I failed the nclex

  1. Hi all,

    I just found out this morning that I failed the nclex-rn at 186 questions. I have never felt more humiliated and embarassed than I do right now. I had to call my family and tell them the bad news and they were all in complete shock. I also had to call the hospital where I was already hired and tell them that I did not pass.
    I knew the nclex would be extremely difficult and I studied for about 3 weeks by reading the saunders book front to back. I also took all of the tests after each chapter. I also read the kaplan book and took the book and cd quiz. Now I have to wait 90 days to retake it.
    I passed nursing school with flying colors and was known as a great test taker. I had all A's and B's and graduated with a 3.6 gpa. Many of my friends who did not get great grades passed the nclex.
    I would just like some encouragement and advice from anyone! I feel like this is the lowest point I have ever been at in my life. I have never failed at anything. I have no idea how I am suppose to take it again and actually pass.....please help!!

    Thanks,

    Kayla
    Last edit by kaylaf_24 on Oct 5, '07
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   Matilda50
    i would check the sticky at top of thread new revised first tip of suzanne's plan. i am using it i will be taking it a 3x in oct. keep your head and have faith , believe and you will succeed. we never know why god puts us in theses situations but, know he knows what should happen in our future that we will never know because if we did everything would be easy. stay strong for yourself and your spirit.
  4. by   kaylaf_24
    Thanks for the advice! I saw suzanne's plan, I just wasn't sure if that would be for me since I used the saunder's book to study for last time. How is her study plan going? Do you like it? I was actually thinking of picking up the kaplan course......
  5. by   soon2pass
    Take it from one who knows! I truly understand how you feel. I am now at my 3rd attempt, and don't know how to approach it. Wait until you get your results back to read the performance appraisal to see where you fell short. Many of the reviews are structured to teach you strategies of passing the nclex. If your problem is content, then these reviews won't help you.

    Don't be so hard on yourself, it has happened to many, you right now probably feel like you are the only one, trust me, you're not! There were many before you and there will be many after you. Don't however look at the NCLEX as if it is just another test, because it is far from that. You have to train you mind to "read between the lines." Often times, the answer is not just sitting in front of you and you pick the right one. This test is structured differently. You have to know content, but you have to know test taking strategies as well.

    Have you looked into any review options? I am currently enrolled in NCSBN, and just enrolled in Hurst Review online to refresh content and stratagies. I also earned good grades in nursing school, so failing the NCLEX twice was like a slap in the face!! Try not to focus on the embarrassment and frustration of failing, just remember, many people have no idea of what you're faced with in taking NCLEX!! Good Luck!!
  6. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from kaylaf_24
    Thanks for the advice! I saw suzanne's plan, I just wasn't sure if that would be for me since I used the saunder's book to study for last time. How is her study plan going? Do you like it? I was actually thinking of picking up the kaplan course......
    You need to stick to ONE thing. When I contacted Suzanne for her program, I was enrolled in Kaplan. She adviced me to stick to one thing and make sure to follow it EXACTLY as she wrote it. I finished Kaplan and found it useless for me. I cannot understand the tree etc. I then finished Suzanne's part 1 and proceeded with part 2. I took HESI 9/4/07, passed with flying colors. I began working as a nurse extern and took boards yesterday 10/4/07-found out today I passed with 75 questions. What is scarier is that I found the test wickedly easy after question 50 and was convinced I had failed........but I was wrong.

    I highly suggest her plan. When you sit for your exam, nothing will shock you as Saunder's covers pretty much everything.

    You need to make the time needed to complete the program and stick to it.

