Archive for October, 2009
The Nursing Entrance Test – Psychological Profile Test
Anyone who takes the Nursing Entrance Test must take the psychological profile assessment upon completion of the math and reading comprehension sections. This assessment includes questions that may seem too personal for some people to comfortably divulge on topics that ask about details of their personalities, finances and emotions. Many of us are not predisposed to giving out details of our lives and about who we really are.
The first thing that the student is told when taking this assessment is that there are no points added or deducted for answers. Basically, the assessment section, as personal as it may seem, is actually used for statistical analysis. In other words, a study is done by compiling all of the information from everyone who has taken the Nursing Entrance Test and a profile of the typical nursing student emerges. This data is also stored for a period of time to be able to track those behaviors and personalities that are the most successful in the nursing program.
You and I may never be privy to this information or know what characteristics a typical nursing student embodies, except the company that is hired to do the analysis and the nursing schools. Therefore the best advice that can be given to someone who is about to take the Nursing Entrance Test is to Read more »
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By Nancy l Kimmel RN Phd CHMM
How does one approach the reading comprehension section on the Nursing Entrance Test? Many for one are unprepared for the wealth of reading that is required and the computerized method of testing. It can be difficult for those who are not computer savvy to comfortably navigate from page to another and go back to re-read. Time is of course of the essence in taking any test. The questions are at best hard to assimilate due to the ambiguous nature of the way that they are asked. This can be a stumbling block for those who are not prepared before hand for the reading comprehension section of the Nursing Entrance Test. Read more »
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How Did Our Seminar Go?
Well folks we had a great time at the “Pass the N.E.T.” seminar last night. There were students all over the greater metro Detroit area present. A lot of learning took place. We had reading comprehension and math handouts, the Nursing Entrance CD, and a free subscription to the Nurses Learning Center online tutorial with practice tests, not to mention the four hours of one on one instruction and tutoring. It went great. We covered much of the pertinent topics, such as how to test smarter, not harder, tips on how to increase scores in the reading comprehension section and how to handle those difficult fractions in the math section. There was another seminar going on a few doors down dealing with improving reading comprehension abilities in high school students. They liked our handouts so much that they asked for some so they could incorporate it into their new curriculum design. What a wonderful night of learning.
There were many students that wanted to attend but couldn’t. They called asking if we were going to have another seminar. Indeed we are. Tentatively our next seminar date will be toward the middle of February. Look for flyers at your local college book stores. By the way, we would like to extend our many thanks to Pat, manager of all five of the Wayne County Community College Book stores who allowed us to put up our flyers, and a big thank you to our local Henry Ford Community College Book Store. We apologize to all of the students for giving such late notice regarding the seminar. So absolutely, we are going to do this again.
The staff at the Double Tree Hotel in Detroit, were courteous and professional in handling all of our needs. The tables had white table cloths with pitchers of fresh ice water and crystal glasses at each table. The participants had their own pen and pad of paper, and what beautiful room décor. We will certainly choose the Double Tree Experience again at our next seminar. Thanks again Double Tree.
In the seminar we covered test anxiety. This was a big topic. Students loose points due to test anxiety, even though they know the material. By tackling test anxiety and learning how to use visual guided imagery the student can increase their test score by ten points at the least. Many of the students had questions regarding how many times they could take the Nursing Entrance Test. Some schools will only allow three attempts, while other schools will allow unlimited attempts. Questions arose regarding whether or not the Nursing Entrance Test could be taken at one school and transferred to another. While some schools do accept the scores from other schools, it is not the norm. Most schools will only accept student’s scores on the Nursing Entrance Tests that they administer on campus. The NET (Nurse Entrance Test) is a computer based test consisting of six parts: math skills, reading comprehension, test taking skills, stress level, social interaction, and learning style. All six parts must be completed in order to receive scores and be considered for admission. However, only the math and reading scores will be used to calculate application eligibility. A reading score of 60% or higher and a math score of 50% or higher must be achieved for admission to one of the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Nursing Programs.
