To all current/prospective nursing students at NMSU,
Once you graduate from nursing school and meet other RN's that graduated from various nursing schools across the country, you will come to realize that ALL NURSING SCHOOLS ARE BASICALLY THE SAME. The same complaints about NMSU's nursing program are the same ones i've heard dozens of times from many of my coworkers i've worked at various hospitals. I'm currently a traveling RN (and a graduate of NMSU's BSN program), so i've spoken to plenty of nurses within NM and throughout the nation about their experiences through nursing school.
It's funny because the same complaints i read on these message boards (e.g. "professors are lousy and can't teach,"; "lab facilities aren't open long enough,"; "too many students at clinical sites or not enough clinical sites/rotations," "endless/pointless care plans," etc...) are the same ones i've heard from other RN's. I even have cousins who went to Medical School and Dental School who had very similar complaints about instructors and clinical rotations.
My point is, nursing school isn't easy anywhere you go. There are dozens of other students who have applied to NMSU's nursing school who were not accepted, but they would love to be in the program still, despite all the complaints/comments made throughout these forums.
Regarding the HESI, nearly all nursing schools administer these exams in one form or another. In some schools in Arizona, they have a HESI exam that you have to pass in order to even be accepted into the nursing program. And in Texas, there's a school where you have to pass a HESI exam to get into the program, in addition to another HESI exam you have to pass in order to graduate from the School of Nursing (just like @ NMSU). Taking and passing this exam only helps students in the longrun because it is very similar to the style of questions found on the NCLEX.
Nursing students have to realize that they cannot be spoonfed information to them, and they must read/research on their own time in order to digest the information thrown at them. Also, clinicals are the best time for nursing students to learn something. Many get too caught up on writing out careplans or filling out their pre-clinical paperwork and miss the big picture on what's going on with their patients.
Lastly, i think success in nursing school also depends a lot upon your classmates, too. My graduating class had our fair share of complaints each semester and we even butted heads with each other frequently. But all of us helped each other out every semester no matter what. It was like that with the semester ahead of us and with the class graduating after us. So, i thought that every cohort of nursing students would be like that, but judging from some of the comments made throughout these message boards, it seems that some classes may not be as cohesive as others.
Overall, NMSU's nursing program is a great program, and every nurse i know that graduated from there are exceptional nurses. Many of them have already made their way up to heads of their departments. So, just stick with it and suck it up... you'll know what i'm talking about once you've graduated and done your time in the nursing world.