New Mexico State University School of Nursing
College of Health and Social Services Annex Building
Welcome New and Returning Nursing Students
Congratulations on being accepted to the School of Nursing BSN Program!
We are excited to have you in our program. New Mexico State University is a community of diverse students and thirsty learners. We are sure that you have made the right choice in choosing to attend NMSU and most importantly, The School of Nursing.
Look over this page to get acquainted and prepared to tackle your next goal and help you get started before you get started (all information here in is subject to change).
What You Need to Know
At the School of Nursing we require all students to use their NMSU email to communicate with SON administrative staff.
SON Faculty prefer course communications to take place within Canvas, our learning management system that delivers course content online.
SON administrative staff communicate important information and announcements via the NMSU email system. It is important that as a nursing student, you check this email on a weekly basis. It is also very important that you meet all deadlines for your clinical clearances. Your instructor will communicate this to you during orientation. SON uses a sophisticated online records system called Typhon to keep track of all your clinical clearance records, it is up to you to make sure those records are always up to date.
Always stay in touch with your School of Nursing adviser. Any questions you may have about courses and credits should always be addressed to your adviser. Finally, keep in touch with your adviser to make sure you are taking all required pre-requisites and nursing courses that are essential for your degree plan.
All of these important details and many more will be covered during orientation. Make sure to attend all mandatory orientation meetings to ensure you are well informed and ready to tackle each semester. It is also recommended you download the BSN Student Handbook from the SON website and review it for your convenience.
All students have access to the Nursing Skills & Simulation Center Student Canvas site. This is accessible via your Canvas log in at
https://nmsu.instructure.com. This site has tons of information on clinical and simulation information. From videos to audio files and much more. This is also where you will find the skills lab calendar where you can sign up and request lab time for practice on any procedure you need to work on. Contact the GA's through Canvas if you have specific needs in the lab.
The SON administration will be communicating information to you through your NMSU email account so be sure to check your NMSU email early and often!
Please take a few minutes to checkout the SON administrative staff to get to know us. And always check your NMSU email! You never know when important news is arriving through your NMSU account. Also, You may contact us at anytime if you have any questions, 575-646-3812 or email@example.com.
Spring 2018 Course Materials for Levels 1 - 3
Access the flyer that pertains to your semester level and choose your package. Visit your campus bookstore and make your selection.
If you should need help setting up your digital course materials, contact Elsevier Customer Support at, 800-222-9570 or go to the Help tab at the top of your Evolve page.
New Computer Lab for Nursing Students
The School of Nursing now has a small computer lab available to all nursing students. If you are interested in using the lab or just want a quiet space to do work and study, stop by room 110 and ask to use the room. The lab is open from 8am to 4:30pm, Mon through Fri..
The lab is equipped with,
- 3 Windows PCs
- 1 Printer
- 4 student desks
School of Nursing Energy Pod
Because we know how stressful it can be to prepare for your exams, whether it's the HESI or your finals, we have an energy pod available for students to use. Energy pods have been effective in reducing stress levels, in having a positive impact on mental health, in restoring your energy and can even have a positive impact on your academic performance. If you are interested in using the pod come down to room 132 or stop by the skills lab with any of the graduate assistants and ask for access to the energy pod room.
Campus Tech Support
Help Desk Hours
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center (HJLC) Room 105
Lab Hours & Locations
Lab Hours from 1/14/18 – 1/20/18 and Spring ’18 Lab Hours are available at https://studenttech.nmsu.edu/
Talk to a Lab Associate
Pete’s Place, Corbett Center: 575-646-2031
Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center (HJLC): 575-646-4757
Equipment Rental Program
Located in Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center (HJLC) Room 103
Make your reservation today: 575-646-6858, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Library Semester Hours
Monday-Thursday 7:30a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Call for Help: 575-646-5792 or 866-835-9826, Text: 575-219-6612, or Chat Online: http://lib.nmsu.edu/askus/
Library Laptop Checkout
Visit Zuhl or Branson Library to checkout a laptop for up to three hours.
