Newman nursing students say small class size is key to success, community

Oct 22, 2015

The Newman University nursing program recently had 24 of 25 graduates pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) on their first attempt, with one student retaking the exam and passing to achieve a 100 percent final pass rate. For the past five years, nursing graduate pass rates at Newman have consistently been above state and national levels for the NCLEX for first-time writers.

Caroline Ayer, first-year nursing student, said the high pass rate was one of her main reasons for coming to Newman.

“They really, from day one, set you up for the NCLEX and get you ready for it,” Ayer said.

Ayer is a senior transfer who has attended Fort Hays State University, University of Kansas and Butler Community College. She said she came to Newman for the small classes and high ranking among nursing programs in the state.

“I’m really enjoying this first semester. I want to stay here. Everyone is so great.”

Newman nursing students get valuable experience inside and outside the classroom.
Newman nursing students get valuable experience inside and outside the classroom.

Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Jane Weilert, Ed.D. said that the combination

of small classes, dedicated and knowledgeable faculty, and high-quality clinical sites are what sets Newman apart from other programs in the area.

“We have structured the program to help them acquire critical thinking, clinical judgment and the education and tools to be competent and compassionate nurses,” Weilert said.

Diana Dinh, a nursing student who is in her second year at Newman, said it’s the sense of community with her fellow nurses and other students that has really left an impression on her.

“Everyone knows each other. Everyone always says ‘hi’ and has a smile when you walk by, even if you don’t know them,” Dinh said.

Emily Lantz, another first-year nursing student, said she is glad she transferred to Newman because of the strength of the program as well as the camaraderie with her fellow nursing students.

“It’s definitely way more hands-on. I really like it and the classmates make it a lot easier,” Lantz said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’ll be worth it.”