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 CastleBranch 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2020 Level 3 Booklist
Purchase your unique Elsevier course package.
SON Student Study Lounge
Located in HSS 132. Open M-F from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.
There is a microwave and a small refrigerator available for use.
We also have a temporary lactation room for nursing mothers. Use the table to study or have your lunch at.
Penny Jimerson RN, MSN
Simulation Lab Instruction, Coordinator
SON 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.
SON Student Computer Lab
Located in HSS 110. Open M-F from 8:00AM to 4:30PM.
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
- 3 student desks
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.,) Standardized Curriculum Testing
are required to take nationally standardized tests and to achieve a
satisfactory score on these tests. The NMSU BSN program uses Health Education
Systems, Incorporated (HESI) in Levels 3, 4 and 5 to assess student knowledge
acquisition and clinical reasoning. In levels 3 and 4, students are required to
take specific HESI progression exams, which will contribute 5% to the course
grade (see table below).
Level 5 students are required to take
the HESI Exit Exam (E2). The successful completion of the Level 5 course,
NURS 486 Concept Synthesis, depends on completion of the E2 exam
with a score no lower than 900. See the BSN Student Handbook for more details.
have unlimited attempts to complete HESI Comprehensive Practice Tests (CPT).
However, they must complete one (1)
CPT with a score of 80% or better prior to attempting the completion of each HESI Exit Exam (E2). Students will provide proof of a passing
score to the Faculty HESI Success Coordinator when they request permission to
take the HESI E2. Those students who do not achieve the designated
benchmark score of 80% or better on the first HESI CPT are required to
submit a remediation plan and to show evidence of completion of that
remediation plan to the Faculty HESI Success Coordinator.
After remediation, students must achieve the benchmark score of 80%, or better on the CPT before attempting the second HESI E2.
The Faculty HESI Success Coordinator supervised remediation plans, along with a CPT completed with a score of at least 80% or better are required for any future attempt of the E2. The time period between HESI E2 attempts will be no less than two (2) weeks.
Students will have 2 times to complete the HESI E2 with a score of 900 or better paid by the SON. If a student is unsuccessful in their attempts to pass the HESI E2 by the end of the semester, the course grade for N486 Concept Synthesis will be recorded as In Process (IP). The student will continue the next semester with their remediation and test attempts. Once they complete the HESI E2 with a score of 900 or better, the NURS 486 course is considered complete and the final program requirements are met. Students will have up to six (6) attempts to successfully complete the HESI E2 within a 12 month period. The last 4 attempts are paid by the student. If the E2 is not completed successfully after 6 attempts, the course grade will be recorded as “F” for the purpose of GPA calculation. If the NURS 486 course grade is an “F” due to failure to successfully complete the E2 the student could be eligible to repeat NURS 486, depending on prior course grades and in accordance with the BSN progression policies as described here.
All progression decisions are governed by the progression policies of the SON BSN Committee. See the BSN Student Handbook for more information.
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.
Dosage and Calculation guidelines include:
- The exam will be in a multiple choice format
- The exam will be given within ExamSoft using the Examplify app
- All students must use an iPad to download and complete exam, except for level 5 students (use paper/scantron)
- 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 Uniforms and Skills Packs
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, black, or wine collarless shirt/shell (long or short sleeve) can be worn underneath the scrub top.
A student name tag and stethoscope are given to each student at the SON Welcome Ceremony scheduled during the 1st week of school. Friends and family are encouraged to attend.
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.
Levels I and III Skills Packs:
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 and participate in in-class course-related assignments, and access the electronic health record program as part of your clinical experience.
The iPad can be any iPad 4th generation or newer. This can be an iPad mini (any), iPad Air, iPad Pro, or any iPad 4 or higher, with iOS 10 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. 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
OneDrive-use your NMSU account to get a free account!
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
Examplify-ExamSoft's iOS testing app (MUST HAVE)
Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad-create and present on the iPad
Microsoft Word for iPad-create and work on the iPad
Send me your recommendations @ firstname.lastname@example.org!
ExamSoft is a computer-based testing platform. All exams are administered via the ExamSoft testing app, Examplify. Students are required to download, access, complete, and upload all exams using Examplify on either an iPad (levels 1-4) or a Mac or WIN PC (pre nursing only).
At the beginning of each semester students will receive a notification via NMSU email reminding students to activate their ExamSoft account for the semester. Please complete this step as soon as possible. ExamSoft user fees is covered by the School of Nursing.
-ALL FALL 2020 USERS WILL BE ACTIVATED BY NO LATER THAN AUGUST 13th, 2020-
- Hardware Recommendations = iPad 5+, iPad Air+, iPad Mini+ and iPad Pro
- Operating System = iOS 11 or newer (only genuine versions of iOS are supported)
- 500 MB of free space required to commence an exam
- iPad must not be Jailbroken
- Internet connection for 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 when on main campus with AggieAir-WPA2 (do not use Aggie Guest for exams!). You will be prompted to enter your NMSU user name and pass phrase. This is the most secure wifi for exam takers.
Examplify Resources and Lesson
ATTENTION: To get started on learning how to use Examplify, access these links below.
- Minimum system requirements: Here
- Download for Mac and Windows: Here
- Registration Walk-Through: Here
- How to download an exam: Here
- Logging into Examplify: Here
- Taking a Secure Exam on your iPad
- Learn about ExamID and ExamMonitor*
- View Exam Integrity video using ExamID and ExamMonitor
*ExamMonitor and ExamID will be used for N328, and all Health & Illness courses for Fall 2020.
Please complete this ExamSoft lesson before proceeding to Practice Quiz.
Be sure to enter your full name when prompted:
Enter your Full Name and Code if Prompted: YONAD
Exam Taker Technical Support:
Monday - Friday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM Eastern
Campus Tech Support
Please contact each office for availability
Connect your Mobile Device to AggieAir
Aggie Tech at NMSU Bookstore
Apple Authorized Service Provider
1400 E University Ave, NM 88001
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
Regular Lab Hours: https://studenttech.nmsu.edu/
Summer Lab Hours: https://studenttech.nmsu.edu/summer-hours/
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
rentals are available. Only checks and money orders are accepted for
and payments should be made out to NMSU-Tele.
Rentals are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and late fees apply.
Laptops, projectors, digital cameras and iPads available.
- Daily Rentals, just the day (8:00am – 4:30pm) it’s free.
- Weekly rentals are $5.00
- Monthly is $20.00
- Semester is $40.00
Located in Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center (HJLC) Room 103
Make your reservation today: 575-646-6858, email: email@example.com
Contact Student Technology & Planning at 575-646-6858
or http://studenttech.nmsu.edu/equiprental/ for more information.
Zuhl and Branson libraries also have laptop and chromebook checkouts available for checkout.
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/
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