I'm sorry to hear about the bad news, but keep your chin up. With my graduating class in 2011, almost a QUARTER of those who took the June 2011 CRNE failed in my city.
How did you do in school as far as testing? I'm only asking because the ones who failed the CRNE were people who I found usually studied at the last minute or barely passed at all. Now, there's obviously always exceptions - nerves.
I'm anywhere from a B- to A- student, but I studied hard. When I was studying I used the Mosby's book (same one you have) and I got my hands on any material that I could where I could study the questions. I found that yes, I did know a lot of the anatomy and physiology in the books but when I was doing the practice tests, I wasn't reading the questions properly. I know a lot of people never started studying till a good month before exam, but I started studying right when May came around (finished school in april, gave myself a couple of weeks to relax), studied like it was a job. I woke up, read the news, got in some exercise, started studying at 9, finished up around 2 or 3, and then got ready for my part time job at night. I know some people think it's excessive but I figured there was no way I was spending $$$$ to got to Toronto for some test taking class, paying for a test... you have the tools. I also never went to 'study groups'. I studied with one other person who had the same schedule I did. The day or two before the exam, I stopped studying and I didn't get in touch with my class mates. I showed up just before they let everyone in so I didn't have to talk to anybody, I brought ear plugs to my test as well.
I'm not sure what the exam was like this time for you, but I had a lot of community based questions and a LOT of OB. I never did well in Theory but I always did well in complex nursing. I can't tell you why, but those 'easy' classes didn't come well to me. I thought I failed that exam. I was pretty upset.. I didn't even know what to think about it. I know a lot of my friends wanted to go out drinking afterwards but I was in no mood to celebrate. Anyway.. all those people who hardly studied and said 'it's a piece of cake'... well, they FAILED. Was I surprised? NOPE. That test was HARD, and anyone who says it's not, well, I don't believe it. When I got to a question I didn't understand or was spending too much time thinking about, I ticked it and came back to it later.
You need to take some time off, think about what you found difficult about the exam. Was it how the questions were asked? Was it your anatomy and physiology rusty? I mean, I know some nurses that have no idea what SIDE the LIVER is on. :O. So, just because you failed this test doesn't mean you'll be a rotten nurse or you'll never be a nurse, so don't ever get down on yourself.
I'm not sure about any of you, but I found that Canadian Registered Prep Guide was pretty close to how difficult the questions were.
I also found coming on here was a great resource. Not longer I finished writing my CRNE, I started studying for the US board exams and passed that. I got to the second last question and I thought I just about failed it, but I ended up passing.