The reasoning behind this type of examination is that the higher your score, the more likely you are to be accepted into the program that you select. The idea here is to give those entering the nursing program an upper hand on those who chose a Bachelor of Science in Nursing course who may already be nursing. If you are still undecided about this particular subject, it makes sense to find an expert who can provide you with an honest opinion as to whether or not it is worth taking. The next question is how can I improve my score on the HESI A2 examination?
You may have already been aware that there are some very specific things that will increase your chances of success when taking the examination. For example, you should plan on taking the exam with the assistance of a licensed clinical nurse (CPL). This professional is someone who has successfully completed two years of college coursework in nursing and has passed the nationally recognized licensure exam. Furthermore, he/she will possess a minimum of two HESI credit hours, as well as successful completion of the clinical practice portion of the course. This professional will also possess an in depth understanding of the State laws regarding dental hygiene.
In order to increase your chances for success on the HESI A2 exam, you will also want to remember that the greater number of pre-requisites you have achieved, the higher your chances of obtaining an acceptance to the program. For most programs, you will need to earn your first dental insurance policy, complete a basic set of community service, participate in an approved clinical practice or internship, and attain a basic level of general knowledge in your field. Of course, in order to meet all of these requirements, you will need to meet the minimum standard of education for dental hygienists in your State. For those States that do not require a minimum level of general knowledge, you will need to take a test of your general knowledge, write an essay, accompany the written test with a clear description of your problem, and pass a final oral examination. With so many prerequisites to meet, most students will end up rushing through the process, and in the end, not receiving their degree, and dropping their first chance at a good job in the dental industry.
The second step is to decide which areas of the HESI A2 are the most important to you. If the State requires a minimum level of general knowledge, then you will be able to choose which courses to take to meet the State’s minimum educational requirement. In addition, if you are interested in clinical experience, you will also want to consider the HESI A2 clinical test. You will be required to take one of these tests, complete a clinical demonstration, and take a final oral examination.
The third step to achieving success on the HESI A2 is to familiarize yourself with the core concepts covered on the examination. You will need to understand the importance of the scientific nature of the clinical documentation you are required to submit to the State Board. The fundamental concepts involved in proper patient care, preventative measures, and the basic principles of hygienic practice are essential to understanding these concepts. The basic functions it is required that the student be able to demonstrate to the State Board include: having knowledge and use of general functions of good laboratory practice; taking reasonable and appropriate care for patients; using sanitary methods and equipment in the proper way; keeping the laboratory organized; providing information to the staff; meeting safety requirements and regulations; and providing assistance to the laboratory staff and other students.
When a student has fully grasped and understand these three core concepts, he/she may proceed to the second part of the examination which is understanding the General Health Services Policy (GHBSP). This part covers three topics: a review of the current legislation concerning infectious disease, the preparation and the administration of directives, and management and control of infectious diseases. A student will need to understand that the purpose of the General Health Services Policy is to promote responsible healthcare services and protect the public from the risks posed by infectious diseases. Students need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the risks of exposure to contaminated blood, eye-contact, and mouth-contact, prior to providing any healthcare service. A student that has successfully completed the examination and has the understanding and ability to explain and interpret the results effectively shall be awarded a passing score.
The third topic is topical knowledge with reference to the subject matter and clinical experience that can affect the validity of a test result. Students are required to demonstrate understanding and proficiency in using the key terms and their related illustrations in written communication, oral presentations, and in the preparation and execute of laboratory experiments. A successful final examination is based on a review of the topics discussed in lecture 1 new, a b, c, and d, inclusive of the review of the clinical documentation that accompanies each item. All laboratory activities in this part of the program must be documented in both written and unwritten forms.