Hello fellow educators....I am dealing with a dilema which I have no control over as I am a staff member, not administration, but it is just eating away at my concious. My community college uses the HESI exit exam for the ADN and LVN programs. Regardless of how good your GPA is, clinical performance and so on....along April or so, you have to pass a "exit exam" with a score of 850 or better in order to "Walk with your diploma". If you fail to pass the test you are allowed to take it again. If you fail again, you are out. Don't pass go, don't collect you monopoly money!!!! The problem I have with it, and I am not alone in this, IS>>> a couple of students each year per program, fails the HESI, despite being quality nursing students and according to the census of most instructors would pass the NCLEX with no problems. Other schools in our area use the HESi,but as a tool to help the students focus on their areas of weakness. I feel we should not leave it up to a third party vendor to make or break these kids, who have put their lives on hold, pawned everything they own, just to be one of us.
Am I normal to feel this way? I have discussed it with other staff and told it is the policy of the college network, DON'T go there...etc.
Your viewpoints would be appreciated. I just want my students to all have a shot at NCLEX after proving themselves to me, not a private vendor.
Feb 21, '07
I also have a problem with outside testmakers dictating curriculum. Personally, I just can't see why the exit test is required for graduation in your school or other schools. I wonder what the motivation is here. Are the board scores really low; or are the companies REALLY pushing their products? Is there academic justification for adding another level of testing?
Last edit by bookwormom on Feb 21, '07
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