Genesee Community College Nursing Graduates Score 95% Pass Rate on National Boards

Fifty-six of 58 members of Genesee Community College’s Nursing class of 2008 have already passed their national nursing board exams – a 95% pass rate – Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael S. Stoll reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening.

The rigorous test – formally known as the National Council on Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses – is administered to individuals who have graduated from nursing programs across the United States. Hospitals and other health care organizations trust the examination as a good indicator of nursing skills, as well as an indicator of the quality of college nursing programs.

Genesee’s pass rate is substantially higher than the New York State pass rate, which stands at 83%, Mr. Stoll said. “We truly have one of the most outstanding nursing programs in the northeastern United States,” he told trustees. “This reflects very positively on Genesee Community College. More important, this outstanding pass rate is a symbol of pride for the citizens of our region, who will benefit from the care these nurses give to all of us in the years ahead.”

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:
Approved a new Workplace Violence Prevention Policy, upon the recommendation o f the Board’s Policy Committee. The policy commits the College to maintaining a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. As part of the program, a risk management committee will continually evaluate safety risks and take steps to minimize those risks. Policy Committee Chair Charles R. Ruffino said that a workplace violence prevention program is a positive step any organization can take to maintain a safe environment.

Approved a donation of a gurney from the Gastroenterology Group of Rochester. The gurney will be used in the College’s nursing program and is valued at $1,500. It will be used to teach patient transfer techniques.

Heard Policy Committee Chair Charles R. Ruffino report that the Committee is developing a risk management policy and program for the College. The program will be ready for presentation to the Board of Trustees by June 2009.

Heard Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Virginia M. Taylor report that 3,103 individuals had applied to Genesee for admission as full-time students for the Fall 2008 semester, and 1,498 enrolled, for a “yield” of 48.3%. Seven hundred forty individuals applied for admission on a part-time basis, and 548 enrolled, for a “yield” of 66.4%. Dr. Taylor also noted that, of the 2,486 June 2008 high school graduates in the GLOW region, 479 – or about one in four of all graduates – had enrolled at Genesee Community College. President Steiner indicated that Spring 2009 registration is strong.

Heard President Stuart Steiner report that Amy Masters is joining the College’s staff as a Technical Specialist in the Business Office. She has worked at Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union and HSBC Bank. Ms. Masters holds a B.S. degree from Elmira College and is a resident of Batavia.

Heard President Steiner report that Kristin Webster is joining the staff as a Technical Specialist in the College’s Financial Aid Office. Ms. Webster comes to Genesee from ITT Technical Institute in Getzville. She holds a B.A. degree from St. Bonaventure University, and is a resident of Albion.

Heard President Steiner report that Joel Bruce is joining the staff as a Technical Specialist in the Institutional Research Office. Mr. Bruce comes to Genesee from the Xerox Corporation. He holds a B.S. degree from SUNY Brockport, and is a resident of Medina.

Heard President Steiner report that Edward Hallborg has been appointed Technical Specialist/Technical Director in the Fine and Performing Arts program. He has been serving in that role during the Fall 2008 semester on a temporary basis. Mr. Hallborg came to Genesee from Niagara Community College where he served as Assistant Technical Director. Mr. Hallborg holds an A.A. degree from Central New Mexico Community College and a B.S. degree from Buffalo State College. He is a resident of East Aurora.

Heard President Steiner report that Kateri Gabriele is joining the staff as Technical Specialist/ Nursing Lab Coordinator on a temporary basis. Ms. Gabriele is a registered nurse with experience at the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. She holds a B.S.N. degree from Niagara University. She is a resident of Batavia.

Heard Trustee Melvin J. Wentland, the Board’s representative to the Association of Community College Trustees, report that about 2,000 community college leaders across the U.S. attended the recent ACCT conference in New York City. The conference theme – “America’s Promise: Combating Poverty through Education” – focused on many of the ways community colleges are helping individuals succeed economically. Dr. Wentland briefly described some of the conference’s seminars, including seminars on “green” technology, crisis management, serving age 50+ students, board effectiveness and planning, and dual enrollments. He called the conference “most rewarding.”

Heard Kevin P. Hamilton, Vice President for Finance and Operations, report that the College has earned $14,761 in proceeds from online auctions of discarded equipment so far in 2008. The College uses the Buffalo-based Auctions International Company, which specializes in auctioning surplus or discarded equipment from municipalities and schools. There is no cost to the College other than 10% of the purchase price paid to the auction company. “The use of an online auction company is far more cost-effective than the live auctions we used to hold,” Mr. Hamilton told trustees. “It is a very effective way to properly dispose of surplus equipment.”