Since they graduated in May 2011, all 16 of Hiram College’s first bachelor of science in nursing students have successfully passed their NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) examinations, making them licensed R.N.s (registered nurses).
The program was a change for Hiram when it was approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2006, and it came about only after months of discussion over whether it fit into the college’s liberal arts curriculum. And the graduates found nursing fit in quite nicely with the liberal arts core that Hiram is known for, noting the emphasis on ethics and the whole person.
“Nursing is one ethical dilemma after another,” said Caitlyn Ruese ’12. “Going to a liberal arts school with a focus on ethics got me thinking about my own ethical dilemmas, and helped me be a better nurse.”
The students in the nursing class of 2011 created many opportunities within the College for Hiram’s nursing students to come: the Student Nurse Association, a support group for nursing students, and in addition, they were the first to travel with the College on its pioneer study abroad trip to Zambia in Fall 2010. The next Zambia trip will occur during Fall 2012.
Read more about the first graduates of Hiram’s nursing program.