School of Nursing receives 100% pass rate for FNP certification exam
The Southern University School of Nursing received a 100 percent pass rate for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam for 2020. Additionally, the 15 students who took the exam passed on the first attempt and yielded an average score of 611, exceeding the national average of 576. Southern’s nursing students who took the FNP exam also met or exceeded the national average on all four testing domains: assessment, diagnosis, planning and evaluation.
“This accomplishment is a reflection of the level of excellence and dedication of both our faculty and students,” said Sandra C. Brown, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health. "Despite the challenges we faced in 2020 due to the pandemic, our faculty persevered and our students excelled. I am grateful that we are able to produce stellar nurse practitioners to serve our communities during this critical time.”
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a family nurse practitioner (FNP) “is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who provides a wide range of family-focused health care services to patients of all ages, including infants, adolescents, adults and seniors. FNPs maintain patient records; perform physical exams; order or perform diagnostic tests; prescribe medications; develop treatment plans; and treat acute and chronic illnesses, conditions and injuries that fall under primary care. FNPs practice in a variety of health care settings, including community health centers, private practice, health care systems and universities.”