Student Technology Information Tables
Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center (HJLC)
March 6 and April 4
I-Mall/Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center (HJLC)
Outside Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center (HJLC)
Tech Day 2018:
Thursday, February 1
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Corbett Center Aggie Lounge
Open to all NMSU Students, Staff, and Faculty
Join us for fun, information, and hourly door prizes
Debug Club Computer Clinic
DACC’s Debug Club will be in Hardman & Jacobs assisting with personal devices and computer equipment. Dates for Spring ’18: TBD
- System Diagnostics
- Virus Removal
- Malware Removal
- Speed Up
- Hardware Issues
- LCD Replacement
& Communication Technologies provides access to software in the ICT
Computer Labs and online for personal use. Software can be installed on
NMSU-owned computers as well as home computers belonging to NMSU
faculty, staff, and students. Software is available at https://software.nmsu.edu/. An updated version of Sophos will be available soon.
Have questions or if you would like to share with us your technology resource services, contact us:
ICT Student Technology & Planning
Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center (HJLC) 219
We will place an advising hold on any student who does not have up-to-date clearances in by the due date (varies per semester). All nursing students are required to have up-to-date immunizations and current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for health care providers/CPR certification. This must include a “hands-on” check-off. No other type of CPR certification is accepted for the satisfaction of this requirement.
Each year NMSU nursing students will need to update their influenza immunizations by November 1st. This immunization is offered at many area pharmacies and clinics.
Immunization costs are the responsibility of the student. Students who have contraindications for this important immunization will be asked to wear masks to clinical for the duration of the influenza season. A declination statement signed by a health care provide will be required.
Please download the the following documents:
Student Health Insurance
All students attending classes in the NMSU School of Nursing are required to submit proof of health insurance as part of clinical clearance requirements. NMSU students are eligible to purchase basic, individual health insurance policies through United Healthcare at reasonable student rates.
You can find out more about this program by going to the Campus Health Center website:
Other providers of insurance are also acceptable. If you are a military member or dependent, your military ID or a similar document describing your eligibility would serve as proof of insurance. If you have a form of state-issued insurance, such as Medicaid, submit proof of eligibility.
If you have questions about other forms of insurance providers, give us a call at 575-646-3812.
HESI (Health Education Systems Inc.,) Testing
HESI (Health Education Systems, Inc.) testing will be used to assess the knowledge of students as they progress in the NMNEC curriculum of our nursing program. Progression exams will be administered at the end of every NMNEC level. The exams will count for 5% of the grade of one course in each level. A schedule of which course and when the exams will be taken will be provided at student orientation. These exams are not optional. These exams will be administered in the week before final exams.
For current 8th semester students, the HESI Exit Examination is a part of their final semester of studies. A passing score of 850 on the HESI Exit Examination is required prior to entry into the N479 clinical preceptorship, and is a measure of clinical safety. The students in the NMNEC curriculum are required to have an exit HESI score of 900, or better, and the exam will be taken in the 5th level while in Clinical Intensive 3, and must be passed before starting the Capstone Course.
Elsevier provides a package of HESI practice tests through its Evolve website. This package contains practice tests for most of the major HESI specialty content exams and also a practice comprehensive exam. Students may elect to self-enroll in this package of practice tests at any time in the curriculum. Instructions are posted on the Nursing Skills Lab website. A mini-semester course in the second half of Spring semester for HESI review/preparation can be taken if desired. Space is limited and this course is listed as NURS 460 HESI Success.
Another assistance program PassPoint from Lippincott is now mandatory as part of concepts course work and students can seek a mentor/faculty to assist with the review. Further explanation will be given during Level orientation.
In an effort to support student success, the School of Nursing encourages graduating students to take a review course such as Kaplan, prior to the NCLEX-RN® exam. It is important that all graduating students take the course and are able to dazzle us with their success!!
