Blasted ERI- please please help me

  1. Hi all;

    I am 2nd semester BS-BSN student who wished to pass forward to 3rd semester but am being inhibited by POOR ERI nursing care for adults performance. Mind you, I received a 93% in Adult Med-Surg II, but blank out on ERI testing. It makes me feel ridiculous.

    If anyone could help me, I'd be so appreciative. I have until next Friday to take it for the last time, and if I fail my 93 turns into a default 74 and I repeat the course

    Thanks so much!

    The _in crisis_ Shannon S
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  3. by   morte
    www.eriworld.com/
    http://www.eriworld.com/
    by friday, do you mean tomorrow? good luck
  4. by   stancli
    Thanks Morte for the sentiment. No, I take it 04 May.

    The ERI website is the only thing I have going and I think I've exhausted the TWO tests they provide for help.

    Supposedly, there is a guide they send you AFTER graduation that analyzes what/ how you did. A lot of good that does haha!
  5. by   *Blessed2BaNRS*
    Hi Stancli,
    Try this website:http://hfcclab.info/NET/index.htm
    I hated the ERI site, as it didn't offer anything close to the actual test. This site is just like the test was. good luck~
  6. by   Megsd
    As you've figured out, the practice tests are kind of worthless. What I would recommend is to go under the practice tools (or whatever they call them) that have short videos or tape recordings over different sections of material. While the questions are not verbatim from those recordings, they do go over the main topics for the exam. If it's the Adult Heath I or II test you're taking, the recordings are arranged by category and about halfway through there is a pale, gray line separating out some of the topics. That line is where Adult I exam stops and Adult II exam begins. So focus on the stuff above or below the line, depending which test it is.

    The other trick is to figure out (just like with NCLEX, really) what they are actually asking. We had a question about a pt with pelvic inflammatory disease who is concerned she'll get kidney cancer. We panicked over whether or not this was true or not, until we finally figured out it was a therapeutic communication question, so the medical junk was really irrelevant.

    Good luck to you from someone else who hates ERI exams.
  7. by   stancli
    Thanks so much Laura. Now did you have to take that reading and math comp test? Because ERI sent me a review book for THAT but I am taking their subsection test on Nursing Care for the Adult. Its to see how much you learned in Med Surg I and II. It is supposed to resemble the NCLEX but I swear, the questions in my NCLEX review book are easier. It's alot to contend with.

    Shannon
  8. by   stancli
    Meghan- I had that question show up too! She wanted to know her chances of (I thought) cervical cancer and I answered (like a dumb butt) "You should concentrate on getting better and not on such things." VERY THERAPEUTIC SHANNON. I should have answered something like "You are afraid that this will lead to something worse? Tell me about your concens".

    Any other questions you guys got hung up on??
  9. by   NRSKarenRN
    Quote from stancli
    Meghan- I had that question show up too! She wanted to know her chances of (I thought) cervical cancer and I answered (like a dumb butt) "You should concentrate on getting better and not on such things." VERY THERAPEUTIC SHANNON. I should have answered something like "You are afraid that this will lead to something worse? Tell me about your concens".

    Any other questions you guys got hung up on??

    Sounds like you are on the road to understanding nursing's "therapeutic conversation" ...Good Luck.

    Don't know if i would have survived all these tests 25 yrs ago.
  10. by   Megsd
    Quote from stancli
    Meghan- I had that question show up too! She wanted to know her chances of (I thought) cervical cancer and I answered (like a dumb butt) "You should concentrate on getting better and not on such things." VERY THERAPEUTIC SHANNON. I should have answered something like "You are afraid that this will lead to something worse? Tell me about your concens".

    Any other questions you guys got hung up on??
    Yeah I went home and looked at every book I owned to find out the connection between the two and finally a faculty member said "There's no connection, but that's not what they're asking." I think the other two choices were "yes there is a connection" or "no there isn't" and then the "don't worry about it" and the "tell me why you are concerned" right answer. I had no clue so I think I said "Yep you're gonna get cancer."

    So when in doubt, if you have a question asking what you do next and have a choice between 3 inteventions and "assess", always ASSESS. And if you get a question about what the nurse should say, look for the therapeutic communication answer regardless of what the topic of concern is.
  11. by   psychonaut
    Quote from stancli
    Hi all;

    I am 2nd semester BS-BSN student who wished to pass forward to 3rd semester but am being inhibited by POOR ERI nursing care for adults performance. Mind you, I received a 93% in Adult Med-Surg II, but blank out on ERI testing. It makes me feel ridiculous.

    If anyone could help me, I'd be so appreciative. I have until next Friday to take it for the last time, and if I fail my 93 turns into a default 74 and I repeat the course

    Thanks so much!

    The _in crisis_ Shannon S
    I generally dominate on the ERIs, but I got whupped on the second med/surg (almost didn't pass, only 2 points over national average, ugh).

    My form had lots of burn ?s, and lots of musculoskeletal (traction etc).

    As you have realized, it is really hard to study for the ERIs. As others have noted, always look for "therapeutic communication", i.e. the most pansy answer ("I see you are having difficulty with ______, let's talk about it").

    Oh, and don't bemoan not having the ERI study guide, it is not much more help than Saunders.

    I wish I could be of more help, and I really feel for you. I've watched my fellow students get sooo stressed about the threat of failing an entire semester is they don't pass. If you got an "A" in the class, and you did well in clinical, it'd be a shame for you to have to repeat the entire class just because of those ridiculous ERIs. I wish you the best of luck.
  12. by   carolinapooh
    What's really annoying about the ERI is some of it's basically crap.

    I scored 999 on their supposed "critical thinking" evaluation test. Out of 1000.

    It said my reading skills were "at high risk". I think it scored me at something like a 51.

    I've literally been reading since age 3 (you could ask my mom on that one). Graduated cum laude for my first BS and currently have a 3.86 GPA.

    If my reading skills are so bad, how on earth could I score ONE POINT below perfect? Or have the GPA I have?

    CRAP!!!! All CRAP!!!

    It did, however, assure me that my speaking skills were excellent.

    ????????!!!!!

    I find it revolting that schools use this thing as a criteria for passing. It's ridiculous to me. Thanks for letting me vent.

    The only recommendations I have are read the question carefully, eliminate the obviously wrong answers, and be sure you're prioritizing correctly. ABCs were important on the one I had - but I also got a bunch of nutrition and pharm questions too. Pace yourself and while it is timed, don't get hung up on the clock. I think a lot of people make that mistake and let it make them so nervous that they can't think straight.
    Last edit by carolinapooh on Apr 30, '07

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