Three nursing students from Mid-Plains Community College have scored in the top 2% of the nation on their exit exams.

The students are: Ronda Haumann of Thedford, Jocey Nelson of Sutherland, and Ashleigh Cardwell of North Platte.

The Health Education Systems Incorporated Registered Nurse Exit Exam is an assessment to determine whether a student is ready to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination–RN exam.

Nursing school graduates must past the NCLEX to receive a nursing license.

The HESI exam compared the scores of the MPCC students to those of a standard or “norm” group of 55,536 nursing students from across the nation, representing every type of RN program — diploma, associate degree and baccalaureate degree.

All MPCC nursing students who took the exit exam in the RN class of 2019 scored in the 68th percentile or higher.

Haumann was 144th with a 99.74% ranking. Nelson came in at 1,305 with a 97.65% ranking, and Cardwell was number 1,005 with a 98.19% ranking.

“I am very proud of all of our nursing graduates and the scores that they achieved on their HESI exit exams this year,” MPCC director of nursing Dr. Kathy Harrison said. “The HESI scores that were obtained by this nursing class show that they all have a high potential for passing the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt. I believe that our NCLEX-RN first-time pass rates will increase this year as a result of these scores and the students’ hard work and dedication.”

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