Failed Boards

  1. Hello!! I am in need of direction... I took Boards last Friday and found out I FAILED, not only did I fail but I failed terribly the computer shut off at 80 questions!!

    I have been working as a GN in MI/SICU since the end of Janurary and now since I no longer have a GN license I can not enter a patient's room, can't touch a patient, I can't even transport a patient. This hurts even more because I feel like I am being punished....like I am not punishing myself enough!! Soooo now I am trying to get over the fact I have to pay another 350.00 (after my pay has been decreased in half) and the very important fact I have to retake Boards again!

    I do have somewhat of a plan. I took the Hurst review, which was awesome, but I did not have time to practice Nclex style questions before testing. The hurst has a 45 day remediation class that I plan on taking, but I need a good Nclex question practice book.
    If anyone has any words of wisdom and a book they suggest that will help with Nclex questions I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   nlsRN
    I used Lippincott's NCLEX Review. I was told to do at least 200 questions a day. Don't "beat yourself up" too much, there is no benefit to it! It's great you have plan in place. Good luck!
  4. by   AgentBeast
    NCLEX 3500/4000 is a decent program as far as questions go. You'll probably get your results in the mail in a few weeks and you can figure out from there what areas you need to focus your studies on.
  5. by   nurseprnRN
    You're not being punished, the facility is following the law. You're not licensed.

    I didn't know anyone still had the "GN" designation-- I thought that went out with NCLEX-almost-on-demand.
  6. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from GrnTea

    I didn't know anyone still had the "GN" designation-- I thought that went out with NCLEX-almost-on-demand.
    Surprising, huh? It's still the case in most States, though. At one time, even with the nearly-immediate results and near-daily testing availability, hospitals still wanted to get the GNs in the door to fill the nursing holes. So they'd hire now, deal with any failed tests later.

    I imagine that since most places have their pick of the litter, they'd also be looking for someone with a license over one that has yet to take the NCLEX.
  7. by   St_Claire
    Quote from acantrell
    Hello!! I am in need of direction... I took Boards last Friday and found out I FAILED, not only did I fail but I failed terribly the computer shut off at 80 questions!!

    I have been working as a GN in MI/SICU since the end of Janurary and now since I no longer have a GN license I can not enter a patient's room, can't touch a patient, I can't even transport a patient. This hurts even more because I feel like I am being punished....like I am not punishing myself enough!! Soooo now I am trying to get over the fact I have to pay another 350.00 (after my pay has been decreased in half) and the very important fact I have to retake Boards again!

    I do have somewhat of a plan. I took the Hurst review, which was awesome, but I did not have time to practice Nclex style questions before testing. The hurst has a 45 day remediation class that I plan on taking, but I need a good Nclex question practice book.
    If anyone has any words of wisdom and a book they suggest that will help with Nclex questions I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance!
    I'm sorry to hear you didn't pass. I do think practicing questions is key to success. Now that you have taken the test you know what you are in for. I used this site exclusively to prepare: http://nursing.slcc.edu/nclexrn3500/mainMenu.do. There are lots of SATA questions there under Alternate Format.

    You only have to pay $200 to Pearson Vue, your background check is still good.
  8. by   acantrell
    Thank you! I am getting better and trying to lift my head high and move on. I will look that book up thanks!
  9. by   acantrell
    Thank you
  10. by   acantrell
    I know, it just feels like punishment because I can't do patient care

    Thanks for the quote! I going to keep on keepin on....
  11. by   acantrell
    Thanks for the link! It looks like it will help!

    After speaking to someone at the BON they say I have to pay 150.00 to re-register.
  12. by   St_Claire
    Go to the Pearson Vue site and sign up for your test. You should only have to pay them again, the background check should still be okay.
  13. by   BolBol
    For practice questions, I recommend: PDA by LaCharity and NCSBN. NCSBN costs $50. If you can't afford it, check out PDA from a library and Kaplan strategies book which has many practice questions (& CD).
  14. by   Live.&.Learn
    Quote from GrnTea
    You're not being punished, the facility is following the law. You're not licensed.

    I didn't know anyone still had the "GN" designation-- I thought that went out with NCLEX-almost-on-demand.
    I think she was just looking for some encouragement and maybe a little direction.

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