City Colleges of Chicago and HESI exit exam

  1. 2 hello, everyone! good morning. i have a classmate here with me and she would like to make several comments based on her experience with our school and the hesi exam. please, be kind with your replies. please. note, this is her opinion and her experiences! lets respect that. thank you!

    [color=#333333]the academic staff at one of the city colleges of chicago awarded me my grades, which indicates mastery of their nursing program.
    [color=#333333]i was unsuccessful with the hesi exit exam, an exam that was utilized to protect their own pass rates two months before my graduation. the city colleges of chicago is implementing this exam only as an obstacle to prevent myself and other qualified classmates from taking the nclex rn exam. this strategy shows only one design, and that is only to give an artificially inflated pass rate for the school. which indicates that the city colleges of chicago lacks concern of the success of their students, but is only concern in protecting their own pass rates. i am not arguing the importance of appropriate and relevant testings. but the city colleges of chicago is using this exam to deny me and other classmates who have successfully completed the academic program the opportunity to graduate and sit for boards.


    it all boils down to the city colleges of chicago not having confidence in their own academic program. they are trying to bolster their nclex pass rates by eliminating me and other classmates from the test pool. if they have legitimate reason to question me and other students' ability to pass nclex, then why have i passed all of their nursing classes? if i had any unsatisfactory performance i should have been weeded out of the program long before completing the program! i provided above standard care of my patients and received excellent evaluations/competency from my instructors for the two years that i was in the program. my family and i sacrificed a lot. i completed the program, and paid my tuitions. my score was 85%, which indicates the probability by percentage of passing the state boards exam (nclex rn). olive harvey college stated they will not allow me to sit for boards or give me my nursing degree unless i scored 87% or above. the hesi exam is not a competency exam. only the nclex rn is the nationally recognized competency exam. i have accumulated over 100 college credit hours and most are nursing. nursing courses are not transferable. there over 1 yr. long waiting list in other nursing programs. i am in debt from college loans and with no degree to show for it. does this sound fair to you?


    in simple terms what am i talking about?
    what is the hesi exit exam? its an exam that determines the probability by percentage if you will pass the nclex rn exam. it is also used for both the faculty and students, to determine the student and nursing curriculum of their areas of weakness. in other words, it's a probability and assessment exam.
    for example, there are 43 students who completed the nursing program. out of the 43 students only three passed the hesi exit exam. out the three who passed the hesi exit exam, only two passed the nclex rn exam. now, the school can state that they have 99% nclex pass rate. according to the state requirement, if nursing programs can show they have above 87% nclex first time test taker pass rate (i think that the%) they can attain more money from the state and it will bait more investors. but, what nobody knows is that, the 40 students who completed the program, cannot attain their nursing degree or take the nclex rn exam. those 40 students are left with nothing but a student loan, low self esteem, and humiliation. four years of nursing school down the drain.
    one more thing, there are seven colleges within the city colleges of chicago. therefore, if there are 40 students who were unsuccessful, that would not include all the other six colleges. you can assume, 40 students times 6 colleges. plus, students graduate in december and may. that's 240 students times 2. you do the math. my classmates have been without their earned degree since 2006. i can assure you, currently, this sort of deceptive practice is still occurring city college wide. those students who were not successful, were abandoned by the school.


    another thing, the city college policy is so subjective. they chose who can and cannot re-take the hesi exam. nobody knows how and why, but its true.
    here is the kicker. you can take the nclex rn exam, according to the state licensing board up to twelve times within three years. but, the city colleges of chicago only counts those students who will pass nclex rn exam the first time. the second time test takers don't count. i wonder how many excellent doctors, and lawyers passed their boards the first time? i would like to hear from other city colleges of chicago nursing students who are going through this. we need to get together democratically and voice our concerns. this sort of diagnostic test is not being utilized in medical school. mayor daley i hope you will read this. how many times did it take you to pass your bar exam?

