February 21, 2003

VUSN graduate aces NNP exam

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Dr. Jason Morrow, left, and Dr. David Haas talk with student Brian Lishawa. Lishawa is one of nine VUSM students in the Medical Scholars program. (photo by Dana Johnson)

VUSN graduate aces NNP exam

Cheryl McMann, MSN, recently made a perfect score on the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner exam. McMann, a graduate of last year’s Vanderbilt’s NNP program, carries the torch of tradition, as the School of Nursing has a history of graduates with perfect scores.

In 2001, two graduates from the program, Shea Lantz, MSN, and Liza Benfatti, MSN, also earned perfect scores on the exam.

The average pass-rate for passing the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam is only 67 percent, but the Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s average has consistently been 80 percent or greater.

Karen D’ Apolito, Ph.D., assistant professor of Nursing and director of the NNP program, attributes the success of the students to their hard work and an excellent program.

“The program has been revised over the last four years. Students are taught by experts in the field and the content presented not only prepares the students to take the exam, but provides them with information to become exceptional beginning NNP’s after graduation.”

D’Apolito congratulated all graduates, and especially to those who received a perfect score.