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New Mexico State University School of Nursing

College of Health and Social Services

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 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


NMSU Stay Safe Website

Please visit the Stay Safe at NMSU website to see how you can stay safe on Campus and what we are doing to help build a safe and productive campus for all of our students.


SON Student Study Lounge

(temporarily closed)

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

(temporarily closed)

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.

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SON Student Computer Lab

(temporarily closed)

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

Clinical Clearances

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.

“Flu” Vaccine:
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

Students 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.

Students 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 email within 24 hours. The BSN Secretary will not divulge student exam results so please do not ask. Make sure your 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:

iPad Requirements

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:

or email them directly:

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.

iPad Special Pricing and Offers from NMSU Barnes & Noble

iPad Tutorials and Guides

iPad User Guide-Setup

iPad User Guide-The Basics

How to setup an iPad for the 1st time

iPad Navigation and All about Apps

Setting up your iPad on the NMSU WiFI network

Contact me if you have any questions at
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 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!

Evernote-a MUST HAVE to manage all of your work! Check out this site on "Four Ways to Improve Note-Taking Right Now".

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

iPad User Guides:

iPad Starter Guide
Pages for iPad

Keynote for iPad

Numbers for iPad

iMovie for iPad

GarageBand for iPad

Fostering Creativity with iPad

Enhancing Productivity with iPad

Send me your recommendations @!

ExamSoft Information

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.


  • 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.


*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


Also See:

ExamSoft Quick User Guide (NEW)

Exam Taker Performance Analysis

Exam Taker Technical Support:


Hours: 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:

Summer Lab 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

Equipment rentals are available. Only checks and money orders are accepted for rentals,

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:

Contact Student Technology & Planning at 575-646-6858

or 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:

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


Information & 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 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, 575-646-4857

Happy Nurses Week!

National Nurses Week, May 6 - 12

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