Published on August 2, 2017 by Olivia Halverson  

Samford University will welcome Sylvia Rayfield & Associates and I CAN Publishing Inc. as they host a faculty development session for nurse educators Aug. 7–8.

The two-day conference focuses on elevating and sustaining high National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) pass rates. This is the second time the two companies have hosted the conference at Samford. 

To practice as a registered nurse, all nursing students must pass the NCLEX-RN upon completing their undergraduate degree. Sylvia Rayfield, owner of Sylvia Rayfield & Associates, partnered with Ida Moffett School of Nursing to create a continuing education curriculum that would help faculty better prepare students to excel on the NCLEX-RN. 

Faculty who attend the program interact with valuable National Council of State Boards of Nursing research. They are challenged and guided to improve their test development skills and teaching strategies.

Nursing faculty from a number of universities in Alabama and other states will gather for the conference. “This year, the conference is being held in Samford’s beautiful new College of Health Sciences building,” Rayfield said. “The trip will be well worth it.”

To register for the event, call Sylvia Rayfield & Associates Inc. at 1-800-234-0575, or go to for more information.

Rayfield is a 1959 graduate of Birmingham Baptist Hospital, and she served as a member of Samford’s nursing advisory board for several years. She and her company have collaborated with Ida Moffett School of Nursing for several years to work to improve the pass rates on NCLEX-RN scores in Alabama and surrounding areas.

Olivia Halverson is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the College of Health Sciences.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.