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3 NMC nursing graduates pass NCLEX on first try

THREE more students from the Northern Marianas College nursing program class of 2012 passed the challenging National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses.

The three Northern Marianas College nursing program students who recently passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, from left, Bodch Ito, Qiwei Wang, and Xiu Zhen Liang Lizama.  NMC photoThe three Northern Marianas College nursing program students who recently passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, from left, Bodch Ito, Qiwei Wang, and Xiu Zhen Liang Lizama. NMC photo
They are Qiwei Wang, Xiu Zhen Liang Lizama and Bodch Ito.

“We are very proud of our nursing graduates and new RNs for passing the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt,” said NMC nursing department chairwoman Rosa M. Tudela.

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. 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.

“This exam is both difficult and critical to pass, and we are extremely happy that they continue to maintain their record of achievement,” Tudela said.

Wang, who graduated cum laude and took the examination on Oct. 9, said he prepared for the test by reviewing thousands of NCLEX questions.

Lizama, who graduated magna cum laude and received a clinical excellence award, said: “I want to combine professional skills and full enthusiasm to help others reach maximum health and quality of health.”

One of her most memorable experiences as a nursing student was when a client told her that “you will be a good nurse,” she said.

Lizama, a member of the Nursing Club, the Phi Theta Kappa and Students in Service. received about a thousand dollars in educational awards from AmeriCorps.

“Northern Marianas College is the place that made my dream come true,” she said.

She took the NCLEX exam on Nov. 27, 2012.

Lizama said she will continue her nursing education and will apply for a job at the Commonwealth Health Center.

She thanked all NMC instructors as well as the clinical instructors and RNs at CHC. “I am also thankful for my family’s support in helping me overcome many difficulties.”

Ito, for her part, said although she did not graduate with any awards, “I did, however, graduate with the right to tell my son that if I can do it, he can do anything and that is the greatest honor in this whole world.”

At the age of four, she said she already wanted to become a nurse because “I wanted to help people and to this day, that’s still what I want to do.”

While in school, Ito said she participated in lots of health screenings, seminars and vaccination programs. She took the NCLEX exam on Nov. 20.

Asked how she prepared for the exam, she said she took practice tests, answered many study questions and wrote down bits of information so she would remember them.

“I carried flash cards with me. I made posters and put them in my room. Every time I came across a word or a drug that I didn’t know, I looked it up. I wanted to know everything, not just for the NCLEX but for my future patients,” she recalled.

About her future plans, Ito said she will start a bachelor of science in nursing degree next year or take up nursing part time.

For more information about the NMC nursing program, call 234-5498 extension 1616 or visit its offices at Building C on the As Terlaje campus, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.