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    KThurmond likes this.

    No thoughts at all??

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    Yes, it has happened, but seems to be pretty rare. If 24 hours after you have completed your exam you are still prevented from registering for a new exam, it is most likely that you passed. If you put in wrong information and get a card declined message, it means that you may have passed or may have failed. Only by putting in completely accurate information and rolling the dice will you know whether you can register or not.

    Personally, I think it's a silly risk of $200. At this point, it seems likely that you will have passed. Stop trying to give Pearson VUE your money, LOL, and go do something until you can get actual, Real Results. Good luck!

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    Congrats! Advice, yes: Pay attention closely to what your preceptor is saying and showing you. It's okay to let them know that you had learned something like it in school, it is not okay to seem as though you have nothing to learn because you learned it in school, know what I mean? Ask questions, thoughtful ones, ones that you can't find out super simply on your own.

    If you are given the opportunity to assist with something do it! Please don't be the new grad who finds certain work beneath them. Yes you will sometimes have a tech on the floor to help with basic hygiene, ambulating, Etc. And sometimes you won't. Don't push off on someone else something that you can easily do yourself. There is nothing more ridiculous than a nurse who spends 10 minutes looking for a tech to do a job that would take three. Recognize that your preceptors are taking extra time to teach you. Appreciate that! Always be prepared with your own pens, clipboard, whatever. A bored orientee is boring, in other words, show interest even if it is not the most interesting thing you've ever heard LOL. Not everything everyday is going to be fascinating, but it is what it is. Want to do some of the more interesting things? Show competency without being a know-it-all. Prove yourself reliable and they will think of you when reliability is needed. Prove yourself by being not just on time but a little early. Make sure your charting is done correctly and completely and nothing is left to do that you should have done before you left for the day. Of course nursing is a 24-hour business and there is always something to leave for the next shift, just be conscientious that you aren't pushing off onto someone else what you would not appreciate being pushed off onto you. Be courteous. Be compassionate not just woth your patients but with your colleagues as well. And most of all, remember that not only are you human, so is everyone around you. People will make mistakes, forgive them. You will make mistakes, forgive yourself. And for the love of Mike, learn from all of those experiences, negative and positive! After that everything turns out fine :-)
    Good luck!

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    I'm going to take a solid guess that there's a language issue in play here. Maybe you're not understanding what they are saying, maybe they are not understanding you. If you have documentation to show what happened and when, drive to the BON and speak with someone in person. Might be a better option than asking random people on this website as nothing we say matters in the least anyway. It's up to the BON to make the decision here, go talk to them.

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    The reason to wait 24 hours before playing the game is because although the initial scoring is done instantly at close of exam (which is why it closes), the second Quality Assurance scoring (also computer, not by hand) takes place at some point during the following 24 hours. Can be four, or 24, no one can predict when your own personal test will be finalized. Usually people who report the PVT "telling" them that they passed and they didn't, or failed and they didn't is before that 24 hour mark is reached. And sometimes it's just because it's not something anyone can count on to be accurate, it's a game you are playing with the registration software.

    Good luck.

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    It is not accurate, it is a game. Sounds like you enjoy playing it since you are doing it over and over. Honestly, there isn't much anyone can tell you. There is nothing to "work" or "not work".

    Most of the time if you can't register again right away, you passed. If you can register again after 24 hours from completion, most of the time, you failed. Anything between is a toss-up. Good luck.

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    Catmom123 likes this.

    Quote from Catmom123
    Thank you Extra Pickles. Your reply was helpful. Have you taken the nclex yet?
    Am in my second decade of working as an RN so yes, indeed :-)

    I have helped mentor and precept students when they are in the clinical setting and have worked with new grads struggling with NCLEX; it's a fascinating testing system really if you're into that kind of wonky thing (which I am lol).

    Let us know when you pass!

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    Chay74, llg, KelRN215, and 10 others like this.

    A newborn baby with a boyfriend and (you hope) grandmothers for childcare is an exceptionally difficult road to begin as a nursing student. The "easiest" babies are time consuming and don't sleep when you want/need them to....and get sick at exactly the most inconvenient times. They are more work than you can imagine now and you will be more exhausted than you can imagine now. And, not to be all weird and judgy, but let's face it, a boyfriend is not a husband and you can't KNOW for a fact that he is going to be this amazing Daddy helping out all he possibly can when the excrement hits the circulating device, and if HE isn't then you can't count on his mother's help either and now you're a single mother of a newborn trying to manage nursing school and part-time help from your mom and maybe a part-time daycare (when the infant is old enough for that). Hard doesn't even begin to cover it. And since you described a 3-semester program that tells me they are concentrated, intense courses without any time to slack, certainly not for a sick or sleepless child (or parent), not for a childcare issue.

