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the hesi exam is officially abolished and we are now all able to graduate!!! students that should have graduated in may 2010 will graduate on aug. 11 2010. the other students from 2005-2009 are given another date. it did not happen over night. it was a group effort from students from malclom x college that made it happen. i was involved in that group. we started on this process a week after may 10th. we made flyers, we protested, and we met with the chancellor and her cheif of staff. we addressed all our concerns. we also did research on the exam and provided documents on the exam and how it was being abused. we asked help from other students from other city colleges. some students from olive harvey came out to help us in our quest. most students from other schools criticized us and said, " nothing will happen... it's a waste of time".

" they do this type of stuff every year".

still we did not give up!!! i thank my group and especially our group leader almarie who organized the whole thing. i'm am sooo happy that i was a part of this accomplishment . i thank the chancellor for listening to us and making this happen. she is an amazing person!!!!

this is proof that dreams do happen as long as people stay determined and never give up!!!

check your ccc e-mail.

here is the official letter

[color=#2e3436]june 25, 2010

to: ccc nursing students - class of 2010

from: chancellor cheryl l. hyman

re: nursing comprehensive examination

first, let me thank you for sharing your concerns and experiences about

the nursing program and bringing the issues surrounding the

comprehensive examination to my attention. i appreciate your

professionalism and the research you have provided on this issue. your

persistence and determination are great attributes that will serve you

well in your careers.

after consultation with the college presidents and review of national

policies and best practices relating to nursing programs, i have made a

decision about the issues you have shared with me. my concerns for all

programs at city colleges of chicago are outcomes and student success,

so i will be involved in evaluating the district's nursing programs to

ensure that there is a quality curriculum and students are prepared for

the city's Nursing Jobs. this will not all be done in a short time,

but i assure you that positive changes will occur.

there were some inconsistencies in the timing at which students were

asked to sign acknowledgments of the city colleges of chicago academic

policy pertaining to the nursing comprehensive examination this year,

and the best solution is to allow the 2010 class to receive their

degrees. therefore, students who were enrolled under the current

policy and on track to graduate in may 2010 will be allowed to obtain

their associate in applied science degree in nursing. the official

degree completion date will be may 2010. the deadline date for applying

for graduation is friday, july 30th, 2010. the nursing directors at

your college will be available to assist you in this process. for

students completing this summer 2010, they will be required to complete

the required comprehensive review and test according to their summer

schedule. this policy change will only apply to students who've

successfully completed the nursing program in calendar year 2010, former

nursing students will be addressed later in this document. i will

continue to review other preparatory courses and to consult experts to

ensure that we have high standards in the program.

in order to obtain their degrees, students will need to meet all of the

requirements for the associate in applied science degree in nursing and

must apply for graduation. there is no fee for applying for graduation

or participation in the ceremony. the degree criteria require a total of

70 credit hours: 14 hours of prerequisites, 41 hours of nursing core

courses, and 15 hours of general education courses. once the applied

science application has been approved by the college, the student will

then be eligible to receive his or her nursing state board application.

the college will assist you with this process. we have planned a summer

graduation ceremony and pinning on august 11, 2010 at malcolm x college

for you and your families. the event will start at 6:30 p.m. there is

no limit on the number of friends and family who can attend the

ceremony. please rsvp with your nursing director if you plan on

participating in the ceremony. you will receive more detailed

information about the graduation from the nursing directors. i strongly

encourage you to work hard to prepare for the state nursing examination

and to take a review course, offered by ccc. ccc is offering a state

licensure test-taking and review course this summer at no cost to

students. for those enrolled, we encourage you to stay in the course

and to continue to enhance your skills for the state nursing

examination. if you are interested, please ask the nursing director for

the schedule. students are welcome to attend the day or evening

sessions.

the presidents and i have been researching best practices and have

found that some nursing programs use different products for exit exams

while others use them for assessment. i am still in the evaluation

stage, so there has been no decision about how hesi or any other

examination will be used in the future. for students who have completed

the program between 2005 and 2010, there will be a one- time amnesty

based on the following criteria: completion of all nursing course

requirements for the catalogue year of entrance to nursing program,

completion of graduation requirements for an associates in applied

science degree according to catalogue year, completion of a nursing

review course (at the student's cost) between now and december 31,

2010, and that the student owes no debt to the city colleges of chicago.

students who want to participate in the nclex review this summer july

14, 15, and 16th at mxc will need to let their nursing director know by

july 9, 2010. in order to receive the certificate of completion, the

student will need to participate the entire three days of the review.

amnesty students will need to identify themselves to the appropriate

director of nursing by september 1, 2010 and will have until december

31, 2010 to complete the above requirements.

if you have any questions about these changes, please send an email to

me or talk to the president of your college. the presidents have been

very involved in this process and want you to be successful. i will be

working very closely with them on this issue. again, thank you for

choosing the city colleges of chicago to obtain your nursing degree and

thank you for bringing to my attention issues related to our program.

good luck and i look forward to seeing you at graduation.

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c597581 has 3 years experience and specializes in OR and Neuro.

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I attended Malcolm X College nursing program and graduated in 2007. We had access to all of the HESI practice exams towards the end of our 2nd Med Surg rotation. Two days were allotted to practice all of the HESI exams (psych, ob, med surg, etc) which was not the best way to present the material. I understand Truman College has all students take HESI after every course to see how students are scoring, which is an appropriate strategy.

I agree with the concept of HESI. Since it is imperative that students pass NCLEX on the 1st attempt for accreditation I can understand why CCC wants to make sure students will pass NCLEX. I don't agree with the limits they place on the number of times students can take HESI. They should let students take it as many times necessary to pass, and just charge the students every time to take it.

I passed HESI on my first attempt, but studied A LOT outside of class with NCLEX review materials. All of the students shared the CDRoms with NCLEX prep questions so everyone had access to the same learning materials. Part of it is anxeity; it is tremendously stressful to sit for HESI knowing that if you fail you could very well fail out of the program which has taken up so much time and money. Another part of it is the student's preparation, the tests administered during the semesters are unlike the HESI; but it is up to the student to supplement their learning.

I support the use of HESI by CCC, but I definitely agree that their pass or fail policy is too harsh.

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We were not against the Hesi exam either. We were against the way it was being used against the students and ruining their lives. I am so happy that since the policy has changed , many students will get their degrees and move on with their lives.

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Prettysmartjob, I want to congratulate you, and everybody else who worked very hard on this project!!. I signed the petition and I am very happy for the outcome!!. People like you and all the people that worked on it have made a great change for all of the future nursing students like myself ( I start the nursing program Fall 2010). I am very proud of all you which did not settle for less and have proven that when students, people etc. get together, great things can happen!!! CONGRATULATIONS again on you great accomplishment!!!!!!:yeah::ancong!:

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Congrats everyone on graduating. I wonder if they will abolish the Hesi? It seems that those of us still in the nursing program may still be subjected to the Hesi, according to the Chancellor's wording. I hope that those of us still in the program have the fortitude to continue the good fight if necessary.

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Thanks to all of you guys that fought for justice. You effort: priceless! I'm just hopping it's also abolished for some of us that are yet to finish the program.

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Of course. Studying is crucial, but it is essential to understand why an answer is correct or incorrect.

RNs assess, intervene, and reassess. That is how you should apply your thought process to any question.

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wow, that is crazy.

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