Elsevier Acquires Professional Development Software, Inc., Provider of ‘Software for Nurses’ Online Learning Education

Acquisition extends the Evolve Testing and Remediation product suite

St. Louis, MO, 7 April 2009 - Elsevier, the leading global publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today the acquisition of the assets of Professional Development Software, Inc. (PDS), the provider of Softwarefornurses.com online learning education products. PDS will be integrated into Elsevier’s Evolve Testing and Remediation product suite (which includes the ‘HESI Test’), bringing additional content to Elsevier’s total curriculum solution for nursing.

“PDS products are current, well-written, and very useful to nursing students and faculty seeking a review and remediation resource in preparing for the NCLEX®,” said Sebastian Vos, Elsevier’s Vice President for eLearning. “It is a perfect fit within the Evolve Testing and Remediation product suite.”

For schools of nursing, PDS Software for Nurses modules are used for learning reinforcement, guidance in decision making, remediation, clinical make up and NCLEX® review. For healthcare organizations, the modules are used for orientation, competency testing, cross training, remediation, and continuing education.

PDS customers can continue to visit www.softwarefornurses.com for product information and any updates related to joining the Evolve Testing and Remediation product suite. The suite comprises some of the best possible test preparation tools in the industry for both students and teachers, and is run by Elsevier, the world’s leading and largest provider of medical content, tools and services. Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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