FBCC grads succeed in nursing consortium

Nov 6th, 2012 | By | Category: 24-2: The Future of the Tribal College Movement, Tribal College News

Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC, New Town, ND) is the only tribal college that is an equal partner in the Dakota Nursing Program (DNP). DNP is a consortium of five colleges, including Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, FBCC, Lake Region State College, and Williston State College. FBCC is also the only tribal college in the state to offer a two-year Associate in Applied Science nursing degree (RN).

The pass rate for DNP is above the national average; at FBCC, the pass rate in both the registered nurse and practical nurse programs is 100%. The tribal college recently graduated seven students in the registered nurse program. Three of those graduates have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The practical nursing students will take their NCLEXs following graduation from summer semester. Each of the students in the practical nurse program has applied to the registered nurse program for fall 2012.

All graduates this year are American Indian and all plan to work in the New Town area. A large percentage of the registered nurse program students are planning on pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in nursing, or becoming Nurse Practitioners.

The students have completed clinical rotations in several areas in the state, including Watford City, New Town, Tioga, Williston, Bismarck, Mandan, and Parshall.

Thanks to a North Dakota Nursing Grant, FBCC was also able to buy two simulators, an Advanced Cardiac Life Support simulator and a Noelle birthing simulator.

The site coordinator for the nursing program at FBCC is Janet Johnson; Carla Pease, Sandra Carns, and Rosie Ough are part-time clinical instructors. The director for the Dakota Nursing Program is Julie Traynor; her office is located at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, ND.

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