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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... Read More


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    Hi,
    Can anyone tell me where i locate material to study for the exit exam?
    I have just finished med-surg and we (class) will need to sit for the exit exam to graduate.
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    Okay - I was told that the exit exam covers Renal, OB, Leadership, and Diabetes most. The other topics are in the test but not as concentrated. Don't forget to study drug administration etc. Also, I do not know what books you are studying out of but if they are part of the Elsevier Evolve system and have study disks with them, use them for quick reviews. I also have a Sylvestri Nclex-RN Examination book. This covers everything and in detail. It is also part of the Elsevier program. Great studying tool for exit exams and nclex exams. The instructors at the college said that this book is the closest they have seen to the national NCLEX exam.
    Hope this helps anyone who is trying to study for exit exams.

    What other stipulations does your college have if you don't make an 850? Legally, they cannot keep you from graduating but you will have to get an attorney. Hesi Exit Exam is an outside vendor. It is for pass rate information for the school only. The school should offer another way to graduate. Ours, we have to show we are enrolled in a KAPLAN course which may I add is over $400 to take for a 4 day class.
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    Hello everyone,
    I just took the Hesi RN exam today and I am very concerned. I scored a 796. I tried to think critically and take my time completing the exam. When I reviewed the questions missed, it appeared that I am having trouble picking the "most" right answer and that I am picking the Second best answer each time. Also, some of the rationales given for the answers were hard to decipher because it seemed that they chose an answer to something that was not addressed in the question. I am struggling at home, school, and have had to quit my job. Our school states that if we dont pass the HESI with a 900 or better then we have to take a 300 dollar nclex prep course. I didn't use that course last year and I passed my Nclex pn in less than 20 questions. I am begining to become discouraged and question myself as to my abilities to be an RN and if this is truely what God is calling me to do. I am very concerned and would like any advice/suggestions that you all might have. thank you very much, concerned student
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    Hello Everyone,
    I want to thank you for the information. It was told in the beginning of the program that a exit exam will be administered to see where one's weaknesses but, now we are at the end preparing for the exit exam; the instructor now saids that we must pass the exit exam to graduate but, it is not stipulated in any papers or contract we have signed. THis is addressed to txnurstudent08:I think at times we become stressed and exhausted that sometimes we became annoyed. In my opinion if you made it this far that u must continued. just pray, get some rest and exercise when you take a break from studying.
    Last edit by ursurla on Mar 15, '08
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    I didn't use that course last year and I passed my Nclex pn in less than 20 questions.
    Umm, the minimum number of questions on the NCLEX-PN is 85.

    Anyway, assuming I get into the LPN-RN program for this Fall, I'll inquire early on as to whether or not they mandate passing a HESI exam in order to graduate. If they do, I'll be sure to study my butt off for it. The stipulation that low-scoring students take an NCLEX review course actually sounds fair and prudent, though.

    I took some sort of exit exam (I don't believe it was the HESI) at the end of my PN program, and I recall that we did need a certain score, but I don't recall much beyond that. I passed it on my first try and promptly forgot about it. I know that nobody failed due to being unable to do it.
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    If you really want to know the specifics of the HESI debate, find the article written by Dr. Spurlock titled "Do No Harm" High Stakes Testing in Nursing Education or something to that effect. He is an instructor with Mt. Carmel School of Nursing and researched this very topic extensively. I have purchased a copy of this and encourage everyone to do the same. Very informative and well written. Hats off to Dr. Spurlock!
    ERDude
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    I've done well through all of nursing school, and even through my pre-reqs. My school requires a 950 to pass the HESI exit exam. I took it today for the 3rd and final time and got a 938. I am so angry because I know I will be a good nurse, and my score shows that I know a lot. I have to pay $1000+ to retake the class and re-take the HESI's. I have a job lined up to begin June 2nd. I just want to know - IS THERE, OR IS THERE NOT A NURSING SHORTAGE??!! I have paid my tuition, done my hours, passed my classes, and jumped through every hoop I've been asked to jump through! I am concerned about my school's accreditation, but I am also concerned about my own career and finances. None of this makes much sense to me, and I am an older student, doing a mid life career change. I'd rather spit on the HESI review book than read it one more time. It will make good kindling this winter.
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    Hi. my school also requires our Hesi score to be 950 which is highest in our area compared to other programs. I have taken it and make an 825. I have one more try and if I don't pass, I too will have to pay 1000.00 or more to take the summer class of 2 hours and pay to take the hesi exam again. I have a job in line as well and a house on hold with hope that I pass. we have had 21 students fail out of 46. That includes our BSN and ADN programs together. I feel that the score should be lowered or the test not count as to whether we graduate or not. I wish I had some good advice about the hesi, but unfortunately I don't. I too am very bitter about it as well as my classmates. Good luck with it in the future.
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    Quote from Nurse-Teacher23
    As an instructor, I think HESI is great. It has been studied (nursing research and evidence-based practice - don't you love it??? ) and it has been shown to have more than a 95% correlation to passing the NCLEX if the scores are above 850.
    Yes, it is all about pass rates and accreditation, but those are the things that allow me and my program to continue teaching more hopeful nursing students. My suggestion is to raise the bar earlier in the program - even in admission and selection - and to pass along only those students who attain 75% or greater in testing and comprehensive final examinations. Require students to begin early using computerized NCLEX style testing programs and to provide written and referenced rationales for every incorrect answer on every test they take in your program - don't provide it for them! "What the nurse does for the patient makes the patient strong", and likewise, what the teacher does for the student makes the teacher strong.
    Here's hoping for a continued 100% NCLEX pass rate!
    A 100% NCLEX pass rate, yes because that is as realistic as it is just for a student who can make it through a grueling and intense nursing program, but might just need a 2nd shot at passing the NCLEX.

    I hope everyone realizes that this HESI does not determine how a nursing student who needed a second chance to pass still exhibits the potential to be a compassionate, thorough, and kindhearted nurse.
    Last edit by VickyRN on May 8, '08 : Reason: TOS, PM sent to poster
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    Quote from sugardrops
    What other stipulations does your college have if you don't make an 850? Legally, they cannot keep you from graduating but you will have to get an attorney. Hesi Exit Exam is an outside vendor. It is for pass rate information for the school only. The school should offer another way to graduate. Ours, we have to show we are enrolled in a KAPLAN course which may I add is over $400 to take for a 4 day class.
    If our instructors will not support us in having this banned in our respective institutions, then we all need to band together as classmates and have our voice heard with legal representation.

    Their accreditation and pass rates cost us extensive hardships.

    It's about time the students' voices are hard without fear or repercussion from our educators.

    Whose side are they on anyhow.


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