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  1. by   JerseyGirl1
    The keys to my HESI exit exam success (1023 on 1st try) were as follows:
    1. Know how to do med calculations: IV flow rates, dosage calcs., etc. There were 5 or 6 of these on my test. They were NOT difficult, but you must know how to do them!

    2. The questions themselves are not that difficult....don't listen to people who freak you out with that kind of talk! Just answer the question...don't look for a difficult answer, thinking your's can't be right! You must trust your gut!

    3. Get familiar with "priority of care" type-questions...such as, which patient can be moved from the ICU to make room for a new admission. Remembering your ABCs (airway, breathing, circulation) will go far here.

    4. Learn about which tasks can be delegated to UAPs (i.e., aides) and LPNs. There are several questions dealing with this topic.

    For the record, I feel the HESI is being used unfairly...I think it should ONLY be used as a tool to help students prepare for the NCLEX, not as a barrier for advancement. If schools are turning out students who can't pass HESI, that is their fault, not the students!

    Good luck to all!
  2. by   Imafloat
    I think something that may help on the HESI is the Kaplan NCLEX RN 2007 book. It talks about strategies and how to answer the NCLEX type questions which are like HESI. I made a 958 the first time I took the HESI, I did no preparation for it, trusted my gut and was done in a little over an hour. If I had read this Kaplan book first I probably would have scored a lot higher.

    I agree that it is crappy to use the HESI to hold your degree back from you. Our school uses it as a predictor, you get 2 chances to make over 800 and if you don't they suggest an NCLEX remediation class. They wanted us to use it to find our weaknesses so we would know what to study for the NCLEX.
  3. by   Tbone3
    I think people should know that HESI is difficult so that they can practice thier critical thinking skills. I agree that sometimes we make it worst by getting freaked out. But when your future as a nurse is based on an exam that a lot of schools lack in preparing sometimes you just can't help but to worry. but when it is time to take that test try your best to leave the worries and anxiety outside that testing center.

    those of you who will be taking the exam this is good advice but you should also include answering as many questions as possible and reviewing and understanding all the rationales.
  4. by   Kerrigan 06
    I took HESI for the first time this morning. I got a 1063; I've not used the HESI review book, only regular NCLEX-RN materials. As for now, I can't really remember anything that was on the test... maybe in a few hours I'll think of something and some sage advice... :spin:
  5. by   jessica<3RN
    I must take the HESI in order to apply to nursing school. Can someone please tell me where I can find resourceful information/a studyguide to help me with this examination. How does the HESI differ from the NCLEX??

    Thanks a bunch!
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  7. by   nursekatie22
    We had to do it in our last semester, but at my other school we had to do ATI testing every quarter and had to get a certain percentage correct or we couldn't pass the class. It's not too bad, but it's like the NCLEX so critical thinking's a must!
  8. by   moongirl
    I took the HESI in December. I got an 1052. The only thing I used to study was Saunders NCLEX book
  9. by   NeosynephRN
    I took a HESI Mid-cirricular last semester I got a 953...I did not study at all...not one bit!! I also took it at home with all three of my kids here who of course were not behaving...so I was OK with that score! We will be taking a couple more this semseter..it is our last semester!!
  10. by   mscookie
    I completed my nursing program 12/06. I took my exit exam and failed each time. My school has kicked me out and I'm left without a degree. Its 4 students in my situation. We received no remediation each time I took the exam only a print out of our results. We have been trying to file a grivence, but we are getting the run around. On top of all of this 2 of the students (including myself) lost veryting in Hurricane Katrina and is now without the one thing I had to look forward to. Our DON has told us to try Nurse Assisting as a means of employment. If any has been through this and has later received their degree, please reply.
  11. by   moongirl
    Quote from mscookie
    I completed my nursing program 12/06. I took my exit exam and failed each time. My school has kicked me out and I'm left without a degree. Its 4 students in my situation. We received no remediation each time I took the exam only a print out of our results. We have been trying to file a grivence, but we are getting the run around. On top of all of this 2 of the students (including myself) lost veryting in Hurricane Katrina and is now without the one thing I had to look forward to. Our DON has told us to try Nurse Assisting as a means of employment. If any has been through this and has later received their degree, please reply.
    could you retake your last semester, restudy for the HESI using tips from those of us who have passed.. will they allow you readmittance?
    if not that, what about re doing your final semester elsewhere? there has to be SOMETHING you can do, those years of school have to count for something!
  12. by   mscookie
    Thank you so much for replying. No we can't redo our semester because we were the last class of the old program. They are phasing out that particular program so that class no longer exists at our school. We received a failing grade in Med Surg 3 because we didn't meet the 850 requirement even though we passed with a B. No other school will take our classes so we will have to start reapply to the program and start over. We even asked to go and take the HUSRT review and show proof and then sit for our state boards, but they said no. We are in the process of filing a grivience. Please pray for us and thanks again for responding.
  13. by   moongirl
    Quote from mscookie
    Thank you so much for replying. No we can't redo our semester because we were the last class of the old program. They are phasing out that particular program so that class no longer exists at our school. We received a failing grade in Med Surg 3 because we didn't meet the 850 requirement even though we passed with a B. No other school will take our classes so we will have to start reapply to the program and start over. We even asked to go and take the HUSRT review and show proof and then sit for our state boards, but they said no. We are in the process of filing a grivience. Please pray for us and thanks again for responding.
    I dont understand why no other school will take you. Your Med Surg 1 and 2 should be transferrable to another nurding program and you should only have to take your last semester. there is no reason you should have to start from scratch, you only "failed" the last part.

    Fight for it!

    good luck!

    Moon

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