Am I the only one who is concerned about someone who has failed multiple times, finally passes and then wants to share their experience with everyone else? Am I the only one who is concerned about working with nurses who finally pass on their eighth try? Granted, I'm so experienced that I took my licensing exam on paper eons ago when it was offered only twice a year, everyone answered all the questions over a two day period and it took six weeks to get the results. In those days, you only got two tries. That was it. So I could be someone biased and/or out of touch. I just wonder, though, about the knowledge base and learning capacity of a nurse that took the exam eight times to pass. Although perserverence is a virtue, and those folks obviously have plenty of that. Is nursing so different now that it's OK to take eight tries to get your license? Or is this a development of the "everyone gets a trophy" mentality? Keep trying and everyone gets a license?
LOL Ruby, I read the title there and said to self "Ruby, you surely did not fail the NCLEX 5 times!!!!!"
But, I agree. One of the first in my class to get a decent hospital RN job failed the NCLEX. She had a relative who worked there, so passing was only a technicality when she eventually passed. The hospital would not interview anybody else. I think she worked for about 6 months got pregnant and plans to only MAYBE do PRN now, I last heard.... apparently PRN is "all she really wanted to do in nursing anyway."
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Feb 9, '12
Ruby it is this mentality of you and others that really irk me. I don't care if a nurse had to take the NCLEX 20 times to pass, not passing the nclex the first or second time by know means determines ones capability of being a great nurse. Have anyone ever thought about the fact that there are just some people who are poor test takers? There are nurses who struggled through school and on NCLEX but turned out to be competent nurses.
Here is some food for thought: I know of a man who was an expert at taking exams. One day he was asked to take a nursing exam. Well, this man had no medical background whatsoever but still passed this nursing exam with flying colors. To me NCLEX does not test how much you know or what you know. NCLEX tests your ability to pick the best answer.
These people made it through a vigorous nursing program. Therefore they do have some knowledge base about nursing.
To you nurses out there that had to take the NCLEX multiple times to pass: Congrats, you did it! Hold your head up high and be proud of our accomplishment.
To the nurses such as the OP who looks down and judge nurses that had to take the exam numerous times, I say this: Get a life and get over yourself!!!
Before I get flammed I took both LPN and RN boards and passed with minimum questions on my first try
Just because some of us did not have to walk 10 inches in snow to take a two day exam does not mean we don't deserve our license anymore then you all do!
I'm done with this thread. Thank you and God bless you all
Last edit by NurseLoveJoy88 on Feb 9, '12