So I just found out a couple of hours ago that I failed my NCLEX-RN for the third time with 265 questions. The graduated nursing school
in October of 2015 so the fact that I am not an RN by now leaves me feeling so embarrassed beyond words. I know that I am more than capable and I know that I know my material but for some reason this exam is something that I cannot overcome. When I took it for the first time in March of 2016 (I know I waited a long time after graduation I just have really bad anxiety) I knew that I was just ready, I failed around 93 questions, I flew through the exam and just did not feel like it was normal for me to have blown through it. My second time was taken 6 months later in September, I sat there for 6 hours and DID NOT COMPLETE THE TEST IN TIME, I know how crazy 6 hours and I couldn't even finish, when I realized how much time I had left and how many questions I had left (this time I knew it was taking me all the way to 265) I started to rush because I knew that running out of time was pretty much a FAIL. I failed, again, second time I was crushed but I had to hit the books, from these two times I did Kaplan, ATI, UWORLD, had a private tutor. Honestly I love UWORLD, I have probably given them thousands of dollars by now. Anyways I left 2017 go by and all I did was study, I didn't even attempt the exam in 2017 because I was too scared. Now 2018 came along and I took the exam Monday March 5th with the FLU (which I currently still have). I started the exam at 8 a.m. and finished at 11:30 a.m. completing all 265 questions. I left the exam uncertain I had no idea but most of me felt like I failed because all I've ever done was fail this exam. I checked around 10 a.m. today and saw FAIL and immediately started to cry. I felt so stupid even though I know that I have knowledge within me. I am trying my hardest not to let this get me down, I know that I am more than capable and all I want is to see the word PASS and finally be an RN. The thing I did differently this time was NOT TELL A SINGLE SOUL about my exam other than my boyfriend who I live with, this makes me feel a lot better because I don't have to tell anyone about my failure and I can just hit the books again and take it mid April (which I am going to I will not wait longer than I have to again). I am reaching out for not only support but for suggestions about which review route I should take now. I am not completely over UWORLD but I am going to just use that as doing questions here and there if I decide to tackle it again, but I wouldn't just do UWORLD alone. I am completely against doing Kaplan again I did it twice once in the classroom and once online and it just doesn't provide me with what I feel I need. I heard about HESI I heard about HURST (I am sorry if I have those two incorrect I don't know much about them) but I really am looking for help about which road of review I should go down. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LEAVE ALL THE FEEDBACK ANYONE AND EVERYONE CAN! I AM WILLING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO PASS THIS EXAM AND WILL PAY FOR ANYTHING THAT ANYONE FEELS AS THOUGH IS THE BEST PREPARATION. I am trying so hard to keep it together and not come completely crashing down. Also, I feel like where I went wrong was the put in order questions where you drag them in the box, I felt as though I had a lot of them popping up and would love to know if any reviews focus on them more than others but like I said I just want to prepare the best way possible. PLEASE HELP! and thank you for reading and listening.
- keliz (who really wants to PASS)
I definitely failed, I live in ny so I can find out within 48 hours. I did uworld and am in the 98th percentile on world, above average on pretty much everything so thats why this is so hard for me to digest because I am doing so well on everything. Wish you all the best thank you for your response. I am going to try everything I can to to pass in April. I am going to continue to do uworld because it's always great to just continue to do questions but I am definitely going to incorporate more things. I have the Saunders book but it is from a couple years ago so I definitely want to get a newer one. I am so saddened by this I did about 200 questions a day, made a notebook and would write down everything I got wrong and would read it and then would have my boyfriend quiz me on it and star the ones I didn't know and then we'd go back to them. I really thought I had it all figured out but I guess I need to just dive in a little more, maybe set aside separate hours some for just questions and some for just rationales and things I do not understand or am getting wrong. Do you think it is worth it for me to do the HESI exit exam and the study material they offer on top of uworld and a new Saunders book? I emailed someone from HESI to get more information and they said that pretty much if you pass their exit exam then you will pass the NCLEX. I just want to do everything I can and devote my life to this because this is truly my passion and I want to take the exam ASAP so that I do not let as much time go by like I did last time. Thank you all for your responses it truly means a lot. It also doesn't help that I am reading NCLEX-RN failed blogs posted by other people and reading horrible comments that people leave stating if you fail more than 3 times than you aren't good enough to be a nurse and you should decide on another career path, it's really hurtful and I am trying not to let that get to me.
Last edit by keliz24 on Mar 8
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What really helped me was changing the way I approach questions. I love TootRN videos on youtube. I also used UWorld and LaCharity Delegation, Prioritization book, and Lippencott's Alternate Format Questions. I felt those really prepared me for the exam. I started using them in my second semester. For me I also did maybe between 50-100 questions a day. I didn't bombard myself. I did however focus on the rationales for the questions I got wrong and skimmed over the ones I got right to make sure I got it right for the right reasons. I hope this helps in some way.
Last edit by Chazzie_Made_It on Mar 10
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Sorry to hear what your situation now.. Look at your exam results,see what part of the exam you're weak at.Then,by that you can categorize which questions to focus.
For me I like Kaplan premier 2017,for uworld just go by system don't add any questions,if the system got only 1 question that's its.
I like the two review materials,i found the best rationale and questions on them.
I recommend you to take your time,read and analyze your questions,if you don't get what the question is read it again until you finally understand the question,but know your time...Focus,set a time for you to review..For me,i woke up 5am that's the time I got my energy and the Q&A sink in to my brain and I had 50-75 questions/day + Kaplan test prep nclex question of the day... Review only what can u do,dont get your brain overloaded.
Pray,don't lose hope and study hard...
Last edit by EmBeeC on Mar 13