Math skills problems consist of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percentages, number system conversions and algebra equations. Calculators are NOT allowed. Scratch paper will be provided.
Reading comprehension involves reading selections and answering questions. Not only do most schools prefer their student’s take the Nursing Entrance Test on their campus, but there are many versions of the N.E.T. circulating throughout the various nursing schools throughout the United States, such as the H.E.S.I., the ATT, and the T.E.A.S.. With all these variations of the N.E.T. it is no wonder that student’s have trouble with their search for reliable study materials. It is for this reason that we developed a comprehensive online tutorial platform that includes Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Biology, English Grammar and heavy on the Math and Reading Comprehension. In doing this we have helped students prepare for any and all Nursing Entrance Tests successfully. Participants at the seminar were very pleased with all of the help and free software that they received. We are going to keep on developing more and more practice tests. We want everyone to pass the Nursing Entrance Test the first time.
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What is the Nursing Entrance Test? The test evaluates areas that are essential for academic success including basic math skills up to beginning algebra and reading comprehension. The Nursing Entrance Test must be passed with a score that is dictated by the community college or university. Some nursing schools require higher passing scores than others. Also, some of the nursing schools are now beginning to allow only three attempts for passing. The test ranges in price from $25.00 to $40.00 depending on which nursing school you apply.
The Nursing Entrance Test provides a measurement of your scholastic abilities and compares them to mastery levels needed for success in college. The test contains 7 sections administered in this order: (1) Comprehensive Math, (2) Reading Rate, (3) Reading Comprehension, (4) Social Decisions, (5) Stressful Situation, (6) Learning Styles and (7) Test taking Skills. The time allotted for the test is 2 hours and 31 minutes. The only two sections that you are actually graded on for passing are the math and reading comprehension sections of the test.
Consequently, the stress is extremely high for first time test takers and even more so for those who are on their last and third try. This is the highest stress, because these people who are taking the Nursing Entrance Test for the third and last time have to make a decision about going to another nursing school if they fail, and hoping that the other nursing school will allow all of their credits to transfer. No matter how you look at it, the entire nursing program along with the necessary prerequisites takes about three years. Even though students may have finished a year of prerequisites, they cannot get onto the nursing school waiting list until they pass the Nursing Entrance Test, and after they pass there is a one to a two year wait. So, consequently, the stress levels are through the roof.
So what can you do to ease off some of this stress? Well, for starters it helps to be prepared the day of the test. The best advice to achieve successful results would be to get a tutorial that is as close to the Nursing Entrance Test content as possible. Fortunately, this software is available. The NET Study Guide is the most informative tutorial and offers a money back guarantee if you don’t pass. The software is set up identical to the Nursing Entrance Test, so the student can practice in the comfort of their own home. The slides are timed for one minute per slide, which is about the amount of time that you want to spend per question. Although the learner has the option of review and evaluation of their results anytime they wish as well as all of the answers with complete explanations in audio and visual format. There is also a hotline number that you can call if you get stuck on a problem. So, you are not alone.
Much of the stress that comes with learning and practicing new material is similar to feeling like being on an island. The NET Study Guide author, Dr. Nancy Lydia Kimmel is committed to giving as much help as possible to those who use the software in order for them to achieve successful results on the Nursing Entrance Test. How about handling stress the day of the test? There are many methods that can be used to enhance test performance and relieve stress. First, there is visual imagery. Visual imagery has to do with imagining your favorite place, putting yourself right in the scene. It is like a waking dream state. Try this simple visual imagery example and see how you feel afterward?
