Title : Running a successful nursing education program: A comprehensive evidence-based approach
Nursing programs, unlike many others, are unique in their compositions, expectations, and demands. The nursing programs in the United States are mandated to record yearly first-time passing rate of at least 80% by the state board of nursing in which they are located. Failure to reach this benchmark within a specified period will certainly incur the wrath of state regulators. Many nursing schools have been sanctioned and closed because of failure to meet mandatory 80% pass mark in National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Few programs exist today that is high, strictly, and compulsively regulated as nursing programs in the United States of America.
Understanding the uniqueness of a nursing program starts from the meaning of nursing itself, nursing is a combination of art and science that encompasses human caring. No other profession adequately fit this definition. Study of most courses start from kindergarten; language, mathematics and many more starts from this level. By the time a student attend college, he or she is familiar with these subjects that were introduced since kindergarten, but not nursing, by the time an average student is admitted to nursing school, that student is a complete stranger to the study of nursing. Unlike mathematics, geography, English language, the student is starting from the scratch.