Controversy over nursing exit exam

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Ammita Daniels says all she wanted was to be a nurse. However her dreams have been put on hold for another two years and her job in jeopardy.

"When I started school, unlike some of the other students, HESI was never an issue, it was never brought up," says Daniels.

HESI, Health Education System Incorporated, is an exit exam nursing students must take to graduate the program. Students are allowed three chances to pass the test.

But students say it was never introduced as an exit exam nor did they receive proper lessons to study by.

Former nursing student Kelly Creel says, “We didn't have any extra classes or any extra preps for this exam when other colleges that are implementing it actually do have extra exams and extra prep work."

But Wallace Communtiy College officials, like Kathy Buntin, disagree and saying students were given the information about the exam when they first began the program.

"It's known as the exit exam all the way through the program," says Buntin. "In our previous semester we had 47 graduates from the associate degree nursing program in our last December ceremony."

Creel says that's far from the truth:

"24 of us took the exam and 21 of us failed… The next class behind us took their exam for the first time and over three fourths failed."

Daniels and Creel have to wait two more years before they can take a chance at their dream...again.

Former nursing students say they want to see a change in the test and the way it is presented to students.

They say they will stop at nothing to make sure other students will not have to go through the same tribulations they have.

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