Philadelphia Member and Educator Helps Students Make History

October 20, 2022

SHREVEPORT, LA. – The recent 2022 graduates from the School of Nursing at Grambling State University (GSU) passed the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) as first-time test takers. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing exam is used to test the competency of nursing school graduates in the U.S. and Canada. The 100 percent pass rate for first-time test takers is a first in the history of the School of Nursing at GSU for all Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates testing in a calendar year. The statewide benchmark for first-time test takers to be successful is 80 percent.

The significance of this accomplishment is that the BSN Program Director, Rikki Murff, Ph.D., R.N., is a member of the Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church in Shreveport, La. Murff has grown up in the church and is very active as the leader of both the music ministry and Adventist Youth Society. Murff has served as the BSN program director for only one year. She stated, “While we celebrate this outstanding achievement, we still have work to do. We are prayerful that this will become a GSU School of Nursing standard. The students worked hard to accomplish this goal and they deserved it. The BSN faculty are a praying faculty and we put God first in all our endeavors. He is in the midst of it all. We never fall short when He is in control. God is Good!”

By Jimmie Gibson, Pastor