College Nursing Graduates Earn RN Designation

November 3, 2016

Josephine Bean and Dashunté Furbert have become the first two registered nurses [RNs] to graduate from the College’s Associate of Science [Nursing] programme.

“Besides making BC history, they have underscored the quality of the programme by successfully completing the NCLEX exam with only having to answer 75 questions; instead of having to answer the entire 265 questions,” the College said.

“Dr. Mark Van den Hende, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs noted that the success is solid validation of the rigour of the programme at Bermuda College, and the committed efforts of the Director of Nursing Education, Mrs. Kathy-Ann Swan, Nursing Lecturer, Mrs. Renee Faulcon, the entire Nursing Education Team, and other key stakeholders locally and overseas.

Josephine Bean and Dashunté Furbert

Bean and Furbert Bermuda November 3 2016 TC

Mrs. Swan also noted the achievement of the two RNs, crediting the Nursing Education Team, and all who assisted them on their educational journey.

“Always remember,” she said, “We can go fast and go alone or go far and go together.”

Students of the ADN programme must first successfully navigate the pre-nursing core of 6 courses [19 credits] and pass with a minimum GPA of 2.6 and a minimum grade of C+ [77 percent] in the Anatomy & Physiology courses. Only upon successful completion of the pre-nursing core, will students be allowed to commence core nursing courses.

Both Ms. Bean, RN and Ms. Furbert, RN will now be able to apply to the Bermuda Nursing Council for a license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Bermuda.

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  1. Proud Bermudian says:

    That’s awesome! Well done ladies!!!

    • Yes awesome, I would only be a proud Bermudian if they get de jobs that compliments their worth.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        Will your gushing compliments also be extended to the new Bermudian head of the BTA ?

  2. San George says:

    Congrats to you both and thanks to all who assisted – Go Bermuda!

  3. BLOW IN says:

    why did they only have to answer 25% of questions ,

    • Hi says:

      The computerized adaptive test is continuously trying to discover the true ability level of the test-taker. In a nutshell, the computer is continually adapting to the individual test-taker by analyzing how he/she is answering previous test questions. The computer stops the test once the performance at a certain level is demonstrated to be the test-taker’s highest ability level.

      Therefore, if you keep receiving test questions after you have already answered 200 questions, it is because the computerized adaptive test has not yet determined your ability level. If the test ends after you have answered less than 100 questions, it is because the computerized adaptive test quickly determined your ability level. People who take the NCLEX-RN may receive anywhere from 75 to 265 questions, and those who take the NCLEX-PN may answer anywhere from 85 to 205 questions.

    • Happy says:

      I had to look that one up. The test is computerized and questions are given based on answers to previous questions. 75 is the minimum amount of questions that can be given, I’m assuming based on having only had to answer that many they had near perfect results.

      Congratulations ladies!!

    • Nursekirs says:

      The exam knows how well you are answering questions so by #75 it self determines whether you have the knowledge or if you need to do more questions for the computer software to be sure you have full understanding of core nursing concepts. The more you answer correctly the progressively harder the questions get.

    • Raised Away says:

      Probably a Proctored exam which means, the more questions you answer correctly, the less questions to answer.

      I may be wrong but that’s what I believe it is.

  4. Proud Godma says:

    Congratulations ladies. So proud of you Dashunte’!

  5. Quinton Berkley Butterfield says:


  6. Well done, Bermudians.
    With too many unpleasant occurrences on our small island, it is refreshing to know that both of you know exactly what to do to attain academic success.
    So happy for both of you,and feeling proud too!!

  7. Sickofantz says:


  8. Josie says:

    Thanks everyone! D we did it girl, all the hard work has paid off.

  9. Jobs says:

    Congrats to them! Job well done. The real question is will they get jobs? This is only two out of how many students the college has graduated since the program started. Where and what happen to the rest?