George Fox key player in addressing Oregon's demand for nurses

George Fox nursing students posted a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam in 2011.The major may only be six years old, but George Fox University’s nursing program – whose students posted a 100 percent pass rate on the national licensing exam this year – is playing a key role in producing qualified nurses to help meet ever-increasing demand for their services in Oregon.

100 Percent Pass Rate

According to educational program pass rates released by the Oregon State Board of Nursing this fall, George Fox’s 2010-11 nursing graduates who took the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) recorded a 100 percent pass rate, as all 31 students who took the exam passed. George Fox’s performance helped Oregon record the fifth-highest pass rate in the nation (90.93 percent).

This year’s pass rate success followed a strong 2009-10 pass rate for George Fox nursing students (93.94 percent).

“We’re very proud of our students and the fact they have been consistently successful,” said Carla Hagen, director of the George Fox nursing program. “This is a testament to the quality of students who are joining our program. We also wish to acknowledge other institutions in our state that offered us resources to help us establish this program and get it to the point it is today. It’s been a team effort.”

Class Size Increases

George Fox is also doing its part to supply more qualified nurses in the future, increasing its incoming class size from 40 to 48 students beginning in 2012. The university will be adding another lab space to help accommodate the eight additional students.

George Fox’s introduction of a Bachelor or Science in Nursing program in 2005 couldn’t have come at a better time. Recent projections indicate the supply of registered nurses (RNs) in Oregon will fail to meet anticipated demand by 2020. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for registered nurses will grow faster than any other occupation through 2012.

And, according to the 2011 Oregon Center for Nursing Report released this fall, there will be a 71 percent increase in demand for baccalaureate-trained nurses in Oregon over the next two years – the highest percentage increase among all nursing students entering the workforce (a list that includes master’s-prepared nurses, new RN graduates, nurse practitioners and RNs with an associate degree or diploma).

About Our Nursing Major

George Fox’s nursing major has been granted full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Oregon State Board of Nursing. The major takes four years to complete, with students taking general education and nursing prerequisite courses their first two years.

Students have the opportunity to engage in learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Clinical experiences take place in a variety of acute care and community healthcare institutions and agencies and allow students to gain valuable experience in professional nursing practice.

Graduates are prepared to serve in fields such as acute care, cardiology, emergency, home care, hospice, obstetrics, oncology, pediatrics, school nursing and medical missions.