Failed nclex multiple times

  1. I can use some advice or recommendations...I graduated from a LVN to RN program about 3 years ago but the program was closed by the state of TX due to it's poor success rate. I have taken the NCLEX RN exam more than 5 times and I am uncertain what I'm doing wrong. Every time I change my study habits to see if that's the problem but I continue to be unsuccessful. I used U world, Hurst review live and online, tried Remar review, referred back to my school books and more. Each time I fail, it hurts my soul because this is something I want so badly but just can't have. I definitely won't give up but I just feel lost with no help. I feel scatter brained and just feel like I let myself down and my loved ones. I have tried to refer back to the school but no one returns calls and all these online NCLEX prep programs are expensive...I just need help you guys!
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  3. by   Ruby Vee
    You've failed the NCLEX multiple times; I would conclude that you don't know the material. The fact that your program was closed due to low success rates would seem to reinforce this. If the school has been closed, it is unlikely you will get any response from your attempts to contact them.

    Will any of the credits you've earned apply to another school? Maybe your best hope for passing the NCLEX would be to start over with a good school. I suspect that isn't what you want to hear, and I'm sorry for you. But I cannot believe that taking the NCLEX over and over is a good use of your time and money.
  4. by   Extra Pickles
    Quote from PatchAdams_LVN
    I can use some advice or recommendations...I graduated from a LVN to RN program about 3 years ago but the program was closed by the state of TX due to it's poor success rate. I have taken the NCLEX RN exam more than 5 times and I am uncertain what I'm doing wrong. Every time I change my study habits to see if that's the problem but I continue to be unsuccessful. I used U world, Hurst review live and online, tried Remar review, referred back to my school books and more. Each time I fail, it hurts my soul because this is something I want so badly but just can't have. I definitely won't give up but I just feel lost with no help. I feel scatter brained and just feel like I let myself down and my loved ones. I have tried to refer back to the school but no one returns calls and all these online NCLEX prep programs are expensive...I just need help you guys!
    What you need is a proper education to prepare you to pass this fundamental exam. Closing a school isn't a simple thing, it's not like they didn't check a box on a form and wham they are closed. If they closed because of poor NCLEX passing rates that is all you need to know regarding what you are doing wrong. You are trying to pass an exam that you are unprepared to pass.

    See if you can enroll in another program, maybe use some of the credits you earned towards another degree if they allow it, but don't be surprised if they don't. If your coursework was good enough to allow the transfer of credits it wouldn't likely have been poor enough to result in a closed school. Bite the bullet and go to a good school, one that has a high success rate for NCLEX. All you are doing now is trying to teach yourself what you don't know about nursing and frankly if that is all it took we wouldn't need good schools we'd just need a login ID for a cheap website.

    Good luck.
  5. by   PatchAdams_LVN
    Thank you for your responses and feedback... But i don't think it's the content moreso the converting into critical thinking and/ or application and analysis skills. Because my results from the test don't lead to lack of content... Any recommendations from this perspective?
  6. by   BSNbeDONE
    Quote from PatchAdams_LVN
    Thank you for your responses and feedback... But i don't think it's the content moreso the converting into critical thinking and/ or application and analysis skills. Because my results from the test don't lead to lack of content... Any recommendations from this perspective?
    With all due respect, you asked for opinions and you were given some. Your thoughts have been failing you...perhaps because you received inadequate training to influence those thoughts. As for your test results, how much of those results were a result of your guesswork instead of actual knowledge? Can you decipher between content questions and critical thinking/analytical questions?

    You're going by what the results say, but those results do not have the actual test questions provided. So a lucky guess this time without actually knowing that the answer was correct, could mean a wrong answer on your next guess.

    You need to let go of your understanding and start over because, as Extra Pickles pointed out, a nursing program is not shut down for no reason. They are pulled into a process involving probation and other requirements; and if they continually fail to meet those requirements after a specified period of time, they'll lose their accreditation and ultimately be ordered to close.

    Unfortunately, their are quite a few nurses in healthcare who mastered that guess-work approach in order to earn their degrees. It doesn't mean that they are competent enough to do the job in which they were hired to do. This includes educators. Some of them excel at testing, but fail miserably with application. It's kinda like an "I can tell you what's suppose to be done but I can't actually do it myself" type deal. This would apply to an educator that was obviously able to be taught but was unable to properly teach anyone else.

    The bottom line is that you and your fellow classmates did not receive a proper education. The numbers don't lie. We can only wonder about how many of you were given a pass through nursing school when you most likely actually failed. The schools does no justice to its students with practices such as these. There was huge media coverage recently with educators doing this in the Atlanta Public School system a couple of years ago.

    It is such a horrible situation to be in. It would be nice if programs like these were made to reimburse the charges and funding it received if the program results in more NCLEX failures than it does successes.

    Don't keep wasting your time when you could have completed an entire program from the beginning in the amount of time spent trying to pass this exam with very little understanding of what you're being tested on. If you do happen to pass this exam, I worry about what information you will be providing to your patients. Your teachers failed you. Please don't fail yourself or these vulnerable patients as well.
  7. by   jodispamodi
    NCSBN has an NCLEX review program, also I would suggest finding another school in your area and talking to an advisor there and seeing if manybe you can audit some of their courses and practicals to help you. I think there might also be review programs for RN's who haven't worked in awhile-but you have to pay for them. I would also highly suggest some how/some way finding a tutor-maybe a senior student at a nearby nursing school to tutor you. Personally I wouldn't take the NCLEX again until you've had your skill/knowledge level assessed. Did you ever take the HESI test?
  8. by   Tinkx RN
    Feuer review is great! They really go into the content you need to know for this exam and Kaplan qbank and /or u world to practice your critical thinking skills.

    I failed twice before passing and I’ve been out of school for 3 years as well, our stories are very similar but my school is still open, though I didn’t go them for help due to my prideful embarrassment. My issue was critical thinking not so much content but after being out for that long we have to admit to ourselves that we could use a refresher.

    Hope this helps! And great luck in your preparation! A little confidence will go a long way, trust me!
  9. by   muggs
    if the knowledge of the content isn't the problem I'd say stick with uworld or something similar that explains the answer with detailed rationales. You may just be a bad test taker, it happens. I am weak in that too and always look at the questions wrong, well not wrong per say but not the way they are.
  10. by   OrganizedChaos
    If the school closed due to low NCLEX score that speaks volumes. I would see if any of your classes transfer & go back to school. That’s why it’s so important to check out the NCLEX scores of the program you’re applying to.

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