We've had many exciting developments since our last issue of Pirate Nurse Notes. It's been a busy summer and early fall here at the college!
I'm pleased to share that we have received 10 years of accreditation, the maximum granted by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This outcome is a real testament to the excellence of our programs, and I'm so thankful to each and every member of our organization for their involvement. It was a true team effort to make our accreditation process such a success.
The graduates of our spring 2015 class also have given us something to brag about: Bachelor of science in nursing grads passed the state licensure exam with a first-time pass rate of 96 percent. Alumni of our master of science in nursing concentrations in nurse anesthesia, midwifery, neonatal nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist each passed their licensure exams with a first-time pass rate of 100 percent.
Our high averages of first-time licensure exam pass rates is one of the things that makes our college distinct among nursing schools, so we applaud these accomplishments of our distinguished faculty and standout students.
On Aug. 27, we welcomed our newest nursing students with our Lamp of Learning Ceremony. This event celebrates our time-honored tradition of pinning first-semester nursing students to symbolize commitment to nursing. You can find details about this event and view a video recording by visiting our Parents page.
In this edition of Pirate Nurse Notes, I'm especially excited for you to read about the $2.5 million grant we've received from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support programs that improve health outcomes for older Americans. Be sure to review the calendar section for details on our Homecoming celebrations the week of Oct. 17. We hope to see you there!
Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor, East Carolina University College of Nursing