Northern Marianas College nursing graduates Minju Kim and Ysabella Sacramento have joined the long list of NMC students who have taken and passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses or NCLEX-RN.
Nursing graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN to be able to practice nursing in the United States and U.S. Territories. The exam tests the knowledge, skills, and abilities of nursing graduates in order to certify that they are capable of applying entry level nursing practices correctly.
“It’s great to see more and more NMC nursing graduates pass the challenging NCLEX-RN,” NMC President Galvin Deleon Guerrero, EdD said. “I congratulate Minju and Ysabella on this accomplishment.”
NMC Nursing Department Chair Rosa Aldan likewise congratulated the two on their successful passage of the exam.
“Minju and Ysabella have bright futures in the nursing field and we expect to see great things from them as their educational and professional journeys continue,” Aldan said.
Minju Kim, a 2023 NMC nursing graduate, decided to pursue nursing as it has always been a dream of hers.
“I want to become a nurse to help people. It’s as simple as that,” Kim said. “I feel a strong calling to care for others, and nursing is the way I can make a difference in people’s lives when they need it the most.”
Dedicating a significant amount of time preparing and studying for the NCLEX-RN, Kim recalled utilizing textbooks, class notes, NCLEX study materials, and practice tests in order to identify the areas in which she needed to improve.
She noted how she felt well-prepared for the exam, “NMC did a good job preparing me for the exam. They provided resources like Kaplan and iHuman that were very helpful.”
Additionally, Kim gained support from her professors and classmates throughout her journey toward passing the exam. “They provided guidance, answered questions, and offered encouragement throughout the process,” she stated.
“For that, I am greatly appreciative of what the Nursing Program has done to prepare me for this exam, and I would like to extend my gratitude to the Nursing faculty and staff who went above and beyond in teaching and helping us throughout the program,” Kim said.
In advice to nursing students looking to take the NCLEX-RN, Kim offers three key tips, which are to start early, avoid comparisons, and stay focused.
“Remember, you’ve worked hard to get to this point, and you can succeed in the NCLEX. Stay dedicated, stay confident, and give it your best effort,” Kim said.
Kim began working at CHCC this week as a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Unit.
Graduating from NMC’s nursing program in 2023 alongside Kim, Ysabella Sacramento’s motivation for pursuing nursing stems from her passion to take care of people and make positive differences in their lives.
“I wouldn’t have passed the NCLEX without the support of my family, partner, relatives, and friends. I owe it to them for their endless support and for always believing in me,” Sacramento said.
According to Sacramento, the NMC nursing program had contributed greatly to her passage of the NCLEX-RN by helping her enhance her knowledge, skills, and critical thinking skills that are essential to nursing through lectures, clinical rotations, Kaplan resources, and i-Human patient case studies.
To nursing students that are looking to take the NCLEX-RN, Sacramento advises them to believe in their own capabilities and to not be so hard on themselves.
“You also need to be in the right mindset while studying, so taking care of yourself physically and mentally should be a priority,” she noted. “It is highly important that you study and concentrate, but as simple as taking a break from time to time will allow you to gain more perspective and will definitely help you be more confident in passing the NCLEX.”
Sacramento is currently working at CHCC as a Registered Nurse in the Labor and Delivery Unit.