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    City Colleges of Chicago and HESI exit exam

    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.
  2. Sorry, ElKPARK. This has nothing to do with the nursing shortage. It has to do with deceptive practices. The ony was these nursing programs can get money is by advertising that their Nclex pass rate is high, above 90% would be great. Our school advertises they have 98% Nclex pass rate. But... that is based on for example, 3-5 students who took the Nclex. What about the 40 plus students who completed the program? For example, if 5 students took Nclex the first time and 3 out of 2 passed the first time, our school have stated 98% pass rate. Now, if the 2 who did not pass the Nclex the first, takes it again and both passed the second time. Our school can state they have 100% Nclex pass rate. What you don't know is... the attrition rate. It will never match the Nclex pass rate. Why? Nobody bothers to ask. Everyone naturally assumes that when you complete the program you take the Nclex. That used to be the case. Not anymore. The higher Nclex pass rate the nursing program has, the more money they receive from the state. They receive money from investors, who assume they are investing in a good program. They receive money from students, who also assume they are investing in a good program. What I would like to see is... anyone who maybe doing their dissertation would chose these topics/titles... "The True Meaning Behind The Nclex RN %." "Using a Third Party Test To Assess Their Students, An Easy Way Out." "98% Fail HESI But the School Says.."Thats Okay." "Does HESI Give Out Kick Backs?" "Where is Susan Morrision Now?" "The List." "Nursing Programs Who Uses Their Students as Escapegoats." Most of all... "A True Class Action Lawsuit." I pray each second of the day that someone with intergrity and principles would step up to the plate and help all of these students who were used by their chancellors. This truly deserves a nation wide recognition. I don't want anyone to follow my classmates suit. The LOSS OF YOUR DEGREE, CONFIDENCE AND CREATION OF HUMILATION, ABANDONMENT AND DEHUMANIZATION is AN UNBEARABLE PAIN. In Chicago, which is already known to be the MOST politically corrupted state. Write to the governor, states attorney, and the newly formed group againt corruption in chicago. I cant remember his name off hand, but he is the one who is after Rod Blagoveich. Also, write your concerns to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), Higher Learning Eduation. Keep all of your notes... you will need those. Keep writing and sending over and over until you get a response. Create a group and stick together. The chancellor is aware that students don't stick together, that is where the students areas of weaknesses are. WE MUST COME TOGHETHER AS ONE -NATIONALLY! WHETHER IT AFFECTS YOU PERSONALLY OR NOT. DON'T WAIT UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS TO YOU OR YOUR CLASSMATES. SUPPORT THE CAUSE BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE THIS IS UNJUST. DEMAND TO BE TAUGHT AND RESPECTED. I AM PRAYING CONTINOUSLY. I HAVE FAITH IN THE LORD. HE WILL BE OUR SAVIOR. WE MUST ALL STICK TOGETHER. WE MUST BECOME AS ONE.
  3. WOW! That sounds exactly like here in Chicago. I went to one of City Colleges of Chicago and the instructors there did not want to teach a darn thing. They favored certain students, those same students did not have to do the assignments like other students. One student in particular, who passed HESI the first time, (very suspicious) missed three exams and still passed the course. Although, she passed HESI the first time, it took her four times to pass Nclex. Go figure. Her grade in class was higher than mine. The instructors are given way too much power. I had one instructor who changed my grade, I didn't even argue with her I just wanted to get the heck out of there. I figured, she knew what she did was pure evil and God has ways to take of those kinds of people. I am praying for someone to step up to the plate and resolve this pandemic problem! I know, maybe the HESI Company and the nursing programs who inappropriately uses the exit probability/assessment exam can come together as one and create some sort of 6 week review course which includes test taking and critical thinking skills, most of all building up self confidence for ALL of those students were not successful. Hire a few psychologist to also assess these students. Because, these schools have created a environment that was infectious rather than conducive. I know, I know, this idea is only in a dream, and it only would be right. Afterall, its not like the HESI company and the schools can afford it. Right? You know what else would be right? If instructors would advocate their students.
  4. HESI. HESI. HESI. I think everyone already knows how I feel about HESI. How can you withold a students degree and the opportunity to take Nclex when they have completed the nursing program? How can you hold the student accountable for taking a probabilty exam, so that your school can look good? Knowing... that some of the questions on the HESI exit exam where never introduced in the nursing curriculum. You can't even find some of the HESI question and answer on any of your nursing textbooks. This shortcut process is SELFISH! The City Colleges of Chicago theirs seven colleges together, is STILL using the HESI exit exam as a way to weed out those who have already completed the program to determine who should and should not take Nclex. If your HESI score does not indicate above 87% probability that you may pass Nclex the first time. The college will NOT allow you to take Nclex nor give you, your degree. What? Four years, passed each course, quit jobs, and no more money. Classmate committed suicide over it. Now, FSU and other programs are following this path? The BON of each state, NLNAC are all aware of this - NO ONE is doing a darn thing about it. PLEASE! I beg of you all. Please utilize this test accordingly. DON'T punish your students. HELP THEM. Truly, it not fair to give an probability exit exam for punitive reasons. ASSESS the students! If they completed the program, that means they were loyal, and comitted to the hard work you installed upon them. In return for their hard work and committement, you are giving them anxiety, lack of respect for both the students and their families. REMEMBER, your actions not only affect the students but their children. If the students are having trouble passing the HESI exit exam, than its a reflection on the teaching methodology. The curriculum is lacking therefore the student is lacking. When a marriage fails... its never one person's fault. Both have to take accountability. If you are going to use HESI, use it all throughout the program. Don't introduce it - suddently, than raise the passing grade from 78% and above to 87% above for HESI. My hopes are that this test be used as an assessment tool throughout the program. That is not used for punitive and intimidation purposes. My hopes are that students upon completing the program, that the school is responsible for the students until the student is successful - that means until they pass HESI and Nclex. The City Colleges of Chicago nursing program abandoned their students once they did not pass HESI. My hopes are that someone can step up to the plate and help ALL students who have been inflicted by this pandemic virus that was introduced to them by selfishness, money, and power hungry chancellors. I know my classmate who passed away... is helping.
  5. Well, what can I say? I am glad to hear that someone Assessed their areas of weaknesses in the program. Now, they can Diagnosis the problem. I have no doubt that its the instructors lack of teaching methodology. Why? Students matriculated onto the next course. Right? I am not personally attacking all nursing instructors. I am just simply saying, based on my and other co workers who I have spoke with about their nursing school experience. Instructors don't want to be bothered, they themselves don't have enough "teaching experience." I encountered only one instructor out of 8 who I can truly say, she was passionate about teaching, and knew what she was talking about. You can be an RN for 20 years, but teaching is a whole different level. What comes after diagnosising the problem? Plan, Implement than Evaluate. I can't blame the students. I just feel sorry that they are going through this. Students depend on their instructors to educate them. If the students are not assessed correctly throughout the program by their instructors... than yea, expect them not to pass Nclex. Just as a nurse, if you don't assess your patients correctly.. what will happen? Unfortunatley, for the students, their nursing credits are NOT transferrable. Thats a whole other issue, which I feel, is not fair either. Nursing courses should be transferrable. With todays economy the way it is. People are losing their homes and have to move. My prayers are with the students. I hope FSU will think of the students. I do applaud FSU for recognizing the problem. Thats a good start. Good Luck! Do right by the students. Remember, students "look up" to their educators for knowledge, and inspiration.
  6. 2btmanrn

