Practical nursing students in the 2011 graduating class at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses) administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

The examination is a requirement for nursing licensure.

“This is great news for our practical nursing program,” said Bob Ware, vice chancellor for the McGehee campus. “This is a positive reflection on both our students and faculty and is a good indicator of the academic rigor of the program. In particular, I want to congratulate Peggie Orrell, our director of nursing and allied health, for her efforts.”

The class of 2011 numbered 12 graduates, who are now licensed practical nurses. As LPN’s, they are qualified to work in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices and other health care facilities.

“My congratulations to the students and faculty at the McGehee campus for this wonderful achievement,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “There is a critical need for quality nursing care in the state and region and we are proud to offer a program that is meeting that need.”

Members of the 2011 nursing class at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee are pictured above (from left, first row) Meagan Hall of Hamburg, Raven Smith of Monticello, Shameika Washington of Greenville, Miss., Kelsey Cruce of Monticello, (second row) Tiarra Smith of McGehee, Shenna Bell of Lake Village, Sara Whitney Spencer of McGehee, Jessica Irons of McGehee, (third row) Jana Owen of Star City, Cassandra Burke of Dermott, Mary Hobbs of Watson, Toccara Easterling of Lake Village, (back row) Kim Ray, nursing instructor, Peggie Orrell, director of nursing and allied health, and Nikki Calhoun, nursing instructor.