“Ask yourself this question. What is the most relaxing place that you can imagine? Is it in a cozy cabin in the middle of winter with the soft light of logs burning in the fireplace? Maybe you see yourself on a beach, lounging on a hammock, sipping a cold drink, listening to the sound of the soft waves lapping up to the shore, with a warm breeze blowing, and the sun gently caressing your skin. Take a deep breath of the fresh air, hold it in for a second or two, and then gently let it out through pursed lips. As you let the air out, you hear the seagull’s distant call. Let’s inhale one more time, in through the nose. As you breathe in, feel positive about yourself. You are in charge, you have studied, you know this material and you will do well. Now, let your breath out slowly through pursed lips, taking in the beauty around you. Relax your body, start with your toes, wiggle your toes and let out the tension, next let you legs go limp, relax, now your arms and your shoulders, now your head. Roll your head from side to side, let out all the stress, let go of all the negative energy, you don’t need it. Let it drain out through you body. Think positive, you know this material. You will do well.”
The above scenario is a type of visual imagery that is not only used for test anxiety but also in nursing, for patients to help them handle chronic pain. Test anxiety can cause approximately a 20-30% error rate. This can be the difference between a passing and failing score. You don’t want test anxiety to beat you. At the web site, www.thenetstudyguide.com you will be able to purchase test anxiety Audio CD’s put to gentle music with a calm quiet voice guiding the listener. You want to listen to this prior to going in to the test.
Stress has many adverse symptoms; it can raise the heart rate and respiration. Stress can cause other physical ailments such as gastric upset, heart palpitations and ulcers. These symptoms can be a very serious handicap to those wanting to learn. Continued stress can leave someone in a state of hopelessness. This is not what you want happening to you. You need to tackle your stress early, and know how to handle what ever comes your way. Always have a plan, and do not get discouraged. Remember, that the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. It is very necessary to have a way to relax and focus to avoid crippling test anxiety. There is that stress which some refer to as beneficial stress. That is the stress that you feel good about, like the race that you had to run and practiced for all week. You want to turn negative stress into a positive stress with less emphasis on stress and more on your intellectual power.
If you have the desire to go into nursing, then you must first get ready to take the N.E.T., the HESI or the TEAS entrance test. You can begin preparing for your career by practicing your skills using the online tutorials and tests at The Nurses Learning Center. There are over 1000 questions and answers. You will get unlimited internet access, 24/7. It is yours to keep. New questions are added daily. It is like taking the actual nursing entrance test in the privacy of your own home. You have the option of taking a timed or an untimed test. This option will help you develop your skills at test taking as well as devloping your critical thinking skills.
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For all of you considering going to nursing school, you will probably be asked to take a pre-nursing entrance exam such as the NET, HESI or the TEAS. There is another pre-nursing entrance exam entitled the ATT. Which ever exam you are required to take, you can feel confident that the book entitled, “Pass The NET, The First Time” will help you to pass with higher than national average scores. The reading comprehension and math are treated in depth with many questions and fully explained answers. In it you will also find Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, English Grammar and Biology questions, along with fully explained answers. There is also a free downloadable software that comes free of charge, to give you hours and hours of practice. The software requires that you have Micro Soft Power Point installed on your computer. With this software you can take tests that are timed for one minute and get your scores as well as check your answers with fully explained solutions to all the problems.
Do you think that becoming a nurse is the right career choice for you, then get ready to take the N.E.T., the HESI or the TEAS entrance test. You can begin preparing for your career by practicing your skills using the online tutorials and tests at The Nurses Learning Center. For a small one time fee, you will have unlimited access to all the tests, which include Reading Comprehension, Math, Anatomy and Physiology , Chemistry, Biology and English Grammar. It is yours to keep. New questions are added daily. It’s like taking the actual test in the privacy of your home.
Best Wishes to all,
Nancy Kimmel RN PhD
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One of the questions that I get the most from students and customers who call in is; “Why do they make the reading comprehension section of the NET so difficult?” or, “I have purchased all of the Kaplan, Princeton, and Barrons guides, and none of them have helped me to pass the NET. Why?” These similar questions go on and on. Here is the explanation that I give to all who call me; first or all, the NET is not written like a test geared for graduate school admission, nor is the NET reading comprehension written like the SAT, ACT or any college entrance admission test. Take it from someone who has taken all these tests and more as well as the nursing entrance test. The nursing entrance test is written to help test the critical thinking skills of the reader. So what does that exactly mean? Read more »
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Math Question of the Day
Three fourths of 129.00 is equal to what number?
