Failed the NCLEX - page 4

Hello everyone, I see so many posts on people passing the boards their first try but unfortunately, I am one who didn't. I know I am not alone but I wanted to hear from anyone who may have had... Read More

  1. by   ohmeowzer RN
    go for the kaplan course and online q bank and q trainer.. i took them and was surprised how close the kaplan questions were to NCLEX RN , if i can do it you can too. my prayers are with you.
    take care
    bethany
  2. by   christinad2007
    just wanted to let you know, you're not alone.

    i just recently graduated in may '07. came home, relaxed for a week, then started studying hardcore (about 2 hours a day or more) and took a review class in preparation for the nclex. i thought i did everything right...i wasn't anxious in the test at all. i left thinking...yeah, that was hard, but who doesn't think it's hard?

    much to my surprise, i failed. actually, i just found out yesterday. i graduated nursing school with a 3.4 gpa, in the international honor society for nursing, and without a failing test grade in years. i was/still am shocked.

    a few of my close friends have failed this summer as well.

    what i've realized is that although the nclex tests important topics related to nursing, it doesn't at all measure some of the most crucial characteristics that make a good nurse. maybe i don't know the physiology of diseases inside and out, but i'm able to walk into a patient's room and instantly know by their facial expression if something is wrong. i'm a good talker and listener, all qualities that make a good nurse. unfortunately, the test doesn't measure this. it measures a small percentage of what will make you successful.

    i'm surprised i'm able to pull myself together this quickly (i haven't even had the news for 48 hours yet) but it's just faith that all the hard work will eventually pay off. i plan on getting my report from the state, fixing the parts i don't know well, and doing everything i possibly can to keep my psychological health well.

    good luck to you, i'm sure we'll both do fine the second time around...
  3. by   pirituba
    Hi jacel,
    I had many panic attack when I studie. On the of my test, I arrived at the site without the ATT form. I freaked out, so the secretary to go printout on staples across the street. It was not that easy, first the internet was slow, 2nd could not going to the comcast site, 3rd once I got in my email could not open the attachement. So I call the # and had them send me another. By the time I printed it out I was mess and I think was having a panic attack. I set down took deep breaths and was read I begin the test. I passed NCLEX w/ 75. So if I can bring myself out of a panic attack you can do as well. Don't give up!:spin:
  4. by   bluekitten
    well.. I just found out I failed.. Its not like i havent studied. I took the review course, i studied but the stupid computer did something i never could have thought.
    it asked me a question I definately have no idea about. probably i got it wrong then it gave me at least 7, 8 questions in a row from the same exact subject. also i guess the half of the test was meds. most of them were the ones that i never ever heard of. besides, no peds, no matern. , no dosing.
    it kicked me out on 75, i mean, i was an A student in college, its just unfair. :angryfire
  5. by   smiles04
    Quote from JacelRN
    Hello everyone,

    I see so many posts on people passing the boards their first try but unfortunately, I am one who didn't. I know I am not alone but I wanted to hear from anyone who may have had similar problems with anxiety in taking the NCLEX. I know for me I pushed myself way too soon to take the test after graduating, getting married, honeymooning and taking the test the following week.

    After about question 88 I had a panic attack and my pulse started racing. I never recovered and the computer shut off at 155 questions. I had no idea how I did until today.

    I plan on taking Kaplan's online course as my second prep class and hope it helps better than the first course I took.

    So if anyone has any words of wisdom for me, I would appreciate it.

    Here's to Abraham Lincoln who never gave up and neither will I.

    Jacel
    Don't worry you will SUCCEED. Kaplain is great. I took it and it helped me to know my weaknesses. I new my 3rd semester maternal child was lacking because I had issues in life at that time. just scooted through that semester. thanks to kaplain It was in black and white for me. youll do fine. Calm down relax. Getting married and all that other good stuff was probably too much on your plate. We all learn and grow make mistakes and go on. Dont let any nurse ever make you feel inferior or bad over this. by the way once your job Id tag says RN no one knows but you right. You go for it and make it count. Get two separate nclex review books with different questions. ALSO remember to think like a nurse you know deligate prioritize know what to do first. There are always two right answers you just got to know which one the people writting the test would do first that was a joke....

