Cynthia Mailloux, Ph. D., R. N., C. N. E., professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University, recently was recognized by the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute for her six years of service on the board of directors.
Dr. Mailloux served on the strategic planning and executive committees, as well as the planning committee for “Tiles: From Tears in Triumph’’ in Luzerne County. “Tiles” is a unique display of ceramic tiles that that was created through the Institute’s art therapy program by local cancer survivors, their friends, families and caregivers. It served as an outlet for emotions that “are sometimes difficult to express,’’ according to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.
At Misericordia University, Dr. Mailloux chairs the region’s oldest nursing program. The program recently had its continuing accreditation extended for the maximum of 10 years to 2023 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Undergraduate and graduate nursing students at Misericordia also have been successful in passing their national licensure examinations. Most recently, baccalaureate degree nursing students who graduated from the Bachelor of Science degree program during the past year achieved a pass rate that was 16 percentage points higher than the national average for pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
MU’s BSN graduates achieved a 98.08-percent pass rate for first-time test-takers who took the NCLEX-RN examination between Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013. Misericordia graduates exceeded both the average national pass rate of 82.07 percent and the average pass rate in Pennsylvania of 85.31 for baccalaureate degree programs. It marks the third year in a row that the nursing program’s pass rates surpassed the state and national averages.
The Misericordia University pass rate percentages are particularly significant since the exam was made more rigorous this year, as seen by a 10-point decrease in the national average for baccalaureate programs from 92.07 last year to 82.07 this year, according to program administrators. The complexity of the exam also resulted in the state average dropping by 5.48 percentage points, from 90.79 in 2012 to 85.31 in 2013. The Misericordia University pass rate decreased just slightly more than two-tenths of a percent from 98.3 in 2012.
In addition, the May 2013 graduate degree nursing students in the Misericordia Nurse Practitioner Program also received a 100-percent pass rate on the American Academy
of Nurse Practitioner Examination.