HESI 1: GERIATRICS

This HESI is very straight forward. It is making sure you know how to take the exam. There are plenty of common themes that HESI wants you to pick up on and carry forward for the HESIs to come.

  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: Physiological needs come first, then psychological.
  • ABC’s: Prioritize with Airway first, Breathing second, and Circulation third.
  • Least invasive measure should always be taken first. Don’t stick your patient if you don’t have to.
  • Read the questions. They provide all of the information you need to answer the question and cancel out irrelevant options.
  • You live in the perfect HESI world. You have access to all of the supplies you could need. You have plenty of time to focus on this patient. Give them your best care.
  • Be therapeutic. These questions will pop up repeatedly and they are the easiest points. Avoid yes or no answered questions. Present your patient with an opportunity to discuss the situation.
  • ADPIE: Assessment, Diagnosis, Planning, Intervention, Evaluation. If it asks what the next step is, use ADPIE to see what comes next.
  • Don’t pass the buck. The patient is your’s. You have the time to take care of them, so do it yourself (unless the question states otherwise).
  • Don’t change the answers. Don’t add “what ifs.” The answer is exactly as it reads. If something is off with it, eliminate the answer and carry on.
  • Please note that all of these themes carry over into every HESI exam!

HESI 2: Psychiatric, HESI 3: Med SurgHESI 4: Pediatrics, HESI 5: Maternity, HESI 6: Cumulative Exit HESI

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