    there are a lot of issues and concerns regarding the punitive uses of this exam. the creator of hesi, susan morrison has stated herself that she did not create these exams for punitive reasons, but as a learning tool. i hope i have a few supporters regarding this issue. if the city colleges of chicago truly wanted their students to be successful, they should have utilized the hesi exam throughout the curriculum and not just at the end. it should have been implemented after each nursing course, which will give the student familiarity base, and used accordingly as an assessment tool for both the faculty and student. why did they have to wait until we have completed the program? can you imagine? you received you final grades, than for the school to tell you, "oh by the way, you have to take another test, if you don't pass this one, you will not get your nursing degree and you won't be able sit for your licensing board?"

    i would like nothing more than your support. help my classmates, please. if you have any question please ask away. you can research this issue, there are a lot of students who have voiced their concerns. i am afraid this sort of deceptive practice is becoming a trend with most nursing programs. other programs, have taken accountability and fixed their mistakes. unfortunately, the city colleges of chicago have not. i doubt that they will.
    contact mayor daley, senator dick durbin, reporters, past, current students, nurses and anyone else you can think of to attend and advocate us. please!
    the next board meeting will be held thursday, may 7, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. room 300 district office, 226 west jackson boulevard, chicago, il 60606.


    my classmates and i do not have anymore money to take them to court and we don't have the resources. telling our story is all i, we have. i pray a savior will come. i have faith in the lord in the people. mind you, we are not asking for a free-ride. we asking for what we worked hard for - the opportunity to take the nclex rn exam.

    i am sorry if this is so lengthy. i am sure that some of you can understand how much pain i am in. i and my classmates are suffering fiancially. please, help us.
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  4. Visit  chubbyhubby profile page
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    Richard M. Daley failed his bar exam twice before finally passing it. It sounds like the HESI is quite similar to the ATI testing going on at WSCN. Most people feel that the less qualified students should be filtered out via the classroom, and not via such an abstract and objective test. It may not help much, but there are a lot of people in your shoes.
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    They should have tried to weed those people out in the begininng versus letting them in the program so they could suck them dry (money) and then tell them you can't sit for boards. If they feel you cant pass boards due to this exam, it is a reflection upon them as teachers!

    The pass/fail on state boards reflects the teachers not students. These are things they should have taught.

    THEY DIDNT DO WHAT THEY WHERE SUPPOSED TO DO!!
  6. Visit  2btmanrn profile page
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    Well, if it took Mayor Daley twice to pass his BAR exam, the school would not count him. If his school had HESI he woudln't of been able to take his BAR exam, anyway.

    The HESI is a predictor. According to our school, you must pass it by 87% or higher. Meaning, you have an 87% or higher chance of passing NCLEX exam the first time.

    Remember, the school receives more money, funding if the NCLEX pass rate is high for "first time test takers," ONLY. The second time test takers are NOT counted.
  7. Visit  natalieonaje profile page
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    I attend Chicago State University and we have the same problem here. If we don't pass HESI on the first attempt, they won't allow us to walk across stage. We get 4 attempts and if we don't pass by the 4th attempt, they don't award us our degree and they make you change your major. The school does NOTHING to help us prepare for this test which we're expected to score a 900 or better. Before we even get to HESI, we have to pass ATI for each clinical class we complete at a level 2.
  8. Visit  destined2bCRNA profile page
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    This is ridiculous. I brought this issue up in my nursing class this past Monday and we had a lengthy discussion about it. I attended one of the City Colleges of Chicago and could not wait to escape from there. I'm reading about so many colleges of nursing using the HESI as punitive measure and this seems so illegal. Something needs to be done and you guys should never stop fighting. Many attendees of the City Colleges of Chicago are below the poverty level and to take the initiative to complete such a difficult program as nursing conveys these students' desires to become something in life and to be able to provide for there families. Don't stop fighting.
  9. Visit  woody436 profile page
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    Something like this happens EVERY year with the City Colleges of Chicago...and nothing ever changes. It's nice to vent, but in the end nothing will change.
  10. Visit  Trumanstudent profile page
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    Hello everyone,


