Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Massachusetts offers two traditional nursing programs: Associate of Science in Nursing program (ASN) and Practical Nurse (PN) certificate program. The two-year ASN program prepares students for the NCLEX-RN exam, while the forty-week PN program prepares students for the NCLEX-PN exam. The Associate of Science in Nursing Program is accredited with conditions by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Practical Nursing (PN) Program is in candidacy status from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Since 2011, Beaudry explains Holyoke Community College’s nursing program has focused on increasing technology throughout their courses. The program was included in the Elsevier Sherpath pilot which helped the faculty adjust to the products.
“My recommendation for those who are thinking of using Sherpath is to start off a little slower,” Beaudry says. “We participated in the pilot and used all of the products and found that we needed to just do a little bit at a time to get the faculty used to it. The students were very positive about Sherpath and liked it a lot.”
Holyoke’s nursing program uses Sherpath in their pharmaceutical course and drug calculations course. In addition to Sherpath, Beaudry explained they also use Elsevier Adaptive Quizzing in medical-surgical nursing, fundamentals, maternity and newborn care, and the pediatric component. From the students’ perspective, Beaudry has received very positive feedback.
“The idea that they [students] bring up to us is that it gives them a small amount of information, and then gives them a short quiz,” Beaudry says. “When they’re not able to answer the question correctly, there’s immediate remediation that brings them back into the product, shows them where the answer is, and then it brings them back to the question, and they’re readdressed to answer the question again. So, the Sherpath has been a big hit.”