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 DATE: May 2, 2002
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, (901) 333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, (901) 333-4247

VA Administrator to Keynote Southwest's Nursing Seminar

The Department of Nursing at Southwest Tennessee Community College is sponsoring a seminar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 4, in the Forrest Room at the Peabody Hotel. Betty Alsup, chief nurse at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis, is the keynote speaker. The cost is $35 per person. A donation will be made to the Southwest Nursing Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Shiphrah Williams-Evans, Chair and Professor Department of Nursing, states the event is being given in honor of the Southwest Nursing Alumni Association. "Special recognition will be given to the Nursing Advisory Board and community liaisons that supported the department throughout its accreditation process and subsequent national accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)," states Dr. Williams-Evans.

Southwest's Nursing Department was recently awarded the maximum accreditation of eight-years by the NLNAC. The Department of Nursing, located on the Union Avenue Campus of the College, was established in 1979 and is designed to prepare graduates for immediate licensure and employment.

For the past two years, Southwest's nursing graduates have maintained a 92 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses. The state average for that exam was 89.74.

Last year, Southwest's nursing graduates did extremely well on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The Southwest graduates had a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN during the first reporting period, and a 96 percent pass rate during the second reporting period. The national average for the NCLEX-RN was 85.7.

For additional information about the seminar or the Department of Nursing at Southwest, call the College at (901) 333-5425.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.