    GOOD UCK YOULL BE FINE Stop thinking of what happen now and focus on your goal and do it. I know you can. do you? smile
  6. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Quote from JacelRN
    Thank you everyone for the kind words and encouragement.

    I have a renewed sense of hope that this happened for reasons I don't know now, but I will eventually understand later. Perhaps with apprehension, I was rushed to be a nurse and with 3 months of working as a graduate nurse, I will feel more confident, more at ease and more like I am able to handle what nursing requires of me.

    It is stories of those nurses who did fail their first attempts and went on to greater things that I need to hear. In fact, one of my favorite professors had the same thing happen to her and she is the finest nurse I know.

    Thank you again and I will definitely keep you posted.

    Jacel
    Actually I found out that our charge nurse actually failed the NCLEX the first time she took it...it doesn't matter, because the NCLEX does not say what type of nursing you will be but a hoop you need to jump through to get your license. This nurse is one I have great respect for!
  7. by   RNroseshea
    Quote from christinad2007
    just wanted to let you know, you're not alone.

    i just recently graduated in may '07. came home, relaxed for a week, then started studying hardcore (about 2 hours a day or more) and took a review class in preparation for the nclex. i thought i did everything right...i wasn't anxious in the test at all. i left thinking...yeah, that was hard, but who doesn't think it's hard?

    much to my surprise, i failed. actually, i just found out yesterday. i graduated nursing school with a 3.4 gpa, in the international honor society for nursing, and without a failing test grade in years. i was/still am shocked.

    a few of my close friends have failed this summer as well.

    what i've realized is that although the nclex tests important topics related to nursing, it doesn't at all measure some of the most crucial characteristics that make a good nurse. maybe i don't know the physiology of diseases inside and out, but i'm able to walk into a patient's room and instantly know by their facial expression if something is wrong. i'm a good talker and listener, all qualities that make a good nurse. unfortunately, the test doesn't measure this. it measures a small percentage of what will make you successful.

    i'm surprised i'm able to pull myself together this quickly (i haven't even had the news for 48 hours yet) but it's just faith that all the hard work will eventually pay off. i plan on getting my report from the state, fixing the parts i don't know well, and doing everything i possibly can to keep my psychological health well.

    good luck to you, i'm sure we'll both do fine the second time around...
    good luck to you, i am in the same situation but with positivity and more hard work we will get through this..my prayers go out to you!
  8. by   RN4Nascar
    I retake mine in a few weeks!! Hang in there, I knew what I did wrong, I didnt go back to review the CONTENT I got wrong on my practice questions I did while studying the first time. Now, I save things I get wrong, review them, go over them, do questions, and this time around...I am more consistent and getting a whole lot more right.
    Hang in there..We're all going to do this!!!
  9. by   HNSUGXG
    I have failed it 2x and still have faith. I am following sticky New Revised tip Suzanne plan under the Nclex discussion at the top of the thread. I have heard alot of good things about her plan one book and cd. check it out.
  10. by   LV_ORnurse
    i just found out i did not pass the test. i know i studied, but i think i may have overstudied that what i was startifn to do was memorizing the questions and the answers and did not fully understand what the question was asking and what the answers were. i took kaplan and they did help me review, but i need help on my test taking strategies. not sure where to go from here. saunders? kaplan, again? suzanne's plan? ncsbn course? help!!!!!!!!!!!:uhoh21::smackingf the icons explains how i feel!!!!!
  11. by   meehshell
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  12. by   meehshell
    i found out i failed the exam about 3 weeks ago, and i am still pulling myself off the ground from disappointment. it is just so hard to find that sense of positivity after investing so much time studying and finding out that i have failed... although after reading everyone's words of encouragement and shedding a light in the whole ordeal i am slowly but surely opening up my books once again to start reviewing. thank you all for being so positive, i think that is the main aspect i need to work on with myself.
  13. by   LV_ORnurse
    hang in there meeshell. only you know that you did your best. take your time reviewing. that's what i'm doing. look over what you need to do when you got your candiate performance review. i feel a bit better because i almost passed, except for psych, whici i fell below the standard level of passing. i'm starting with the basics and incorporate what i've learned from kaplan. hand inthere. there's a ot of support in this website. and pray and believe in yourself. that's what i'm doing.

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