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NMC Grad Narae Kang Passes NCLEX on First Attempt (November 7, 2014)

A nursing graduate of the Northern Marianas College recently passed the challenging National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on her first attempt. Narae Kang, who graduated from NMC last May, took the exam on October 22nd.

The NCLEX-RN tests an individual’s nursing knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level.

The exam is used by nursing boards in all U.S. states and territories to award nursing licenses.

“I wanted a great future in a career I loved,” said Kang. “I studied everyday and continued to think about the people I loved who kept me on track with my studies which motivated me to push forward.”

“I've been longing to become a nurse after I got inspired by Florence Nightingale,” Kang added. “I had to write a research paper about Florence Nightingale, and as I was doing my research I fell in love with her and couldn’t stop imagining myself becoming a nurse. I’ve had a few different types of jobs, but my clinical experience as a nursing assistant in Washington made me realize that becoming a nurse was more about helping people and making a difference in their lives.”

“First of all, I would like to give a huge thank you to NMC that offered me an opportunity to enter the nursing program,” Kang said. “I had been on the waiting list at other nursing programs in the states for more than a year before I transferred to NMC. I have met great instructors here and there was no way I could have made it this far without them.”

Asked what advice she would give other students who are preparing to take the NCLEX, Kang said, “Begin with a positive mental attitude. A little bit of stress is good to help you focus and to prioritize your time. Eat healthy and have some almond chocolate 30 minutes before exam!”

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