Quote from Brickman
My question is how many times would someone need to fail before you wouldn't want them to be the nurse taking care of you or your family member? I don't want to discourage anyone from success, but then again I'm not sure if I would want a nurse who took more than 2 tries to pass boards taking care of me or someone I cared about. How many times do you all think a person should be able to test before they need to look elsewhere for a career?
I'm glad you've raised this issue. I've often wondered about this myself. This is where the unwritten rule that every post has to be sympathetic kinda bothers me.
I know there are exceptions, but the fact is, they are exceptions. Afterall, 85 percent of nursing students nationwide manage to pass the first time. Most of the people who don't pass tests, especially a critical one like this, are the same people who don't prepare. Test anxiety usually has nothing to do with it. The best solution for test anxiety is to know your stuff. If you don't then, yeah, you're going to have test anxiety.
A lot of these people who fail simply get by in school and try to do as little work as possible. The good students who have worked their butt off the entire time usually have no problem with the NCLEX. It's actually easy for them compared with the tests they took in nursing school.
It seems taboo to talk about this aspect of the situation, even though it's the most obvious explanation for multiple NCLEX failures. But I'll go out on a limb and say it anyway: No, I would not want these people as my nurse.