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  1. by   orem
    My ADN students take the HESI exit exam. We have used HESI the past 5 years. With each year I have noted a steady decline in correlation between HESI predictability scores and students who pass/fail.
    Simply stated: Students who score low by HESI standards often pass NCLEX. Students who score high by HESI standards often do not pass.
    I have reveiwed the research related to critiques of HESI and found minimal information. Many schools of nursing (including ours) are using HESI as an indicator for passing NCLEX. We need more data related to HESI....rather than schools of nursing blindly pushing students through HESI exams.
  2. by   anutmeg
    yeah, i took HESI. I go 93.94%

    We also took HESI's after each class (as a final exam) like OB. Med/Surg, and Psych. Then at the end of the program we took a comprehensive one which was also our exit exam.
  3. by   geekgolightly
    Quote from orem
    My ADN students take the HESI exit exam. We have used HESI the past 5 years. With each year I have noted a steady decline in correlation between HESI predictability scores and students who pass/fail.
    Simply stated: Students who score low by HESI standards often pass NCLEX. Students who score high by HESI standards often do not pass.
    I have reveiwed the research related to critiques of HESI and found minimal information. Many schools of nursing (including ours) are using HESI as an indicator for passing NCLEX. We need more data related to HESI....rather than schools of nursing blindly pushing students through HESI exams.
    That's interesting. Do you have numbers crunched on that?

    btw, i passed.
  4. by   orem
    Quote from geekgolightly
    That's interesting. Do you have numbers crunched on that?

    btw, i passed.
    Yes I do have numbers for the past 2 of 3 years.
    Of 20 ADN students who took the HESI exit exam, HESI predicted 15 would fail without remediation. Of those 15 only 2 failed. None of the 20 students took any remediation course or class. Therefore 18 of the 20 students passed even though HESI indicated only 5 would pass.

    The following year 22 students took the HESI exit exam. HESI predicted 10 would fail NCLEX without remediation. Of the 22 only 2 students failed NCLEX. No one remediated through a course or class.

    I want to be clear: HESI may be of use in certain situations. However, at present I am not seeing HESI as a predictor of pass/fail % as HESI inidcates.
    There is the possibility that HESI should be used throughout an entire ADN program, that is to say: HESI should be given at various points all across the curriculum leading toward the exit exam, rather than only as an exit exam.
    If that is the case then there are a number of variables that should be researched.
    Last edit by orem on Jun 18, '04
  5. by   Loraineo
    Like all, I had to take a test at the end of each semester and an exit that was a must pass with a 60%. Unfortunately I had to take the exit exam twice (or should I say fortunate). I did carry a B average in classess and graduated with a 3.2 average. With that said there were 7 of us that did not pass. So far the three of us that have taken the NCLEX have passed. To me it was a kick in the butt to get me serious. I study alot harder than if I had passed the first go around. The one that did not pass the nclex so far passed this ATI the first go around.

    What I feel is a waste are must pass care plan exams after each class. The ATI was a "lets see where you are after each semester". None of the students I know cared about this because it had no meaning at that time and we only focused on what we needed to know to pass the finals in the classess. I truly feel that the ATI test after each exam should be the must pass with scores being low at first and then increase as you progress in your program. If I would of focused on the knowledge I needed for each exam instead of not caring I would have been better prepared.
  6. by   booboojg
    I agree - there have been students in my class that passed the HESI with flying colors yet did not pass the NCLEX - then there are those (like me) that have not yet passed the HESI with an 850 or higher (the highest I've made is a 817) and I feel like if I were to take the NCLEX I would pass. You see, the same thing happened to me when I went into the LVN program, I didn't pass the HESI exit exam and they held me from doing the NCLEX-PN. I then remediated the same course I had already completed with a B and then went onto passing the NCLEX-PN the first time I took it. I have done my own research and even found out that studies are still not conclusive regarding the accuracy of these tests!!! I'm attempting to bring all this to our chancellor and dean of the nursing department because my opinion is that this HESI is just an added frustration from completing the LVN-RN program.
  7. by   booboojg
    I agree - there have been students in my class that passed the HESI with flying colors yet did not pass the NCLEX - then there are those (like me) that have not yet passed the HESI with an 850 or higher (the highest I've made is a 817) and I feel like if I were to take the NCLEX I would pass. You see, the same thing happened to me when I went into the LVN program, I didn't pass the HESI exit exam and they held me from doing the NCLEX-PN. I then remediated the same course I had already completed with a B and then went onto passing the NCLEX-PN the first time I took it. I have done my own research and even found out that studies are still not conclusive regarding the accuracy of these tests!!! I'm attempting to bring all this to our chancellor and dean of the nursing department because my opinion is that this HESI is just an added frustration from completing the LVN-RN program.
  8. by   suebird3
    Quote from new2nicu
    we have to take a hesi after each specialty unit. we took one for ob, and psych, and now this semester (i graduate in dec.) we have to take a peds., med-surg, and manager of care. i hate hesi, i hope it is not like boards. ???

    are these those funky tests that the scores get sent to your house, from whereever it is in the midwest? if so, i took 'em. if not.....a different test, but very, very similar.

    suebird
  9. by   LPN 1980
    Has anyone found practice hesi exams related to psych online that you could take. Just wondering. Also is there anyone that has take a hesi psych that could share how best to prepare for this exam
  10. by   LPN 1980
    I would like to know if anyone knows of an online site to take practice exams for the hesi exam for psych. also does anyone know how best to prepare for this exam
  11. by   stn2003
    i took the hesi interim half-way thru my nursing program and the hesi exit in order to get out and graduate. on both tests i scored around 1150 (97%probability of passing boards). I prepared with the HESI review book and cd that you can buy offline or in bookstores. I think they are awesome review materials and will also be using them, in addition to a Kaplan course, to prepare for boards.
  12. by   lisala
    I agree that the HESI study guide is helpful - if you have time, try to review the little gray boxes titled "HESI Hints" just before the test because some questions will be related to those hints.
  13. by   Serenyd
    www.hesitest.com buy the cd and do the practice questions over and over -- read all the rationales. Buy the book if have time and read the "hints" (mostly I used the cd)
    Our school required a 850 to pass, this year they are upping it to 900. I made something in the 1200's .. I got the 99.99% I didn't realize what it meant until reading this forum! lol. I helped my confidence going into the nclex... passed with 75 questions and was not that worried post-test. Our school has a 100% pass rate on the nclex, but if you can't make the required score on the hesi you don't graduate from nursing school. It really sucks. We lost two seniors (bsn) to the hesi.

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