Your Feb. 20 article on concerns raised by some nursing students was a window into a larger, ongoing discussion that has been underway in the School of Nursing for months.
On March 8, faculty and leadership in the school met with nursing students to announce changes to, and receive feedback on, the academic progression policy. This was the most recent of several informational sessions we have had with students. As we worked to find the best balance to continue to elevate the academic strength of the nursing program while ensuring students are receiving the support they need to be successful, the School of Nursing put the following policy changes into immediate effect:
Students with additional questions can also reach out to their faculty adviser.
The goal of our curriculum has always been to ensure students are gathering and retaining the knowledge they need to pass the NCLEX-RN state board exam and to provide the highest level of care to patients as nursing professionals. Even with these policy modifications, the HESI standardized exam remains a critical predictive tool for students to evaluate their preparedness for a successful nursing career.
I thank the nursing students for their engagement as these conversations are essential to the achievement of their academic goals. Our top priority is the success of our students and we are committed to preparing them to be excellent health care providers.