By Brendan Capuano
On March 7, Sacred Heart University’s nursing program was ranked as the fourth best registered nursing university program in the state of Connecticut by registerednursing.org.
According to the website, the methodology that the ranking was based on was the pass rate within the last five years of the program. Sacred Heart scored a grade of 95.70 on the site.
“Positioned along Connecticut’s Gold Coast, Sacred Heart University’s College of Nursing welcomes new, transfer and returning students to complete or upgrade their qualifications,” said a statement about the university on registerednursing.org. “Personal mentorship from industry leaders ensures bachelors and masters of science in nursing graduate excellence.”
For some professors in the College of Nursing, this is a unique honor that helps the reputation of the university and could not come at a better time.
“This honor is directly related to the dedicated, visionary faculty and staff of the College of Nursing and our amazing, professional, hardworking students and alumni,” said Dr. Sherylyn Watson, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of the College of Nursing. “Needless to say, this report is most timely as it is recruitment for future students, being the best advertisement we can ask for as we form our class of 2022.”
Some nursing students had positive reactions to the recognition as well.
“We become a family because we all know and understand what we are going through,” said senior Brianna Paolini. “We help each other out whenever we can, the professors are brilliant and they are a perfect balance of a nurse, professor and a parent.”
The reputation that the school has had for its nursing program has been demonstrated over the last few years with recognitions such as this one.
While this recognition is a positive one for the College of Nursing, there is still more room for improvement.
“Naugatuck Valley Community College is ranked 3rd, has a 96.5% passing rate and we are not far from that score,” said senior Anjelica Sitek. “I think the amount of practice exams and prep courses our professors have provided us these past couple of years will ensure we will all successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination and improve the overall passing rate for the school.”
Nursing students credit the success of the program to their professors who have guided them since they arrived at the school as freshmen.
“They are so concerned about all of us and know when we have had a bad day just by looking at us,” said Paolini. “I think having them be so personable and approachable really helps the learning process.”
The College of Nursing is now looking forward to recruiting the next freshman class, as well as preparing for the future development of the program.
“This achievement will only have a positive effect on the College of Nursing,” said Watson. “This ranking is reflective of many years of hard work and recognizes that we have developed a program that meets our students’ needs and prepares future nurses well. As we grow, this serves as motivation to continue encouraging our students to be the most successful they can be while embarking on their new careers and for faculty to be visionaries in their teaching.”