    My HESI story.

    LOOKING FOR.. STUDENTS who have attended any of the seven city colleges of chicago nursing program to come and support our mission to utilize HESI accordingly. We completed the program, therefore, we deserve to be given the opportunity to take NCLEX RN Exam. Please attend the meeting on May 7 at 800am at the District Office. Past, and current students and instructors are MOST welcome! Its time that we all unite as one. Please e mail or contact everyone.
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    Hesi Exit Test

    LOOKING FOR.. STUDENTS who have attended any of the seven city colleges of chicago nursing program to come and support our mission to utilize HESI accordingly. We completed the program, therefore, we deserve to be given the opportunity to take NCLEX RN Exam. Please attend the meeting on May 7 at 800am at the District Office. Past, and current students and instructors are MOST welcome! Its time that we all unite as one. Please e mail or contact everyone.
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    Hesi Exit Test

    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. I am familiar with all the debates of HESI. The TRUTH is, it is the duty of the faculty/program to assess each student. If the teacher passed you for whatever reason, it is NOT the students fault. Is it? If you completed the program, you deserve the opportunity to take the NCLEX. Correct? If the program is so worried about closing, than they should do their jobs. Correct? Instead, they take a shortcut and use the HESI exit exam. Right? You can re take NCLEX up to 12 times, but HESI once or twice? NCLEX is the state mandated exam, HESI is a predictor exam. The State only recognzes first time test test takers, not second or third, yet again, you can take NCLEX up to 12 times? So, its the student's fault that they passed each nurisng courses, provided safe care to patients for free for two to three years, and complied with the student policy handbook??????? Wow!
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    City Colleges of Chicago and HESI exit exam

    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.
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    My HESI story.