    This HESI exam is really UNFAIR and the students of the city colleges of chicago should all unite and storm the district office, illinois board of nursing, etc. until our voices are heard. This is my story. We were told that our HESI exit was on Sunday May 10, 2009. We all complained stating is was Mothers Day and we didn't have enough time to prepare just coming off a semester. But were told 'this is the only day'. We all showed up at 7:00 a. m. May 10 for the test. Due to a computer error the test didn't start until 10:00 AM. It gets worse. We were then told after hours of waiting (until 7:00 PM) that we wouldn't get our scores that day because the computers 'weren't working'. When we got our scores the next day a HUGE number of students failed (more than 60%). Then at about 2:30 p.m. on Monday May 11 an annoucement went out over blackboard that due to the computer errors the test was a throw out and the people that scored lower then 870 had another chance to take it on Tuesday May 12, 2009. If you were out of town or didn't get the mesage - tough luck. We all know how stressful this test is besides the fact that we all know what happens if you don't make the 870. If the test was a throw out then why did the people who scored above an 870 not have to retake it too? There is a big cover up with none of the administration answering our questions. (When they want to bend the rules they can). We all want an audit of the test and explanations as this is ILLEGAL. We students, the ones studying, going to clinicals, making the grade are being used so that the administration looks good. The schools policy states that you must pass a final exam before graduation. But what they don't tell you that it is this God awful exam that you only get two tries to pass. The material on HESI is not the material we studied in school. Our mandatory review we had to attend was not a HESI review but an NCLEX review in which both instructors stated how much harder HESI was than NCLEX. If you sign up with KAPLAN for $250.00 they GUARANTEE you will pass the NCLEX but not HESI. If you sign up with the city colleges, you pay thousands not to mention the thousand of hours studying and get no guarantee whatsoever.


    There are so many people in the city of chicago nursing programs that feel this way. We need a leader and a joint effort and a lawyer. HELP!!!!
  11. Visit  bilingualnurse profile page
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    Truman student;
    Are you serious? You only get two chances to take the HESI?
  12. Visit  2btmanrn profile page
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    Welp...here we go again. Every year its the same thing over and over and over again. No one will LISTEN. No one will step up to the plate until it effects them - personally. You CANNOT win this battle ..... BECAUSE the city colleges of chicago know that every year that students will NOT STICKE TOGETHER and fight them. Every year, only a few students will fight them whether be in court on some other way. NO MATTER what in the long run, the school is very AWARE that the students DO NOT stick together.

    THE ONLY WAY... to stop this malicious, apprehensible tactics from re occurring is to protest in front of district with everyone! Get the media involve. I cant stress this enough. Find ALL the students successful or unsuccessful with HESI and protest. Stick together until EVERYONE gets what is right. You completed the program, your student handbook said to give you an exit exam after completion, but the exit exam you are being was never covered in your classess.

    NO Brainer... if the students fail that means the teacher... the program failed. BUT its only the students who are being punished.

    STICK TOGETHER and fight if you want to WIN. Otherwise, don't bother.
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    Wondering if this is true? I heard the Vice President of Richard J. Daley College is the Godchild of Mayor Richard Daley. Hummmmmmmm!!! If it is true...Now, I and 42 of my fellow students who failed second year of nursing school know whose pocket our nursing tuition went into. 90 of us started the second year of nursing school at Richard J. Daley College and after the first semester 43 of us failed.
    The Medical/Surgical lectures were horrible! The most important lectures for nursing school were horrible! One teacher that needs to be fired, just told jokes and personal stories. We feel the horrible lectures were intentional!!! Teacher's at Daley College say, "Only the stong and best pass our program!" Once they get investigated, let's see how strong will they survive! Politics is the name of the game!!! Huuuummmmmm...Think Mayor Daley knows what is going on with the nursing program that was named after his "Good Old" father...The media is going to get wind of this and let's see what he is going to say when his face is blasted on the news. "I had no knowledge this was going on!!!" More money in the pocket of politicians of the City Colleges. Fafsa should investigate.
    Yeah o.k. Again, now I know whose pocket my money went into!
    Know this...Karma is a wonderful blessing.
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    Quote from trumanstudent
    hello everyone,


