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  • Can I monitor student progress to assure that the student completes the program?

    Yes, this can be done either by the student, through a faculty "dashboard" portal, or both. Students can print or email a certificate verifying the progress of video completion at any time after the Live Review. Requiring students to submit completion certificates will allow the faculty to track student progression through the program. The Q Review testing system will also generate a certificate that shows how the student scored on each Q Review Simulator exam and Customizer quiz. These certificates may be printed or emailed by the student, or faculty may view and print their students' progress as well.

    If faculty want to monitor students’ progression themselves, Hurst Review can set up a faculty dashboard specific to the students in the nursing school program. If you would like more information about this special option, ask your regional director at any time for access.

  • Does Hurst have a product that can be incorporated into the senior level curriculum?

    Yes! The Hurst Elevate® course is a companion to the traditional Hurst Review course and builds on the students' understanding of the core content in Hurst’s NCLEX® Review program. Elevate® dramatically improves the students’ critical thinking and clinical judgment skills that are essential for NCLEX® success. This is done through intense, guided preparation; clinical assignments; interactive critical thinking activities; and weekly practice quizzes. The course is presented via video modules within the senior level curriculum or as a course component for students to complete on their own. The Hurst Elevate® team works closely with faculty to determine which format best meets the needs of their students. Ask your regional director about this very successful new product or contact pam@hurstreview.com.

  • How are faculty selected and trained?

    All Hurst instructors are registered nurses with at least five years of nursing experience. They are selected through an evaluation process, which includes application and resume submission, initial interview, and live interactive lecture. Professional experience, effective presentation style, and educational philosophy are the three primary components considered in the selection process. Once applicants are chosen as Hurst instructors, they participate in our orientation process. They are required to learn all Live Review scripted lectures and to attend an "NCLEX® Boot Camp" led by our Faculty Services department. During Hurst Review’s Boot Camp, instructors develop their presentation skills and begin their journey to becoming NCLEX® experts. All Hurst instructors receive ongoing training on the NCLEX® exam. We guarantee they have the expertise to prepare students to answer the NCLEX® way.

  • How does Hurst Review differ from other review companies?

    Hurst Review takes a three-step approach to NCLEX® review that includes all you need to pass. We know that the first step of NCLEX® preparation is mastery of "must know" core content and a development of critical thinking and application skills, but we don’t stop there. We also provide practice questions for students to utilize during their study process. Step two requires the incorporation of NCLEX®-specific testing strategies to develop entry-level nurse thinking. The final step is to take NCLEX®-style practice exams. Our proven method teaches students to answer questions the NCLEX® way after they have learned the content. Our testing strategies are specific to the NCLEX® and are not appropriate for the GRE®, LSAT®, or MCAT®. Hurst Review’s exclusive focus is preparing nursing graduates to pass the NCLEX® exam the first time; it’s what we do 24/7.

  • How does Hurst Review identify core content?

    Core content is knowledge that has stood the test of time. It is based on Marlene Hurst’s findings when she worked with remediation students. She determined not only subject areas that were deficient, but also the lack of depth in the students’ understanding of the material. She expanded the material to include the knowledge required in the NCLEX® Practice Statements; standards of care identified by AHA, CDC, TJC and other regulatory agencies; textbook knowledge; and the expertise of over 140 Hurst Nursing Faculty.

  • How does Hurst Review keep up with NCLEX® changes?

    Hurst Review attends any and all NCLEX® invitational conventions. When any changes are made to the NCLEX®, Hurst Review updates the material we present in the review to ensure students are fully informed. We also stay abreast of any life-threatening protocol changes published by CDC, AHA, Joint Commission, etc.

  • How does Hurst Review provide realistic NCLEX® question practice?

    Our Q Review test bank allows the student to practice four NCLEX®-style tests that are randomly pulled according to the eight Client Needs categories of the NCLEX® test plan. The tests are randomly administered so that students cannot compare tests and skew their scores. In addition, students are unable to retest a previous Q Review exam, thus discouraging memorization. These tests are very similar to an actual NCLEX® test, except they are not computer adaptive. Each test is based on the average NCLEX® exam, which has 125 questions and allows 90 seconds for each question.

    We recently surveyed the December 2014 graduates who took our Live Review. This group had a pass rate greater than 98% and achieved a median score of 77/125 on the Q Review.

  • What role does NCLEX Review play in nursing curriculum?

    Hurst Review is the final step of a three-tiered approach to a nurse’s preparation for the NCLEX®:

                                                1. Classroom

                                                2. Clinical

                                                3. NCLEX® Review

    The first tier is the nursing school classroom. Students learn from their instructors and realize that, when they are in nursing school, they have to make their teachers happy.

    The second tier is the hospital or clinical setting. Here, students experience the real nursing world, and they learn that, when they are at the hospital, they have to make the nurses or their preceptor happy.

    The third tier is, Hurst’s expertise, the NCLEX® review. Hurst teaches nursing students to make the "NCLEX® Lady" happy.

    Now, let’s talk about the third tier: Hurst's NCLEX® review.

    •  Upon graduation, student nurses must transition from education to practice.
    •  It is a hard time for them, because they don’t know what they know and what they don’t know.
    •  They don’t know if they are studying the right things or practicing the right number of questions.
    •  Well, Hurst Review fills this gap by giving them a nice, neat, organized approach to preparing for the NCLEX® and helps them transition from the student nurse to the registered nurse.
    •  We use critical thinking exercises to demonstrate to students how to think like a brand new nurse, because we know that it is hard to give up that student nurse mindset. With this third tier, we tell students that now they have to make the "NCLEX® Lady" happy.
  • When should students take the review?

    We recommend that students take Hurst Review as they enter the last semester of school or upon graduation. Students should have been exposed to all of their medical-surgical courses before taking the review. We integrate what they have been taught in nursing school, teach them to focus on the "why," and help them rethink the material in an integrated, multi-logical way. If they have not had the courses, then the class is not as beneficial to them. Once a student pays for a Live Review, they can take it again free of charge for 9 months, or they can purchase the supplemental online review for the discounted price of $50 for a 30 day access.

  • With multiple faculty, how do you ensure quality and accuracy in your reviews?

    At Hurst Review, all of our lecture materials are scripted so that all classes receive exactly the same material. This scripting of the lectures validates the success of our review and our 98% pass rate.

    Our instructors receive extensive training in content integration, teaching/learning strategies, and the NCLEX® exam itself. We prepare our instructors to be NCLEX® "experts" to ensure that they can instruct nursing graduates on how to pass the biggest test of their lives. All faculty are subject to onsite evaluations by the Faculty Services department for quality assurance.

    As nurses, we not only want our students to pass the NCLEX®, but we also have a deep concern for the type of nurse we are helping pass. Hurst instructors are committed to their competency, safety, and thorough understanding of the material.

Hurst Review was absolutely wonderful! I enjoyed the way the content was condensed and simplified in order for me to master the key points needed to pass the NCLEX. The Q reviews were helpful, NCLEX style questions. I'm happy to say that I passed the NCLEX with 75 questions with help from this review. Highly recommend!

J. Carraway, RN

I took this review and passed my NCLEX first try, in 75 questions! Such an excellent review service. I understood concepts that I struggled with all through nursing school! So thankful HURST review. To future NCLEX takers, I really encourage you to get this review package! Couldn't ask for anything better.

S. Elizabeth, RN

Took the live review! Instructor was amazing and the course resources and content beyond it were so helpful. Passed the nclex the first time with 75 questions! Thanks aunty Marlene!

S. Thoms, RN

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