Union’s inaugural nursing students all granted board licensure

Published on
September 07, 2016

Union’s inaugural nursing class all granted board licensureAll 14 of Union College’s pre-licensure nursing graduates have earned full licensure to practice as registered nurses. The group of students entered the program in 2012 as Union’s inaugural class and have set a benchmark for students in the program to follow.

“Having all of your inaugural class pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses is just unheard of,” said Dr. Marisa Greer, Union’s Dean of Nursing. “This speaks volumes as to how well this program is organized, the passion our nursing instructors have for teaching and the fortitude of our students in becoming the best in their profession.”

“For a new program to achieve this level of success is a testament to the dedication of our nursing faculty and to the personal attention each Union student receives,” said Dr. Marcia Hawkins, Union College President. “I am confident that our BSN graduates will raise the bar in patient care wherever they are employed.”

The Class of 2016 graduated from Union College in May, each receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing. National licensure is the final stage of their entry into a career in nursing. Once students graduate, it is up to each student to independently schedule the NCLEX exam and work toward licensure. Dr. Greer said the first student gained licensure in June, while the last student in the group was granted licensure on September 6.

Dr. Greer says all of the students that interviewed for nursing positions were offered jobs prior to graduation and issued provisional licenses to practice. At this point, Union’s inaugural class is 100 percent nationally certified and 100 percent employed.

“We work hard to maintain good relationships with each of our clinical partners,” Dr. Greer said. “Those same partners quickly saw the quality of students we have in this program and were eager to bring them into their facilities and aboard their health care teams.”

Dr. Greer said three of the students are practicing out of state, returning to their respective hometowns for employment. 11 of the students went to work immediately in the tri-county area around Union College.

“It is very gratifying to know these students are working hard to improve the level of healthcare in their communities and right here in eastern Kentucky, where improved access to healthcare is crucial for our residents,” Dr. Greer said.

Union’s inaugural class includes Chad Abner, Barbourville; Tanner Broughton, Barbourville; Marissa Campbell, Brighton, MI; Lauren Chaney, Hazard; Erin Cooper, Corbin; Karen Fisher, Lincoln Park, MI; Kelli Hensley, Berea; Molly Hunter, Pineville; Kari Jamerson, Barbourville; Heather Selby, Troy, OH; Kara Smith, Barbourville; Kendra Taylor, Pineville; Krista Taylor, Clifton Forge, VA and Abigail Tigue, Pineville.

Union College established the Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing in 2010. At that time, registered nurses could enter the program to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 2012, Union launched the pre-licensure phase of the program allowing students to earn a traditional four-year degree in nursing.

In 2016, the Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing was expanded to include a fully online RN-BSN program to accommodate working nurses throughout the region. Union’s programs are accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools, Commission on Colleges; the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Currently, Union College has 106 students enrolled in the pre-licensure BSN program, 30 of which are on track to graduate in the next two years, and 33 students enrolled in the RN-BSN program.

To learn more about Union College’s Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing, please visit www.unionky.edu/nursing.