    Good luck!
  7. by   nurdarby
    i truly understand how you are feeling. i found out sunday that i failed. my heart dropped and i felt as if things were over. i cried for many hours. i thank god for the wonder support system that i have. i have encounter many nurses who didn't pass the first time. a co-worker of mind told me that their people who would to be in my shoes and only have to take a test to become a registered nurse.

    it doesn't seem fair but everything happens for a reason. you must kept you faith and never stop believing. when you have god there is nothing to big.

    good luck to you. god bless you.
    Last edit by nurdarby on Oct 5, '07
  8. by   kaylaf_24
    Thanks for the advice...I think I might need to work on my content a little bit. Was Kaplan all strategy or was there also content invovled? Just trying to figure out where to start again.
  9. by   Leahr
    I dont think reading helped me that much. The director at the SON that I attended gave me the best piece of advice "your not going to pass NCLEX by sitting in a chair reading, your going to pass by doing a lot NCLEX type questions at a computer." I also took a review class in Chicago by Dr. Nieves Martin.
  10. by   kaylaf_24
    Quote from littlehotcoco
    i truly understand how you are feeling. i found out sunday that i failed. my heart dropped and i felt as if things were over. i cried for many hours. i thank god for the wonder support system that i have. i have encounter many nurses who didn't pass the first time. a co-worker of mind told me that their people who would to be in my shoes and only have to take a test to become a registered nurse.

    it doesn't seem fair but everything happens for a reason. you must kept you faith and never stop believing. when you have god there is nothing to big.

    good luck to you. god bless you.

    you are right littlehotcocoa i must keep my faith. i need to move on and study for my next test in 90 days. i do have a ton of faith in god and i know that things do happen for a reason. thank you so much for your kind words. i pray that both of us will pass the next time arround!
  11. by   nurdarby
    Quote from kaylaf_24
    You are right littlehotcocoa I must keep my faith. I need to move on and study for my next test in 90 days. I do have a ton of faith in God and I know that things do happen for a reason. Thank you so much for your kind words. I pray that both of us will pass the next time arround!
    We have to learn how to lift each other up. You will have to take a couple days to get your emotions together then start at it again. I will also keep you in my pray.
  12. by   kaylaf_24
    Also, I am from Colorado and I am unable to find out what I need to do in order to retake the nclex. I'm pretty sure that I have to wait 90 days to reapply to take it but, I am completely lost right now. Help!!
  13. by   tlk84
    hi kayla,
    i also just found out today that i didn't pass and I am from Colorado. You and I are in the same boat. We just have to hang in there and we will pass it the second time. I also haven't decided which review I am going to use I was thinking either Kaplan or Suzanne's plan. I have heard a lot of good things about her plan. I just don't know I am completely devistated right now as I am sure you are too. Also is it really 90 days before we can retake it. I heard 45 but I could be wrong. anyway just wanted to let you know that my sister and I are in the same boat and we should all stick together. Hang in there
  14. by   kaylaf_24
    Quote from tlk84
    hi kayla,
    i also just found out today that i didn't pass and I am from Colorado. You and I are in the same boat. We just have to hang in there and we will pass it the second time. I also haven't decided which review I am going to use I was thinking either Kaplan or Suzanne's plan. I have heard a lot of good things about her plan. I just don't know I am completely devistated right now as I am sure you are too. Also is it really 90 days before we can retake it. I heard 45 but I could be wrong. anyway just wanted to let you know that my sister and I are in the same boat and we should all stick together. Hang in there
    Sorry, to hear that you or your sister did not pass either! Colorado sucks!! just kidding...I'm also trying to figure out what to do now. In the back of the Kaplan book it says that you have to wait 90 days in order to be elligible to take the test in colorado again. That means you completely reapply to the SBON and they will not issue you an ATT until the 90 days is up. Then you have to pay again on pearsonvue.com.
    I am also thinking of doing suzanne's plan and/or Kaplan also. I have heard many great things about kaplan. The only classes they are offering right now in CO are in december and january.
    I am definitley devastated right now, but I am trying to be positive as hard as it is. I have recieved lots of great advide from the wonderful people online. It definitely isn't the end of the world but it sure feels like it! Let's stick together and encourage one another through this trial. I do have hope and I believe that we will pass the 2nd time around!!

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