record of the students in Malone’s nursing program.
“They’re well rounded and have a good knowledge base,” Burgess said.
Nursing students are also proud of the award. Freshman nursing major Anna Hesseman is among the group.
“I’m really excited to be in such a great program. I feel like Malone’s nursing program is extremely successful because of the great professors,” Hesseman said. “In my short time here, I have experienced their passion and desire to help the students here succeed. I’m looking forward to being able to say that I received my nursing education from Malone University.”
Audrey Miller, senior nursing major, has been a part of Malone’s nursing program for several years.
“As a Malone nursing student, I can say that it is an honor to attend a school that is ranked and valued so highly among other nursing schools across the United States. I am very confident that after graduation I will be able to find a nursing job,” said Miller. “The education that I have received in the classroom setting has deepened my knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a nurse, and my experiences in the clinical setting have been beneficial in preparing me for a bright future.”
Despite the current achievement, Malone University’s nursing program has plans to keep improving in the future. Dr. Lora Wyss, professor of nursing, has high expectations.
“We want to continue to increase our number of students and strive for a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX,” Wyss said.
Tina Yu is a contributing writer for The Aviso