Labouré’s Associate of Science in Nursing program has Approval with Warning Status from Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN), 250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108, tel: 800.414.0168 or 617.973.0900, fax: 617.973.0984, website: www.mass.gov/dph/boards/rn.
Below are some frequently asked about "Approved with Warning" status.
What does "Approved with Warning" status mean?
The Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) has reviewed the College's Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program and is requiring the College to take steps to improve first-time pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
Does "Approved with Warning" status affect my ability to take the NCLEX to become a Registered Nurse?
No. Students who successfully complete the College's ASN program remain eligible to take the NCLEX-RN to become a Registered Nurse.
Does "Approved with Warning" status affect the program's ACEN accreditation or the College's NECHE accreditation?
No. While both accrediting agencies have been notified by the College about the "Approved with Warning" status, the program and the College remain fully accredited by both ACEN and NECHE.
Does "Approved with Warning" status affect my ability to enter a BSN or graduate program in the future?
No. BORN's decision has no effect on graduates' applications for further study.
When will BORN lift the "Approved with Warning" status?
BORN has asked the College to address certain areas and submit quarterly reports and will monitor these improvements as well as the College's NCLEX-RN pass rates over the next year. We anticipate the "Approved with Warning" status will continue until at least December 2023.
What is the College doing to remove the "Approved with Warning" status?
The College has launched a faculty-driven action plan to increase the first-time pass rate. The plan addresses crucial areas to improve student success including but not limited to admissions criteria, policy and curriculum review, and faculty and student support.
Some of the components in the action plan have already been implemented as early as Summer 2022 and some are being implemented in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. The Nursing program will continue to assess the different areas as it works toward increasing the first-time pass rate.
What has the College done to improve the program?
Some of the components the College has implemented include:
- Hired a nursing consultant who has an extensive background in working with institutions who have been on “Approved with Warning” status from BORN. The consultant is working to better align the curriculum with the NCLEX-RN exam.
- Increased and restructured the mentoring and peer tutoring programs; each have been expanded to provide more mentors for students
- Strengthened policies for students who are not doing well, including an early alert system that requires struggling students to meet with a mentor
- Revamped the math remediation policy
Will there be additional resources to assist students?
The College is providing increased tutoring and mentoring as part of the action plan.
Who can I contact for more information about the "Approved with Warning" status?
Dr. Paula Santana, Associate Dean of Nursing
Where can I go for help with registration, financial aid, accommodations, advising, tutoring, and career counseling, given the "Approved with Warning" status?
Contact the staff in the Student Success Center (SSC) at 617-322-3579 or by email at StudentSuccess@laboure.edu.
Please know that if you send an email, you will receive an automatic reply with open Zoom links to connect with Advising and Student Success staff. While our staff will also respond to your email, you are welcome to join one of our Zoom links to directly connect with an advisor as well. Open Zooms are held at various hours Monday through Friday.
Will the College provide information about the "Approved with Warning" status?
Yes. Nursing leadership visited all professional nursing classes to make students aware of the "Approved with Warning" status. Community forums were held in September 2022 via Zoom. There has been no change in status since September 2022. Moving forward, students will be notified of updates via email.