Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing Starts the New Year Off with Record Success

As our community continues to face the largest healthcare battle in our lifetime, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important; that we are preparing future healthcare professionals with the best training possible to prepare them for what they will encounter in a clinical setting.Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (PHSSN) is doing just that by graduating highly qualified BSN nurses. PHSSN achieved a 100% first-time pass rate on the 2020 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) amid a pandemic. This school of nursing is 1 of only 5 Texas Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs out of 50 to achieve this accomplishment. In addition, PHSSN is 1 of 9 of the 123 combined Texas BSN and Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs to achieve this ranking. From 2017 to 2019 the PHSSN NCLEX pass rate has been greater than 90% for first-time testing which is above state and national standard.The NCLEX is an exam nursing students must pass to receive their nursing license. This license is granted by the state board and allows the registered nurse to practice in the state where the license was issued or any state that has a compact agreement with Texas.

“Nursing graduates from Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing provide nursing care all around the Big Country and throughout Texas. They are responsible for bringing compassionate healthcare to thousands of patients seen in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and private practices within our communities and on mission fields around the world.” Dr. Donalyn Alexander, Dean-Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

Hardin-Simmons University is proud to partner with Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing to provide our students with the highest quality of training to equip them for a career in nursing. PHSSN boasts a small classroom size which provides students the ability for hands-on, individualized instruction and personalized faculty support.

As the lead nurse in the Emergency Room at Hendrick Medical Center, Ramona Wyatt knows what it is like to work as a nurse on the frontlines of COVID-19.

“It has certainly been an eye-opening experience to work on the frontlines during a pandemic. I am so thankful for the training I received at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing that helped set a strong foundation for the skills I needed to provide evidence-based medicine both during this COVD-19 crisis and across my patients’ lifespan. I learned how to research and stay up to date with the latest medicine, which is always evolving. I especially appreciated the traditional, hands-on approach that is so hard to find in a program, along with the amazing instructors that helped set me up for success in my career as a Nurse Practitioner”.

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