Dosage Calculations Exam
Continuing students in NMNEC curriculum, traditional, and Roadrunner pre-licensure programs must pass a dosage/calculations examination prior to starting their clinical rotations. There will be two chances for students to pass this exam with a score of 92% or better. Information about the Dosage Calculation Requirements has been posted on the School of Nursing Home Page at http://schoolofnursing.nmsu.edu/bsn/. Dosage and Calculation guidelines include:
- The exam will be in a multiple choice format
- All students will receive NMSU email notification of pass or retake
- There will be one opportunity for students to review their exam results for those re-taking the exam
- Students are allowed two (2) attempts at the exam scheduled during the first week of classes
- For students who do not pass the dosage exam requirement by the end of the first week of classes, remediation will be expected. Once the remediation is completed and documentation is provided to the Clinical Coordinator, a third attempt may be scheduled.
- No further dosage exam attempts will be offered. The student must withdraw from clinical courses for that semester.
- Entering Level 1 NMNEC students do not take the Dosage/Calculation Exam since they are learning dosages and calculations as part of beginning coursework.
Students will receive notification of Pass/Retake through their nmsu.edu email within 24 hours. The BSN Secretary will not divulge student exam results so please do not ask. Make sure your nmsu.edu email address is correct and on file with our SON office.
Clinical uniform policies are published in the BSN Handbook. Appropriate uniforms are required for all NMSU SON clinical experiences. We recommend two sets of uniforms as you will usually have two clinical days per week. If you have any questions about the uniform, please call the School of Nursing. NMSU SON uniform items are available at the NMSU Barnes and Noble Bookstore but can also be purchased at other scrub/uniform shops in town, as well as through online retailers.
Men and women will wear black shoes with black soles and black "crew" socks (ankles must be covered). A white, pewter or wine collarless shirt/shell (long or short sleeve) can be worn underneath the scrub top.
Lab Coat, NMSU Student Nurse patch, and name pin are supplied to new students at the White Coat Ceremony. This is a white lab coat that has a collar, mid-length (to cover the shirt), and long sleeves. The NMSU Nursing patch is sewn onto the left sleeve one (1) inch below the shoulder seam.
Uniform Accessories include:
- Wristwatch (one with a second hand).
- Bandage scissors.
- Pocket-size notebook.
- Black pen and pencil.
Students in NMNEC Level 1 and Level 3 will be required to have individual skills bags with all the supplies for the semester. More information on how to acquire the skills bags will follow so please keep a close eye on your NMSU email and the Nursing Skills Lab Canvas page.
Incoming nursing students are required to have an iPad for class and/or clinical experiences. The iPad will be used to take computerized exams, search content in class related to course assignments, and access the Electronic Health Record (EHR) program as part of clinical experiences.
The iPad can be any iPad 3rd generation or newer. This can be an iPad mini (any), iPad Air, iPad Pro, or an iPad 3, 4, or 5, with iOS 8 or newer. The storage capacity depends on each individuals personal needs, but a 32GB iPad mini is recommended. The NMSU Barnes and Noble Bookstore has special pricing on all of their iPads. Review the special pricing link below or call them directly at 575-646-1791 and mention the School of Nursing Program iPad requirement. The staff at the Aggie TechShop will also be glad to show you how to setup your iPad and get you started using it. Don't forget to ask about AppleCare. The B&N Aggie Tech shop now has the Education iPad for $299! Ask about it.
Visit them online at: http://aggietech.nmsu.edu/
or email them directly: email@example.com
If you need a User Guide, please download those guides below. The websites below are also a great resource for those new to the iPad.
Contact me if you have any questions at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-646-5228.
Recommended iOS Apps
I added this new section to provide you with a list of recommended apps that you can use for collaborating, presenting, and engaging your fellow peers. Most of the apps are free. If you have an app to share send it to me at email@example.com. I will post it here and credit you with the app.
Slack-great tool for collaborating as a group
Canva-great presentation tool that is so easy to use
Easelly-great easy to use tool for creating digital posters
Doodle-great for sign-up list and scheduling events
Dropbox-love this tool to share and backup files, MUST HAVE!
