Students that have successfully completed and passed all of the Del Mar College Nursing Program curriculum are being denied the right to graduate and take the NCLEX exam. Students are left with the knowledge and skills to practice nursing but denied the ability to take the licensure exam and become gainfully employed. This is a drain on the economy as student loans are defaulted on and the nursing shortage increases. Schools have accepted funds to increase enrollment without adequately preparing to meet that need and then to protect their accreditation (assure 80% first time NCLEX pass rate), schools are administering a pre-bar to be eligible to take the NCLEX. The New Jersey Board of Nursing took a stand in October 2011 after a complaint from a group of students in July 2011. PLEASE. Take a stand. Hold these schools accountable. We have demonstrated our aquired skills and knowledge throughout nursing school and earned passing grades. 

Letter to
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
and 15 others
U.S. House of Representatives
Representative Randy Weber
Senator John Cornyn
Senator Ted Cruz
Representative Ruben Hinojosa
Representative Kay Granger
Representative Sam Johnson
Representative Louie Gohmert
Del Mar College President Mark Escamilla
www.ncsbn.org The National Council For State Boards of Nursing
The Texas Board of Nursing Texas Board of Nursing Members
www.oag.state.tx.us/ Texas Attorney General
National League for Nurses Accrediting Commission Sharon Tanner
Del Mar College Department of Nursing Education Evangeline DeLeon
District 32 State Representative Todd Hunter (District 32 State Representative)
Students that have successfully completed and passed all of the Del Mar College Nursing Program curriculum are being denied the right to graduate and take the NCLEX exam. The Texas Board of Nursing requires that schools maintain an at least 80% NCLEX pass rate in order to maintain their accreditation status with the BON. To ensure that schools of nursing maintain the 80% pass rate, schools have started using commercially prepared exit exams in attempt to bar graduating students from being eligible to take the NCLEX and work as a Registered Nurse if the school does not think that the student will pass the NCLEX. The school is sacrificing graduating students that have earned their degree to ensure, no matter what, that the school keeps it's accreditation with the Board of Nursing. This is a growing problem across the United States among desperate nursing schools. The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Affairs and the New Jersey Board of Nursing issued a mandate in October 2011 to all Deans and Directors of New Jersey RN and LPN Programs to clarify the Boards position on "Use of Commercially Prepared Exit Examinations". Available here; http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/nursing/DeanNDirectorLtr.pdf Please take a stand and provide a mandatory standard for schools of nursing using exit exams inappropriately. Students that have EARNED their degree are left with student loans and unable to use the education they have earned to become employed.
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Sincerely,
Brooke Stewart (and all other nursing students affected by the injustice being practiced at nursing schools across America)