Five Quick (and Useful) HESI Reads

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The following hand-picked articles are a great resource if you’re looking to implement HESI or learn ways to continue to optimize your program.

1) Getting the Most Out of HESI: Every Class, Every Semester

Tim Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN

This is a great short piece by Tim Bristol with some tips for implementing HESI products in the classroom. These valuable ideas are easy to develop and add to your next class. Start getting the most out of Case Studies, Specialty Exams, and Patient Reviews today.

2) Standardized Predictive Testing: Practices, Policies, and Outcomes

Barton, Lisette; Willson, Pamela; Langford, Rae; Schreiner, Barbara Administrative Issues Journal: Connecting Education, Practice, and Research, v4 n2 p68-76 2014

This read demonstrates connections between policies and outcomes. You’ll learn more about HESI Exams and how policy components can not only impact HESI Exam scores, but NCLEX outcomes as well. Additionally, this article explains test and remediation policy components and how they can impact scores. I suggest this as a resource for faculty teams as they consider implementing or revising polices.

3) Testing for success: A logistic regression analysis to determine which pre-admission exam best predicts success in an associate degree in nursing program

Manieri, Ellen, et al. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, Volume 10, Issue 1, 25 – 29

This article is unique because it looks at one program that compared three different Admission Assessment exams in use with their student population. Most of the literature comparing Admission Assessment exams in nursing programs are not comparing them within a single program. This perspective unveiled the HESI exam as the strongest predictor of student success. If you are considering an Admission Assessment exam, this is a read you should share with your faculty.

4) Retrieval Practice Website

Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel

Using HESI Practice Tests, Case Studies, and Patient Reviews makes sense. Using practice questions helps students! If students need to retrieve information from memory (pieces of content) to answer a high-level question, this retrieval helps their recall later. This is a great site about retrieval learning. If you want to learn even more consider the book Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel).

5) Improving Student Outcomes with Data – Just Use It!

Dr. Susan Sportsman, RN, PhD, ANEF, FAAN

Those of you who know me, know that I’m a big proponent of using HESI data as part of program assessment. Before making a change, be sure to take a deep dive into your data. This is a quick read about the power of HESI data.