Scannable-easily scan anything with iPad & save to Evernote
Biscuit-fastest dictionary and flash cards study guide
My Script Calculator-easily calculates equations for you!
Canvas-quick and easy access to your courses (C. DeBlieck)
SofTestM-ExamSoft's iOS testing app (C.DeBlieck)
Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad create and present on your iPad
Microsoft Word for iPad create and work on your iPad
Send me your recommendations @ firstname.lastname@example.org!
ExamSoft Resources and Guides
All ExamSoft accounts will deactivate by the December 10th. Accounts will then be reactivated before the spring semester begins. Please check your emails for information on reactivating your ExamSoft accounts. It is important that you also have the newest version of Examplify. Check for updates in the app store.
-All ExamSoft student accounts have been paid for by the School of Nursing-
All Level 1-5 nursing and pre-nursing students are required to use ExamSoft to access and complete
exams for nursing courses. ExamSoft uses the Examplify app on the iPad to download and complete exams using your iPad (no other device substitutions will be accepted). Examplify is a free app that can be downloaded
onto your iPad from the App Store.
You will be receiving an email from the ExamSoft Administrator via your NMSU email early in the semester. This email will direct you on how to purchase and log into your ExamSoft Account. It is advised that you use your iPad to do this. It is recommended you have the Examplify App already installed on your iPad before purchasing and accessing your ExamSoft account. You will be prompted to register your iPad upon setting up your account.
Since all L1-5 students are required to have an iPad, you will use this device to take exams in class. Your instructor will let you know the days you will be using ExamSoft to take exams. No other device substitutions will be accepted. You will also be required to complete a "Mock" exam for practice. You will have up to 3 attempts to practice with (you may request more). You must complete at least 1 attempt before the actual exam day. Failure to do so may keep you from taking course exams. The "Mock" practice exam will be made available the first week of classes via your N293 course.
Please read the Student Policies and Procedures that will appear prior to taking the "Mock" exam or access them below.
This insures that you are aware and are in agreement with the policies put forward by the School of Nursing on computer-based testing.
NOTE: If you are having problems setting up your ExamSoft account from your iPad, I recommend you setup your ExamSoft account on a PC or Mac and then download the Examplify app on your iPad. You can only have one testing device registered on this app. Your iPad is your primary testing device for the School of Nursing. If you are Pre Nursing, you have the option to have an iPad or a PC or Mac laptop.
if your iPad is stolen or broken, there are iPads that can be checked out on the day of your exam. Please email or contact Miriam if you need to borrow one.
If you have any questions, please contact Miriam Maske, SON ExamSoft Admin, at 575-646-5228 or email@example.com.
Examplify iPad Requirements
- From your iPad download Examplify from the App Store
- Hardware Recommendations: iPad 3+, iPad Air+, iPad Mini+, and iPad Pro.
- Operating System: iOS 8, iOS 9, and iOS 10 (Only genuine versions of iOS are supported).
- 500 MB of free space is required to commence an exam.
- iPad must not be Jailbroken.
- Active internet connection for Examplify Download, Registration, Exam Download and Upload.
- In order to take an exam using Examplify, your institution must first enable iPad support.
- Your ExamSoft Institution ID is: NMSUNurs
- Make sure you register your iPad on Aggie Air (do not use Aggie Guest for exams). Go to www.netreg.nmsu.edu from your device browser to register. Follow the prompts then restart your device.
ATTENTION: To get started on learning how to use Examplify, access these links below.
- Examplify Webinar: Here
- Download for Mac and Windows: Here
- Registration Walk-Through: Here
- How to download an exam: Here
- Basic Info for Examplify: Here
- Logging into Examplify: Here
Please complete this tutorial and lesson. Be sure to enter your full name when prompted:
(if you are prompted to enter a code use: VFDRM)
Exam Taker Technical Support:
Monday - Friday
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