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Two More NMC Nursing Graduates Pass the NCLEX (January 19, 2015)

Two more Northern Marianas College students have just passed the challenging National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NLCEX-RN), joining the other NMC students who also recently passed the same exam.

John Lizardo and Angela Prado, who graduated from NMC in May 2014, took the exam on December 2014. “When they were students, I had an opportunity to see John and Angela apply their nursing knowledge and skills gained throughout their training in the care of their assigned patients,” said Rosa Tudela, NMC Nursing Department Chairperson. “They both demonstrated safe nursing practices under my supervision, and I was quite pleased with their progress and growth throughout the semesters.”

“After graduation, they pursued studying for the NCLEX-RN exam, and I am very happy and proud that with their perseverance, they passed the NCLEX-RN exam in December of 2014 and are now licensed to practice as Registered Nurses in the CNMI,” added Tudela. “Congratulations, John & Angela! Well done.”

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 the states and all U.S. territories to award nurse licenses. Licensed nurses may have their credentials endorsed by a state or a territory’s board upon meeting board requirements without having to retake the exam.

For Prado, working in the field of medicine has always been a dream. She chose nursing, she said, “mostly because I like being able to help people out in any way I can.” She also acknowledged that her success could not have been done without the motivation and support of her family “especially my mother who did not pressure me to work which allowed me to study.”

“NMC also prepared me well for the exam,” said Prado.

Prado shared her advice to students who plan on taking the NCLEX exam by stating that, “There is no other way but to really sit yourself down and start reading your book or any other study material. Once you establish a routine, you'll find it easier and even start to really enjoy reviewing what you've learned in nursing school.”

John Lizardo’s interest in becoming a nurse was sparked from his mother who is also a nurse.

“My mother is my motivation; she is actually my role model,” said Lizardo.

“Hard work, time management, and focus helped me along the way” said Lizardo. “My parents guided me through every step, and nurtured me with the passion and understanding, which led me to this remarkable accomplishment.”

“NMC’s Nursing program taught me the knowledge, skills, and competence of how to successfully become a registered nurse,” said Lizardo.

For more information about the NMC Nursing program, contact the NMC Nursing Department at 237-6743 or visit the Nursing Department office in Building C at the NMC As Terlaje campus (M-F, 8:00 am- 4:30 pm).

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