    this hesi exam is really unfair and the students of the city colleges of chicago should all unite and storm the district office, illinois board of nursing, etc. until our voices are heard. this is my story. we were told that our hesi exit was on sunday may 10, 2009. we all complained stating is was mothers day and we didn't have enough time to prepare just coming off a semester. but were told 'this is the only day'. we all showed up at 7:00 a. m. may 10 for the test. due to a computer error the test didn't start until 10:00 am. it gets worse. we were then told after hours of waiting (until 7:00 pm) that we wouldn't get our scores that day because the computers 'weren't working'. when we got our scores the next day a huge number of students failed (more than 60%). then at about 2:30 p.m. on monday may 11 an annoucement went out over blackboard that due to the computer errors the test was a throw out and the people that scored lower then 870 had another chance to take it on tuesday may 12, 2009. if you were out of town or didn't get the mesage - tough luck. we all know how stressful this test is besides the fact that we all know what happens if you don't make the 870. if the test was a throw out then why did the people who scored above an 870 not have to retake it too? there is a big cover up with none of the administration answering our questions. (when they want to bend the rules they can). we all want an audit of the test and explanations as this is illegal. we students, the ones studying, going to clinicals, making the grade are being used so that the administration looks good. the schools policy states that you must pass a final exam before graduation. but what they don't tell you that it is this god awful exam that you only get two tries to pass. the material on hesi is not the material we studied in school. our mandatory review we had to attend was not a hesi review but an nclex review in which both instructors stated how much harder hesi was than nclex. if you sign up with kaplan for $250.00 they guarantee you will pass the nclex but not hesi. if you sign up with the city colleges, you pay thousands not to mention the thousand of hours studying and get no guarantee whatsoever.


    there are so many people in the city of chicago nursing programs that feel this way. we need a leader and a joint effort and a lawyer. help!!!!

    i was there and i was wondering what happened at the other schools now i know that it was only our school who got answers to the test first and this was done because some students were lucky enough to go to the wia review and after years of talking to students answers to some of the questions were gathered and given out but it won't help next years students becaus

    re: hesi exit test
    i know this is a year later but even worse happened to us regarding the hesi please read my thread i started under illinois nurses its called hesi destroys lives in chicago or better yet read the one under nursing faculty-nursing educators-/hesi exit test it post number 190 done on 7/2/09 it all about how some of the answers were given to some of the students and how the school is treating the students who didn't have the answers. you really need to read this there are so many people who didn't pass hesi and are not nurses their lives are ruined. please look into to this thanks so much if you need help please email and i can send you a copy. i am going to see if i can paste it to this message.
    email me at amparo.mckinley@gmail.com. thanks again

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    i am a victim of the devastating effects of the hesi. i have bad news for those who are fighting the hesi thru the city colleges. over spring break wia which is a source of school funding that people who attend city colleges are aware of tried to get a hesi reviewer in and pay for it. students who don't have wia such as myself and 13 others were not invited to the hesi review. wia at the last minute decided not to pay for the review because it is not part of the city of chicago colleges curriculm but our esteem interim director decided to allow the review to be held and students pay for it out of their own pockets it was 225.00 imagine having to come up with that at the last minute and most of us can't work in our final year. anyway the people who took the review were told quite a few of the answers to the test hesi version 1(all the students were not informed of the review they didn;t call us or let us know that they were having a hesi review). after completing our final year and passing we took a 3 day board paid for nclex review at malcom x college and then we got only 1 day to study for hesi in fact we take hesi the end of the week after our finals so we get no time to study for hesi because we are studying to pass finals (and then the 3 day review starts ) they don't even give us a week to study for hesi.

