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Nursing Test Prep

Cover photos of HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam Review books

As Assistant Director of the Library Learning Resource Center at Palm Beach State College's Belle Glade campus, Marisha Kelly saw that its pre-nursing students needed help passing the RN program’s entrance exam.

The main issues were:

  • Only 24 students out of 400+ applicants were accepted
  • Belle Glade’s pre-nursing students often scored too low on the test to be accepted
  • Many students from other campuses or institutions were accepted instead

To help Belle Glade’s pre-nursing students, Kelly created a workshop series to provide them with critical information, tools and skills to pass the entrance exam.

Collaboration

She collaborated with several departments on campus to offer students more resources, primarily:

  • A library section devoted to test preparation and remediation
  • Academic advisors to help design an education plan to meet the RN program’s admission requirements
  • Exam tutors for both individuals and groups
  • Testing guidelines available at the campus testing center

Measuring Success

Initially, few students attended the workshops. Kelly increased attendance by scheduling them directly after a mandatory RN information session.

To gauge the program’s success, Kelly conducted student surveys before and after the workshops, with these results:

  • Prior to the workshop, only three of 23 students felt confident about taking the admissions test.
  • After the workshop, 18 of 21 students agreed or strongly agreed that they felt confident taking the test.

The program has since expanded to a series of test-prep classes covering each subject area in depth.

Presentation

Read the PDF of Kelly’s presentation for her Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute graduation to find out more:

Cover slide of presentation: Creation & Collaboration, Developing an Informational Workshop for Pre-Nursing Students by Marisha Kelly, Palm Beach State College 

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.