First use the rule of math language.
3/4(129) = x
This is the same as multiplying 0.75 (129) = 96.75
Remember, you need to know your long multiplication to take the HESI, the TEAS or the N.E.T.
Home Sales versus Renting in the State of Michigan
YEAR Homes Purchased Homes Rented
1999 30,000 25,000
2000 29,000 26,000
2001 28,000 27,000
2002 27,500 27,078
2003 27,125 27,103
A. Given the data above, the equation of a line for “Homes Purchased” and for “Homes Rented” is shown below.
B. Find the year at which homes rented will equal homes purchased
H(t) = – 0.19(t) + 43.73
R(t) = 0.16(t) + 39.90
If you have the desire to go into nursing, then you must first get ready to take the N.E.T., the HESI or the TEAS entrance test. You can begin preparing for your career by practicing your skills using the online tutorials and tests at The Nurses Learning Center. There are over 1000 questions and answers. You will get unlimited internet access, 24/7. It is yours to keep. New questions are added daily. It’s like sitting for the N.E.T., The HESI or the TEAS in your home.
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First one must be comfortable with reading. It is unfortunate in today’s culture that so much information is portrayed in visual media. How many people go to the library any more to pick up a classic like Huck Finn or Moby Dick? Colleges are also at fault for being lax at not pushing student’s to their maximum potential. Hence, when pre nursing students get to the point that their pre requisites are completed they sit for the NET and fail. The skill that many are missing is that of critical thinking. Critical thinking cannot be learned over night. Which is why so many students fail the second and third time they take the NET. Obviously there must be a way to pass the reading comprehension section without taking more courses in English. There is to be sure. As in mathematics where there is a logical sequence to solving problems, there is likewise a logical path associated with the reading comprehension. There are several key operating words that play a part in the questions and passages. Knowing what those key words are and how to interpret them are crucial to achieving a passing score. The reading comprehension of the NET is much more than memorizing what happened in a passage. It is more correct to state why this has happened in a passage based only on what information is provided. So many times students search their memory trying to pull from prior knowledge to answer the questions. This is the biggest mistake that they can make. The questions are designed so that all content must come from the passages, even if it seems that the questions are far reaching. All questions are based purely on the passage. Even if a student can prove the author is in error, it makes no difference since all the answers are based on the passage.
To begin practicing now just go to the nurses learning center and you can get unlimited access for as long as you want. Just log in and start practicing.
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Phlebotomy Career Training LLC, Receives Accreditation from National Healthcareer Association.
Date: October 12, 2009
Garden City, MI October 12, 2009— Phlebotomy Career Training LLC, a division of Michigan Institute of Health Careers has received accreditation from the National Healthcareer Association.
Phlebotomy Career Training LLC has officially become recognized by the National Healthcareer Association and has received approval for their Phlebotomy Technician Program. This prestigious recognition will help students achieve the necessary certification needed to obtain positions in various health care settings. The competition for qualified phlebotomy positions is fierce, especially in the state of Michigan. Accreditation from the NHA will give the students the edge that they need in the job market. Students will be taking their first certifying exam in November.
The students are very excited that they will receive a certification as a Phlebotomy Technician. The NHC has strict guidelines as to the qualifications necessary for a school to obtain certification. The Phlebotomy Technician Program at Phlebotomy Career Training LLC, in Garden City, Michigan has met all of the NHC’s qualifications and more. At Phlebotomy Career Training LLC, those students graduating from the Phlebotomy Technician program are assisted with job placement in the Metro Detroit Area Hospitals and surrounding clinics. With the certification from the NHC, job placement is expected to increase. Read more »
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