    TRUE. "Throughout history, schools have included "comprehensive final exams" as part of their graduation requirements." That part is true, I know. But, all throughout the nursing curriculum your passing score is 78%. Why is than the "comprehensive final exam," should be 87%? With our case, we received our final grades, than were told we need to take another exam. We had our graduation ceremony. Thanks everyone for beindg courteous to my friend yesterday. It is a sensitive crisis. No, we did not sign any contract regarding the change.
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    Hesi Exit Test

    as months pass by, i have come to realize that there are more than just my classmates out there within the city colleges of chicago whose lives have been damaged severly by the lack of accountability. how many more students, how many more? in my opinion, making a whole degree hinge on a single test is wrong, and using that to artificially inflate a college's pass rate is truly dishonest, rather deceptive. why not just give the degree if earned and permission to test and let nclex do the test? that is what medical schools and law schools do. passing the exam is up to the students. if the college does this, then why not put up the honest statistics and let the consumer decide where to spend their dollars? where is the consumer protection here? it's absent, i'd say. researched has been done and the psychological consequences and they are more disturbing. using a qualitative design, 10 nursing graduates who had failed the nclex-rn were interviewed to gain an understanding of this experience. several themes emerged including: carrying failure as a daily burden; losing the of identity of being a nurse; doubting past accomplishments; seeing self as damaged goods; wanting support; and daring to hope. the authors described the experience of nclex-rn failure resulting in feelings of abandonment. in addition, graduates who failed the nclex-rn stated they felt cut off from the community of faculty and students who had been important to their learning experience while in a nursing program. this is how what we are experiencing. we were qualified to enter the nursing program, passed each nursing courses, paid our tuitions, and completed the program. approximately, 50% of my classmates who completed the program are without a degree and cannot sit for the nclex examination. please attend the meeting and support the students who deserves the opportunity to take the nclex rn exam.
  12. 2btmanrn

    My HESI story.

    as months pass by, i have come to realize that there are more than just my classmates out there within the city colleges of chicago whose lives have been damaged severly by the lack of accountability. how many more students, how many more? yes, i agree. making a whole degree hinge on a single test is wrong, and using that to artificially inflate a college's pass rate is truly dishonest, rather deceptive. why not just give the degree if earned and permission to test and let nclex do the test? that is what medical schools and law schools do. passing the exam is up to the students. if the college does this, then why not put up the honest statistics and let the consumer decide where to spend their dollars? where is the consumer protection here? it's absent, i'd say. researched has been done and the psychological consequences and they are more disturbing. using a qualitative design, 10 nursing graduates who had failed the nclex-rn were interviewed to gain an understanding of this experience. several themes emerged including: carrying failure as a daily burden; losing the of identity of being a nurse; doubting past accomplishments; seeing self as damaged goods; wanting support; and daring to hope. the authors described the experience of nclex-rn failure resulting in feelings of abandonment. in addition, graduates who failed the nclex-rn stated they felt cut off from the community of faculty and students who had been important to their learning experience while in a nursing program. this is how what we are experiencing. we were qualified to enter the nursing program, passed each nursing courses, paid our tuitions, and completed the program. approximately, 50% of my classmates who completed the program are without a degree and cannot sit for the nclex examination. please attend the meeting and support the students who deserves the opportunity to take the nclex rn exam.
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    Hesi Exit Test

    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 ½ 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.
  14. 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 ½ 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.
  15. 2btmanrn

    My HESI story.

    hello and good morning everyone. my classmate is requesting for everyone to read her story. its about her experience and opinions regarding our school and hesi. please be kind to her with your replies. remember, this is a very delicate subject. thanks you guys. [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 ½ 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 my story if so lengthy. its been a very difficult road for me and my family, my classmates too. i, we need your help.
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