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  • Alumni from the BSN class of December 2019

Going strong: Fourth cohort touts 100% NCLEX pass rate

The December 2019 BSN graduates are the fourth cohort in a row to achieve a 100% first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Our students work extremely hard during the program, and their work and commitment shine with these results. Our staff and faculty’s ongoing commitment to quality and excellence shows in all aspects of our mission. The approximate NCLEX averages for nursing programs in South Carolina are 88% and 86% in the nation.

To celebrate these wonderful alumni, we are sharing their reflections on their favorite memories from nursing school and the most exciting things they've experienced since graduation.

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What’s your favorite memory from nursing school? 

“My first time taking care of patients and stepping foot into a hospital.” 
Alexis Washington
Prisma Health Richland ED 

“Meeting some of my forever friends: Emma, Averi, Julia, Gentry, Olivia, and Becca! I couldn’t have made it through nursing school without them and all the study dates we spent together!” 
Kiersten Nelson 
Hume-Lee Transplant Center, Richmond, VA

"My favorite memory would be the ATI review at the end of the semester. We were allowed to chill and reflect on everything we learned and accomplished and it really made me realize how close I had grown with these people.” 
Sara Lara 
Prisma Health Richland Neuro ICU 

What’s the most exciting thing to happen since graduation? 

“I've been working at Lexington Medical Center as a RN on the oncology floor. It's been great since graduation. I actually worked as a tech on the floor for the past two years so it's really nice to be back with my coworkers even though I'm in a different role. Working with oncology patients is rewarding and really gives you a different perspective on life. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.” 
Lauren Grogan 
Lexington Medical Center Oncology

"The most exciting thing I’ve experienced since graduation is getting the opportunity to spend more time with family & friends without the stress of school weighing on me! I definitely am looking forward to this pandemic being over (at some point hopefully soon!) and really getting comfortable as a nurse without all of this crazy stuff added to my plate.” 
Lizzy Barnett
Prisma Health Richland MICU

"The most exciting thing since graduation is really just getting back into the hospital. Since capstone ended early November, it had been a couple months since I got to take care of a patient in March. We’ve only had a few shifts on our unit, so I’m looking forward to being done with residency and being able to apply everything I learned from USC and the residency to my practice.” 
Sara Lara
Prisma Health Richland Neuro ICU 

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