NEWS RELEASE

Sept. 19, 2005
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University director of public relations (785) 594-8330

Topeka, Kan. — All 40 members in the May 2005 graduating class of Baker University’s School of Nursing passed the national nursing licensure exam on their first attempt, announced Kathleen Harr, vice president and dean of the School of Nursing.

The last time the school had a class with a 100-percent pass rate was with the
fall 1999 graduates. In the past four years, the school's average first-time pass rate is 90 percent. Success on the exam results in licensure as a registered nurse by the board of nursing in the state in which the test is taken.

The May class was the largest number of baccalaureate students to
graduate from Baker’s School of Nursing since the program began in fall 1991 on the Stormont-Vail HealthCare campus in Topeka. 

In the past three years, the number of graduates has increased by 35 percent. Most of the new nurses secure their employment before they graduate. They are working in acute care
hospitals on medical-surgical units and in specialty areas, such as critical
care, neonatal intensive care, obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency and in
surgery.

“The Baker University School of Nursing graduates are helping meet the nursing demand now and for the future,” Harr said.