    the day before hesi the students who were at the review were emailed 80 of the answers to the questions of hesi version -1 test so for the first time ever olive harvey passed 70 students at one time some people finished the four hour test within 1 hour how about that. we who didn't get answers mailed to us were called to the school monday the day after the test and were told that some type of computer malfunction happened and those who failed could retake the test because some answers weren't recorded correctly, not everyone would retake the test just those who failed. well we were given the answers to the test version that day, which was one day after the test and of course we went in with confidence because never have 70 people passed and we were finally given the answers to 80 of the questions just like everyone else.

    the test was changed and it was much more difficult plus we spent all night studying the answers to version 1 just like the 70 classmates who had the answers saturday nite before the test. (i did ask my so called friends why would they not call everyone and make sure they had the information and i was told they thought everyone had it afterall they got it the day before the test so the had to spend the only 1 day we get to study memorizing the answers). well of course i failed 836 as well as did my other classmates. one of my classmates who failed was president of the student nurses assoc. and one of our class officers. we didn't get to graduate or take part in the pinning ceremony and i owe over 38,000.00 in student loans i did so well in school i got excellent grades and worked my fanny off. now i will never be a nurse and i am 40yrs old i wasted 4 years of my life and i have nothing but debt to show for it.

    we are not being given another review like last years students who didn't pass hesi got because it was of course so many of them just like it is every year. this year nearly the whole class passed so they are completely abandoning us. i emailed the director and she emailed me back that she is on vacation and would not answer any email until she got back aug. 17th my classmate went to see the dean and now she is answering us but only because they have too. they could care less how they have destroyed our lives. i found a document with students names who have failed the hesi and that is year after year most students and i wondered what happens to all theses people 40-50 students per school where are they?

    we got a letter saying we must pay for our own review to take the test for the second time. the first time where the 70 students passed doesn't count only the second time counted. (i know that evolve and the entire school knows that wide spread cheating went on but no one will admit it, i did get the answer sheet one day after the test and probably i wouldn't be this upset if i had of been one of those who passed cause i am aware that the odds are against us they don't teach us to pass hesi we do that on our own. so without the help the students who passed got most of them would not have passed some of them barely passed their classes.) last year the school paid for a rayfield review to come in and teach the students before they tested a second time this year we get nothing and if you don't have the money to pay for your own review by 7/3/09 you can't take the test until dec. how about that? for unfairness. they told us by letter that we must pay for our own review and we must provide proof and then we can retest on 7/17/09 or in dec.

    i would have never wasted my money and time going to nursing school working like a dog if i had known this would happen, i understand why there is a nursing shortage? i wonder if we can take the lpn or are we just stuck with nothing? i don't know what to do should i wait till dec when i will have forgotten everything or is it possible to get into another nursing school? can anyone help or give me some answers thanks in advance for any help
    left out and devastated



    e they change the test every three years please email. i have talked to someone who can help but she doesnt want to have a problem with city colleges. you can email me as i hope others will who go to city colleges. they are giving another test this month but no review unless we pay for it. read on please
  15. Visit  vanasd profile page
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    I have a friend of mine that is currently in nursing school in Georgia. She is dealing with a similar situation with HESI. She has graduated along with other students and has not passed HESI, therefore, cannot take the NCLEX. The score she has to obtain is a 900. The students are allowed to take the test 10 times and she will be taking it for the 5th time on Wednesday. HESI is a complete joke. If anyone is thinking of going into a nursing program look for one that has no exit exam. She and many others are still trying to pass HESI and they graduated in May. She always makes above 800 but has yeat to make a 900. There have also been people that have made in the 890 range and still must keep taking it because they have not reached a 900. The college also payed for the students to take the Rayfield Review and it did not help them much for HESI. I think she is best for NCLEX review. HESI I have been told is much harder than NCLEX.

    Continue to pray, Goodluck!!


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