For release: May 5, 2011
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Thirty-seven recent graduates of the University of Memphis’ Loewenberg School of Nursing
who took the NCLEX (National Council Licensure EXamination) had a 100 percent passage
rate. The students took the exam during the spring 2011 semester. The announcement
of the perfect passage rate was made by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
“This achievement is remarkable in its own,” said Dr. Lin Zhan, professor and dean
of the Loewenberg School. “I want to thank our dedicated faculty, and in particular
the faculty who teach in the undergraduate program, for their concerted efforts and
dedication to bringing the best teaching, coaching, and mentoring to our students.
This led to their success.”
The director of undergraduate programs is Dr. Linda Finch, who is also associate dean
of the School.
The Loewenberg School offers a BSN program with three options and an MSN program with
five concentrations. Last year, the E-MSN program and associate professor Dr. Joan
Thomas received a $788,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
to prepare future nurse executives. Also in 2010, a team of researchers, led by associate
professor Dr. Robert A. Koch, received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department
of Defense to ensure effective interaction between civilian and military personnel
in the event of a catastrophe requiring medical evacuation.