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SGEI nursing program graduates achieve significant success

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It's rare that an entire class of any profession sees a 100 per cent exam success rate, but Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) has done exactly that two years running.

SGEI announced last week that for the second year in a row, students from their Practical Nursing program saw a 100 per cent pass rate on the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE), the national standards and competencies exam that nurses in Ontario must take before they can be registered to work.

“It's amazing, actually,” said Brigitte Loeppky, SGEI's Practical Nursing program co-ordinator.

“Two years in a row the students obtained 100 per cent passing, which is something to celebrate, for sure.”

The Practical Nursing program is a two-year diploma program offered by SGEI in partnership with Canadore College “open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners that trains students to become compassionate, caring and culturally competent” according to a press release from SGEI.

Loeppky said that while the average pass rate for the CPNRE test varies depending on the particular nursing school, in order to be accredited schools must have a certain success rate. Independent from other schools though, it's still a significant achievement.

“Most schools don't achieve 100 per cent,” Loeppky stressed.

“That being said, we do have a smaller cohort than the big huge nursing schools, but if you do the math, if we had one student who didn't pass, we would already have a 90 per cent rate, where big nursing schools would need to have a significant number to lower those percentage rates, so it balances out that way. But 100 per cent success rate is an amazing accomplishment.”

The achievement is an excellent indicator to Loeppky and her instructors that the methods and learning environment that SGEI offers can and does produce results for its students, especially as it has a direct impact on something outside of the school's control.

“You can get a diploma in nursing, but you can't work as a nurse until you pass the national licensing exam,” she explained.

“It's kind of like driving; you can do driver's ed, but just because you get your certificate for driver's ed doesn't mean you can drive, you still have to take the test.”

Loeppky said that part of the strength of the program, and of SGEI overall, are the supports that are given to students in all aspect of campus life.

“SGEI is really student centred,” she explained.

“The students are in the centre of all our activities and the students feel safe in that environment, and so I think that's why they succeed, it's just a very culturally safe environment that really maximizes learning.”

In the press release from SGEI, Practical Nursing grad Larissa Hrabec echoed those points from Loeppky.

“I am thankful to have learned in such a positive environment and feel it has made me successful in my career today,” Hrabec said.

“You feel like you truly belong at SGEI because your teachers understand how stressful college can be, and they care about your wellbeing.”

Hrabec and four of her fellow 2020 Graduates have also already begun working in healthcare facilities throughout the Kenora District.

SGEI is currently hoping to offer the Practical Nursing program at their Fort Frances campus beginning in September 2021 as long as the demand is sufficient, and Loeppky noted that more information on the program and registration will be available on SGEI's website closer to the end of this year.

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