“I attend 15-20 nursing career fairs each year, and Lander students strongly distinguish themselves,” said Carlisle Baker, a human resource representative with AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson, South Carolina.

Over the last four consecutive semesters, the nursing program at Lander University has maintained a 100 percent passing rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which is not only a crowning achievement, but also a golden advertisement to potential applicants who are perseveringly in pursuit of accomplishing their goals to take good care of people as qualified nurses.

Nowadays, as healthcare increasingly gains momentum in public, a growing number of students begin to consider nursing study as the blueprint for their future careers. However, in this day and age, most people are more often spoiled when it comes to choices. Filtering out an ideal nursing school throws a new challenge to those would-be nurses. With the historically excellent performance, Lander’s nursing program stands out and becomes the top choice in plenty of students’ eyes. Emma West, a senior nursing major at Lander, now serves a local hospital in Greenwood, South Carolina, as an intern. When she recalled her college application, she said: “Lander was the only school I applied to because I knew that was the best for me.” As for those reasons behind her best shot, she explained with confidence. “There is a three-year nursing program at Lander while most other programs are two years.” In her eyes, during the longer term of the learning process than other schools, she got more hands-on experience, much sufficient guidance, and better performance. All those great settings are beneficial for preparing students in good share for their promising careers. Emma, currently, is also a Presidential Ambassador, a tutor in Academic Success Center and a member in the Nursing Association on campus. This way, she can introduce the best part of Lander to new students and help them improve to the best of her ability.

Although being a nurse is such a meaningful job, compared with other fields, it is more likely for nurses to pursue a lifelong career at the starting point. Regarding her intention to choose nursing as a major, Emma said with a sweet smile, “I know I am going to be a nurse, and that’s what I am meant to be because I feel that’s my calling.” With the same question, Makayla Vandross’s response was seemingly cut from the same cloth as Emma’s. As a freshman, Makayla said that she is committed to be a pediatric nurse practitioner, and she is convinced that her dream can come true at Lander. Additionally, she mentioned this nursing program only accept 40 people for each semester, but she seems so positive that she will be one of them because she believes after day-and-night studying, her efforts will finally pay off. On top of that, she is well aware that being a nurse is a serious job because it deals with people’s lives.

To succeed in an individual career is a good job, but to achieve each student’s goal in a program can be a prodigious undertaking. As Dean of Lander’s William Preston School of Nursing, Dr. Holisa Wharton shed more light on the secrets behind the golden nursing brand. She mentioned, “It is not a me thing, the whole success we have made so far is attributed to our highly concrete vigorous program which involves the faculty’s passion, devotion, and dedication.” More importantly, she highlighted “We educate our students as one day they will take care of us.” Such teaching philosophy delivers the best opportunity to develop students’ leadership, critical thinking, compassion, and caring ability. To help students grasp more chances to earn their licenses in the nursing program, Dr. Wharton explained that there are some cardinal requirements as a benchmark for applicants in this program such as GPA and some compulsory courses because this program is responsible for taking care of each student and helping them achieve their success extensively. In addition to this program, there are more options for nursing majors who have diverse needs. For example, there’s a bachelor’s degree of Science in Nursing and a Master’s degree of Science in Nursing. To ensure the quality of teaching, School of Nursing will track each student’s performance until the end of the program.

In order to help first-year students to stay acknowledged with up-to-date information about the scheme in the nursing major. There is a class named LINK 101, which in Makayla’s opinion, plays an essential role in bridging the gap between the solution and her expectation.

With respect to what accounts for the popularity of Lander’s nursing students, Carlisle elucidates this phenomenon by pointing out that “they’re obviously prepared, knowledgeable, and have a reputation for going above and beyond in delivering patient care.”