Towers Hall Lights Up in Pink and Blue to Honor Nurses 

Posted May 10, 2024

Otterbein University celebrated its students, alumni, and faculty working in the nursing field by lighting Towers Hall pink and blue for National Nurses Week 2024.  

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. It was established by the American Nurses Association in 1994 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  

Otterbein has a proud tradition of nursing education, producing highly qualified nurses who are prepared and committed to healthcare. Our bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) students perform above the state and national averages on the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).  

An impressive 100% of the BSN Class of 2023 passed the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt. The graduates worked especially hard, starting their education during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and being the first class to take the “Next Generation NLCEX,” enhanced to assess clinical judgment in nursing. The average first-attempt pass rate was 84.4% for the state of Ohio and 87.6% nationally. 

The graduates had an advantage thanks to Professor Emerita Sue Butz, who served the department for 18 years before retiring this year. Butz used her sabbatical in fall 2022 to focus on transitioning the BSN to new accreditation standards and the new NCLEX licensing examination format, ensuring Otterbein’s students were prepared for the changing landscape of nursing.  

Thank you to all of our Cardinal nurses for your care and commitment!