    If you can avoid a baby while in school AT ALL, that's the way I'd suggest. Not before, not during, but after. That's my advice, anyway.

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    Hi, and welcome to AN

    I know school nurses who love (mostly lol) their jobs and no doubt you can read the Specialties forum here and find out what they think. I would suggest, though, before setting your sights on nursing school ONLY if you want to go into school nursing to consider something.

    Your chosen field is a VERY popular choice for tons of mothers of young children, as well as those without children, for all the same reasons as you. Because of that, getting a job can be something of a Holy Grail search. Will you be ok with going through all that nursing school entails, the costs and the stress and the time, only to find that there is no way short of moving to some remote location that you can get a job as a school nurse? And if so, are you then ok with being say, a med-surge nurse in a hospital, or a nursing home nurse? Because nowadays it can be pretty tough to find a job in ANY nursing job let alone a popular one. And then there's the fact that while some jobs will be ok with you going in straight from graduation and having no experience, school nursing tends to be one of those jobs where the employer wants the selected choice to have a LOT of experience in handling the wide variations in chronic health problems today's schoolchildren can (and do) have: NG/PEG feeding tubes, mobility issues, insulin-dependent diabetics, tracheotomies, increasing incidents of mental health issues, youth pregnancies, and on and on. And you will only know how to work with a fraction of this by the time you graduate. And when you land that job, it's one nurse for the daily needs of hundreds of students (and sometimes entitled-feeling staff, as a friend of mine reminds me) and that one person is YOU.

    Just stuff to think about as you're envisioning shiny bright children stopping in for bandaids on weekdays with summers off LOL!

    The great thing about nursing is there are so many specialties you can find yourself working in. The down side is that you might not work in the ones you want, you might work in ones you DON'T want, and you should probably PLAN for not only that but working weekends, nights, evenings, holidays, and on-call for years (gaining valuable experience) before landing that dream job.

    What do you think of all that?

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    Quote from Aurorakoli84
    I have finish my nursing school in 2007 I worked at one hospital in my country for 7 years now that I come in NY they said me that I can't work with out taking NCLEX exam but before exam I had to do the evaluation of my degree to CGFNS during this time I want to study I have to start everything from beginning and I need help..can anyone tell me which will be more helpful for me Hurst,Uworld or Kaplan?
    Go to this site to familiarize yourself with the testing requirements: NCLEX & Other Exams | NCSBN .

    The NYS BON website will give you what you need to know about getting a license where you live. The NCSBN website (linked here) will tell you what you need to know to pass the exam.


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    Quote from xhine
    Hi everyone! I have the same problem regarding NCLEX-RN, im international graduate too from Philippines. My mother in law told me to try LVN exam. Now i don't know where to start. Did anyone here already tried to take LVN exam? What's the requirements and how to process? Hope anyone can help me here. Thanks
    Every State Board of Nursing in the US has its own requirements regarding Practical Nursing licensing. Some states will only allow a graduate of a practical nursing program to take the NCLEX-PN, others will allow a graduate of a registered nursing program to take it. You have to check with the BON for the state you are trying to get a license from as to whether you will be permitted to do it.

    With that out of the way I can tell you that thinking you can pass the PN exam after failing the RN exam is a problem. You aren't likely to pass at all. The scope of practice is different for a PN than an RN but it's not an easier route to becoming a nurse at this point. If you can't pass the RN exam you aren't in a good position to pass the PN one.

    International students who fail the exam are much more likely to continue to fail, that's just the fact. What to do? Get a tutor who has had success with the NCLEX-RN, working with students who have failed previously. That's your best (and maybe only) hope of passing at this point. Good luck.

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    Quote from angel15
    Thank you for your kind words. I want to pass this year because they are going to change the nclex format next time. At the end of my nclex exam last August 30, I have taken the testing test. They are trying the new format. I will try your suggestions to study less than 6 hours a day.
    What do you by "they are going to change the NCLEX format next time"? And "I have taken the testing test"---what?

    You might want to take a look at this site: NCLEX & Other Exams | NCSBN . The test is as it has always been and will continue to be, as long as the CAT system is used, and there is no plan to change that.

