How many tries did it take to get your lisence? - page 3

How many tries did it take you to get your nusing lisence? Do u think academic grades or clinical grades have any reflections on how people do on board exams? Thank you in advance. nursing... Read More

  1. by   Jay Levan
    There was statistical information at beginning of this post that stated, only 84% of those who take boards pass then on 1st attempt, yet 98% of those answering this poll passed on 1st attempt, hmmm? I passed my board exams in 1973, on the first attempt. I was the student that just managed to squeak by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin, yet I scored better on those most comprehensive exams in three of the then five sections, than 95% of my classmates, Dumb Luck?? I give credit to my instructors for this most interesting phenomenon. I also know that one of my classmates took those exams five times before passing them(there was no limit to how many times you could re-sit for these exams at that time) Interesting Subject :-)
  2. by   baseline
    Originally posted by KP RN
    One time only!! Back in 1988, we didn't have the computer test. Sat in a huge auditorium in one hundred degree heat for 2 days! Many folks ended up passing out on the floor!
    Yikes!! This almost sounds like stories my Grandpa would tell me how he had to walk 40 miles to school each day!!
    :roll Me too!

    One time only, but it was a long 2 days............... and even longer waiting for the results.
  3. by   cpgrn
    Once. 75 questions and computer shut down in 1996. Took it with a student who had a 4.0 all through school - we both were convinced we failed but we didn't. The instructors at our school told us if you were an a/b student you probably didn't have anything to worry about. Some people took the review course but I didn't. Good luck!
  4. by   New CCU RN
    passed the first time... 75 questions in 35 min..
  5. by   zudy
    Once for the LPN, once for the RN. Long ago, took 2 days in a huge room filled with people trying NOT to freak. The person across the table from me had been in an MVA that am, she had rear-ended a Corvette, she said the driver of the car jumped out and totally cussed her out. She was trying so hard not to cry,she was shaking. I felt so sorry for her. I hope she passed the first time!
  6. by   KRVRN
    Once, computer turned off after 75 questions, 40 minutes.

    Happened so damn fast I was convinced I failed even though I was a straight A student.

    Funny... there were VERY FEW med questions on the NCLEX. I think I had a question as to the onset/duration of regular insulin and another question of two about some of the more common adult med-surg type meds like dig or lasix. And that was it.

    Nothing that tested whether X mg was an appropriate dose of a particular med or anything like that. I suppose because certain info can always be looked up. There were a few drug calculations though.
  7. by   Daisy
    I remember sitting in the Atlantic City convention center back in the late 70's. We had to take 5 separate test and pass all of them. It was hot and we had to wait three months for the results.I wish I had the opportunity to take the test on the computer.
  8. by   Anagray
    u know, everyone, I think I rather underestimated how difficult this test can be

    Some of you passed the boards not too long ago, others have done this ages ago and yet, each one of you remebers that day like it was yesterday!!

    rstewart, I think it was you
    <<<the 2 greatest predictors of difficulty with the NCLEX 1) Language difficulties/English as a second language and 2) Poor performance in nursing school.>>>

    I was a bit worried about that. I've lived in US for 9 years now, but I still have those blank moments when one word that I don't know throws me off. So far I have 4.0 gpa, but I'm not doing nursing yet.
    I am wondering if ther are any non-english natives who passed the boards successfully?


    Anyway, everyone, thank you for sharing your experiences and for adivce!
  9. by   Totone656
    Took me only one sitting to pass my boards, computer shut off at question # 75, and I was sure I had failed. It was the longest 10 days of my life. The wait was unreal.
  10. by   maggie7
    Once. Computer shut off after 76 questions. Just wondering about the questions. Did anyone have the one about cleaning hearing aides? Do you soak in alcohol, or put a toothpick in it? Just guessed the alcohol, but came home and looked it up and sure enough you use a toothpick. Who would have guessed. And to think you might fail over something like a hearing aide. Hummmm.
  11. by   P_RN
    I'm with Daisy...two days five different tests each scored separately. I took ours at the Carolina Inn at the end of August. I believe the results were back in approximately 6 weeks. That was some kind of record because they usually took much longer to be scored.
  12. by   bettyboopfreak
    Once 80 questions got my license 2 weeks later. Was so excited i forgot to read the letter that came with lisence that said I passed.
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    The computer shut off after 20 mins. and the minimum 75 questions. I was a level-headed middle-aged woman until that moment, and then I freaked for the next 10 days......until my license came in the mail. I really thought I'd blown it. Thank God I don't have to do that again!

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