getting a job after failing NCLEX

  1. Hi,

    I failed the NCLEX (summer of '06) and then passed it a month ago. I am wondering if anyone's had weird questions/situations in interviews, as in, "You graduated in May and you're looking for a job in November?" I was able to answer it by telling the truth WITHOUT saying I failed (spent time with family, went on vacation, etc.) but I am wondering if anyone's had bad responses from potential employers? And what about if the recruiter/HR dept. knows you failed but the manager doesn't -- do you tell the manager when s/he asks you?

    I'm curious!
    Thanks!
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  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   BSNtobe2009
    What's wrong with telling them the truth? There are lots of nurses, TONS who don't pass on the first try, and you can use it as a positive in your interview.

    "I just wanted to make sure that I had completely passed the boards before I started looking for a job because I have heard of nurses starting jobs, going through orientation and not being able to pass the boards. I wanted to be fully licensed before seeking employment."

    There isn't anything wrong with that! In fact, they may appreciate it.
  4. by   augigi
    Why not just say "I took some time to study for the boards". How is it their business?

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