I am down in the dumps. I just failed my 3rd nclex about a month ago.
Graduated last May 2011 with 3.6 GPA. Tutored my friends throughout nursing school and they passed, but I have not. Got into a new grad program, but was terminated when I failed the nclex. Talk about a double wammie.
I am confused, down, discouraged, frustrated, and my emotions are a rollercoaster. I keep telling myself to get back into study gear before I forget what I have learned, but some of the times I sit here, at the computer, with my practice questions..... my heart just sinks due to discouragement.
I know I must take it again, but my confidence is sinking.
I just reapplied for my 4th attempt. Still waiting for my ATT. I spent about $1200 on nclex fees alone. Not including training course.
What am I doing wrong?
My 1st results were one above passing, the rest are near and below passing.
My 2nd results were 2 above passing, and the rest are near and below passing.
My 3rd results were all near passing and two below passing.
All three times I did Kaplan. The third time the questions on the nclex did seems different and more challenging. I got the "on hold" pop up after doing the pearson trick, but 3 days later got the credit card
Prior to my third nclex, my study session is 3 months worth.
1st month, studied 3-4 days a week, 4-6 hrs per day.
2nd month, bunked it up to 4-5 days per week, 6-8 hrs per day.
3rd month or a month before the test, 5-6 days per week, 8-10 hrs per day.
I did Saunders studied the hard copy book from cover to cover, did the questions at the end of the chapter, and about 1000 q in the CD. Scores are in the 80%'s. This iwas my base for content.
I did Kaplan all the qtrainers, scoring 60-68%. This was for critical thinking.
I did PDA, all the chapters, twice. Scores in the 70%'s. This was for critical thinking.
I glimpsed over cram exam, and did the questions in the CD. More study questions.
I did the allnurses tips of tricks (ie: spiderman, down down up down, etc).
I did the infection control info.
I did HURST review book and audio.
AND the Feuer audio - listened to it twice.
I got the resources, I think. I scored well on the practice question....
What am I doing wrong?
Any word of advice is appreciated and thank you in advance!