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FSU adopts 'aggressive' changes to improve nursing program

Posted January 28, 2009

— Fayetteville State University’s nursing graduates had the worst pass rates in the state’s licensing exam last year, according to the state Board of Nursing.

Twenty-four of 61 FSU students last year passed the exam on the first attempt. The result gives the university a 39 percent pass rate – making it last among the state’s 60 nursing programs.

The state average pass rate is 88 percent.

It is the second year the FSU nursing program has had a pass rate below 75 percent. In 2007, the school's pass rate was 64 percent, according to Board of Nursing data.

UNC system policy states that any nursing program failing to pass at least 75 percent of its students for two consecutive years could be closed.

FSU Department of Nursing chairwoman Phyllis Morgan told WRAL News on Wednesday that since taking over the program in August she has implemented a number of programs to boost test scores.

“We have aggressively moved toward revising our curriculum,” Morgan said.

She said the department has hired two specialists to track student progress, offer mentoring and train students in test-taking strategies. “At the end of this year, we are expecting our numbers to significantly increase,” she said.

“We’ve identified weaknesses without our faculty. We’ve identified weaknesses with our students, and because of these challenges we’ve strengthened our program,” Morgan added.

James Anderson, FSU chancellor, said he has confidence the program will get on the right track. “The assertive approach is long overdue,” he said.

The FSU nursing program has been on probation for multiple violations of state rules since 2007 with the state Board of Nursing.

A surprise inspection last February found program materials did not adequately and accurately describe the course offerings and that classes exceeded maximum student-teacher ratios.

The Board of Nursing will be sending an education consultant to FSU, board spokesman David Kalbacker said. The board will meet on May 21 and 22 to determine the future of the program.


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  • colliedave Jan 28, 2009

    with too many students in the classes, it appears that the school is more interested in creating revenue than nurses

    It's not about too many students, but too many students that could not get in any other school. At many schools, noted profs will pack a lecture hall.

  • Scarecrow Cow Jan 28, 2009

    Pathetic. Just go ahead and close it in the interest of public safety.

  • hoyle Jan 28, 2009

    I hope the comment "Blame it on the tests being culturally biased" was sarcasm. Instead of blaming the test on culture bias- work on helping the schools culture to attain the level of the test by providing students with the extra instructions and training needed. Closing the schools nursing program is the easy way out.
    The nursing profession is not a easy 9-5 job earning good money. It is a lifetime commitment demanding hard work.
    I should know- I have been a nurse for 34years.

  • affirmativediversity Jan 28, 2009

    Typical FSU, blame it on everyone else BUT in this case it is DANGEROUS! Shut this tradegy waiting to happen down!

  • aspenstreet1717 Jan 28, 2009

    Close it down.

  • h2opapillon Jan 28, 2009

    with too many students in the classes, it appears that the school is more interested in creating revenue than nurses

  • Sidekick Jan 28, 2009

    Send them more money.

  • scarletindurham Jan 28, 2009

    close it before one of these "graduates" comes to a hospital near me!

  • Tolip Jan 28, 2009

    I have to say that I am just shocked, just shocked! Who would have thought it? After two years working to make the program meet minimal requirements, I am just shocked. *shaking my head* just stunned.

  • What The Deuce Jan 28, 2009

    Blame it on the tests being culturally biased.