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All of Henderson's nursing students pass.

For the second consecutive year, nursing students from Henderson State University at Arkadelphia have had a 100 percent passing rate on the state board exams for schools with registered nurse baccalaureate degree programs.

According to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, 24 Henderson students took the exam and all 24 passed, giving the university a 100 percent pass percentage.

Harding University at Searcy had a passing percent of 94.7 with 38 students taking the test; University of Central Arkansas at Conway had a passing percentage of 92.7 with 55 students taking the test; and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock had a passing percent of 92.5, with 107 students testing.

"As small as our department is, this is a tribute to the faculty who are absolutely dedicated to our students," said Dr. Rebecca Patterson, chair of the department of nursing at Henderson. She added that she would have been happy with a 90 percent pass rate.

A nursing shortage in Arkansas has been identified and studied by the Arkansas Legislature, which found that the state needs 1,925 new registered nurses each year to keep up with the state's growing demand. In 2002, only 683 students graduated as RNs.
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Title Annotation:HOSPITAL NOTES
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Oct 17, 2005
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