August 14, 2017 ∙ by kkajiura ∙ in Allegheny West Conference, Education, This Month's Issue
Alpha & Omega Member Helps Nurses Pass Exams
Story by Bryant Smith
"Failure in any area of life can be devastating. I pray with students and let them know that there’s hope after failure because this is the gospel message,” says Regina Callion, a member of the Alpha & Omega church in Warren, Ohio. Callion, who has a Master of Science in Nursing and is a registered nurse, is the owner and instructor of ReMar Review for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®).
Nursing is the nation’s largest and fastest growing healthcare profession. It’s a popular choice for many but requires intensive education and training to ensure public safety. Each year as graduation season approaches, nearly 100,000 nursing students begin studying for NCLEX.
NCLEX is the single test that separates the student from the professional nurse. Each year approximately 85 percent of students pass the test. This means nearly 15 percent of nursing students fall short of meeting the requirements to obtain their state license. Of those who fail, the success rate falls to less than 40 percent the next time they take the test. Foreign nurses pass NCLEX at a low rate of 38 percent.
Registered nurse Sandy Montana is one such student who knows what it’s like to experience success after failure. “I’m an international student; I’ve tested so many times. … Regina is a teacher who was called by God; seriously, she changed my life,” says Montana.
“ReMar is more than a business. It’s the platform that God has provided for me to do ‘ministry beyond the walls,’” says Callion, who launched the program in 2011. “You have to let students know that you believe in their ability to succeed,” she continues. “Nursing is caring for people during their most difficult challenges in life. [It] is not just a career; it’s a calling.”