Those who do medspub/LSRN..do you get class credit for it?

  1. I saw on the other thread that many of you do the LSRN too. Do you get credit/points for it, and how does that work?
    1st semester, just doing it was 10% of our grade. (7 tests-75%, LSRN-10%, exam-15%)
    2nd semester, just doing it was 5% of our grade. (8 tests-80%, LSRN-5%, exam-15%)

    then they realized that people were passing the class based just on the LSRN which isn't cool, since you could "do" them and get every question wrong, but you still did it, so you got the credit.
    so now, for the entire program, first you have to pass the class on your tests/exam average alone (tests-80%, exam-20%). then, if you have a passing average, you get 2 points added on for doing the LSRN according to guidelines.
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   jenrninmi
    We don't do LSRN at my school. I've never heard of it. What is it? I'm assuming it's practice tests??
  4. by   HappyNurse2005
    yes. its thru a website called www.medspub.com. we have to pay for it, then we get an access code from our school. our instructors set up what tests they want us to take on there. i suppose they probably have a large database of tests to choose from. for example, 4th semester some of the tests assigned to us are "disaster planning" (i just finished that one), "management" several med-surg ones-hematological, immune system, infectious, etc a peds one, pharmacology one, psych, women's health, etc. whatever variety of tests your instructor feels you need. Each test has 25-50 questions, multiple choice, situation based. 4 choices. you make your choice, it shows you if you were right or wrong, then you can see the rationale for all the answers. these are considered "practice" tests, as you can see the right/wrong. the teacher can also set some as "closed book" whereyou cant see if they are right/wrong til the end and you are given a grade. (we have to get above 75% on those, and if we didnt we have to take it again til we do). all of this information on if you took the test, how long you spent on it (we are supposed to spend 1min per question), and if a closed book exam, what gradeyou got on it is all transmitted to the teacher.
    its great to help you think critically, good nclex prep in my mind.
    check out the site www.medspub.com and click on the link for the e-learning center, i dont know how much you can see without the school being registered, but it may showyou something.
    hope that explained it!
  5. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from RNinMay2005
    yes. its thru a website called www.medspub.com. we have to pay for it, then we get an access code from our school. our instructors set up what tests they want us to take on there. i suppose they probably have a large database of tests to choose from. for example, 4th semester some of the tests assigned to us are "disaster planning" (i just finished that one), "management" several med-surg ones-hematological, immune system, infectious, etc a peds one, pharmacology one, psych, women's health, etc. whatever variety of tests your instructor feels you need. Each test has 25-50 questions, multiple choice, situation based. 4 choices. you make your choice, it shows you if you were right or wrong, then you can see the rationale for all the answers. these are considered "practice" tests, as you can see the right/wrong. the teacher can also set some as "closed book" whereyou cant see if they are right/wrong til the end and you are given a grade. (we have to get above 75% on those, and if we didnt we have to take it again til we do). all of this information on if you took the test, how long you spent on it (we are supposed to spend 1min per question), and if a closed book exam, what gradeyou got on it is all transmitted to the teacher.
    its great to help you think critically, good nclex prep in my mind.
    check out the site www.medspub.com and click on the link for the e-learning center, i dont know how much you can see without the school being registered, but it may showyou something.
    hope that explained it!
    I think I'll mention this site to my school. It sounds like a good program. This semester we will be taking the RNCAT twice one that's due in march, the other is due in April some time. It's a review I guess for the NCLEX and has to be passed with a certain score, not sure what the score needs to be. I haven't taken it yet.

    Well, thanks for the info!
  6. by   RedSox33RN
    It's only equal to 2% of our overall grade. I know of one person just kicking themselves for not doing it (we get 100% on it no matter what the test results were on it) because she ended up with a 78%. That last 2%, had she done LSRN, would have let her pass Fundamentals.
  7. by   HappyNurse2005
    well, i guess i forgot to mention we have to do it. if we just plain say "screw the 2 points i dont care" we get an incomplete for class grade and don't go on.
  8. by   manna
    Last semester, if we made 75+ on a couple of assigned exams, we got 2 extra bonus points on exam in a particular class (IF we were passing). This semester, we're required to complete certain exams with a 75+ and log at least 15h of practice time... it's just a pass/fail requirement, no course credit other than that it MUST be done or you fail the whole course. Kind of a PITA.
  9. by   LeesieBug
    We have to spend 45 minutes on each test, then the last test we get bonus points for certain percentages (80%, get 3 points added to your grade on the final exam, for example).

    We don't receive grades for them, just have to do them or we won't complete the course.

    Last semester they finally got us hooked up so we can access them at home! It is sooo much better than having to spend hours every semester at the computer lab.
  10. by   klone
    We must take a certain Meds Pub test and turn the score in to our instructor by a certain date. We need to pass it with at least 75% and we can take it as many times as we need in order to get 75%. We don't get points for it, but it needs to be turned in by that date.

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