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WCU’s 2021 nursing graduates set benchmark on licensing exam


William Carey University’s 2021 nursing graduates achieved a 100 percent “pass rate” on the NCLEX licensing exam – the only bachelor’s degree nursing program in the state to achieve this benchmark. Not only did all the graduates of WCU’s Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses pass the exam, but they also passed on their first attempt. The Mississippi Board of Nursing released this news in a yearly report based on data from NCLEX, the National Council Licensure Examination.

“I am exceedingly proud of our 2021 nursing graduates on their remarkable scores. The unstinting work of the faculty has given these graduates the highest possible academic and clinical skills. Dr.


Alicia Newell, our dean of nursing, and her team have done an amazing job. We will continue to strive to assist in decreasing the nursing shortage with highly qualified graduates,” said Dr. Janet Williams, WCU’s vice president of health sciences.

With more than 500,000 registered nurses expected to retire in 2022, and demands of the pandemic on health care systems, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 1.1 million nurses are needed now to ease existing nursing shortage.

“William Carey congratulates the College of Health Sciences for an outstanding achievement made possible by the diligence and hard work of its nursing students and faculty. The university has produced highly skilled nurses for decades and we’re working to expand our ability to address the needs of our community, state and region,” said WCU President Dr. Tommy King.

Here’s a look at the Long Beach School of Nursing’s 2021 graduates.


Brandon Mazur of Long Beach


Krista Chambers of Long Beach

Hevyn Kergosien of Long Beach

Summer Smith of Long Beach


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