    You asked for help and here's my suggestion. Either take a US-based refresher course or consider a US NCLEX tutor. Your school, your education did not prepare you well enough to pass this exam or you would have passed it, at this point you need to do something DIFFERENTLY from the last five fails if you hope to pass it next time. Faith in the Almighty is a wonderful thing but I know what that other person was saying about that not really being relevant when it comes to studying for this exam. Not passing doesn't mean you haven't prayed hard enough, what if it's His will that you NOT become a nurse? Are you prepared to accept that? If not, and you aren't going to say "It's His will that I fail" then it's up to YOU to PASS. You can go with thinking that if God wants you to be a nurse He will let you pass but then you also have to go with if God doesn't want you to be a nurse He will continue to let you fail.

    If I were you I'd find someone who has success in teaching people who have had multiple NCLEX failures how to pass. I'd go back to school. I'd enroll in review courses, live, and work with a tutor. I'd ask my college to help find me someone to work with, and go from there. That's what I'd do. Good luck.

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    Quote from submerche

    I think ramping up the number of questions I do a day will be important. After I had finished all of the questions in my UWorld account I dropped way down. I was doing only maybe 25-50 per day on average because I started to remember the answers. What I should have done is to search out more questions to maintain the high volume.
    I think I may have also placed to much importance on getting the questions right. What I mean by that is that if I would get a question right I would feel like I was done with it. I may not have fully understood the pathophysiology or the order of interventions or what have you as to why it was correct. I would just remember from class or some other resource and move on. I would focus on rationales if I got something wrong but not so much if I got it right. Looking back on it, this was obviously a big mistake.
    I have never heard of the NCLEX exam decision tree. I will be looking for that. Thanks for that tip.
    Thank you
    The bolded part explains why you failed. I have no idea how the predictor works with any of the review courses, but I understand rather well how the CAT system of the NCLEX works.

    To fail in 75 questions, the minimum it is permitted to give you before closing, means that you weren't close to passing at all. It determined that giving you even one question more than the minimum was a waste of time.

    Harsh sounding perhaps but I'm going somewhere with this. The type of testing system the NCLEX uses builds from asking you the most basic memory-based knowledge questions through to the higher levels of clinical application of that knowledge. If you fail to prove you are knowledgeable on the basics, it shuts off. If you can prove you know the basics but are unable to apply that knowledge in a clinical setting---which is where all those rationales and interventions and prioritization questions come in--it shuts off.

    I can't know if you didn't understand the content sufficiently and failed on that alone, or if you were ok on that but couldn't demonstrate understanding of how to apply that knowledge. To be honest, I've found that people who fail at 75 questions usually have a problem with the content itself. Only you can know for sure.

    I'd get set up with a tutor if it were me. Contact your school, ask for local resources and find a way to sit with someone to go over how YOU need to proceed. Those of us on the internet can really only guess for you and you want to pass next time! Good luck.

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    Catmom123 likes this.

    Quote from Catmom123
    Hey everyone!
    I took the nclex yesterday (Sept 15, 2017) and just wanted to see what people thought of my exam cause I thought it was a little odd. It cut off at 75 questions and I had no labs, no math, no hot spot, no delegation, no audio, 1 drag and drop, 2 meds, and exactly 36 sata. I was methodical about keeping track of my sata for my friends who are future nclex takers soon. I thought the exam wasnt medical at all either. I did get the good pop up which I check after receiving my email stating they received my exam. Still waiting on my 48 hour quick results. Any thoughts guys? Cause I feel like I didnt do so not. Can I trust the PVT?

    Thanks everyone. These forums are a life saver!!!
    the ONLY thing that mattered at all in what you wrote is that you got 75 questions. That means you either did very well and proved competency quickly or did very badly and proved incompetency quickly. Were you the kind of student from the kind of school that would indicate the former or the latter?

    No one should care about SATA in the least. Get one question in that format or half the total count in that format, means zilch. Just a format. As is drag and drop and so on. Useless to count or even pay attention to it.

    Sometimes word questions will carry the same recognition of knowledge as a math formula that is spelled out. If you got something right because you understood the science/math behind it, you didn't need a different format to tell the computer that. It knows what to ask you.

    My guess is congratulations are in order! :-)

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    Quote from Kratoswife
    No it means failed.

    I put in correct and incorrect card information. They both said the same thing. "Our order indicates that you....."
    Should have also mentioned that in your case, PV did not attempt to charge your card in the first place so of course you got the same message either way. MOST of the time, the software will refuse to accept a new registration for a test that has just been passed. But nothing is perfect and sometimes a card charge IS made (or attempted to be made if you provide bad info) and if that happens the person submitting is SOL because they've violated the TOS anyway and agreed to not get a refund. Silly isn't it?