I have to admit that at one point I thought I might as well look into another career because I felt so dumb and always unprepared but things turned around for me. I graduated in May 2011 and tested the following August, 265 ?'s and 5 1/2 hours later I failed it and was devastated. That Sept. I signed up for Kaplan after a friend had passed with Kaplan and I was so excited to see my readiness test score of 72 because I knew that anything over 60 was good. I tested in January 2012 again (on my birthday of all days) and I felt so confident, I sat down with a huge smile on my face that quickly faded after the first 5 questions and again 265 ?'s and 6 hours later I failed again. This time I was heart broekn, I went in so confident and prepared and I knew I could finally pass but I let my emotions get the best of me and flat out started to cry during the test...it was pathetic really, but I knew what the outcome would be.
After taking 6 months off and not doing any studying I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. A friend of mine told me about Hurst and how it helped her so I told myself one more time, I will give it my best effort and try it one more time. I signed up for Hurst and scheduled my test to give myself a deadline. When it got close I started to panic again, I went in completely nervous and had no idea what to expect. I was shocked when I was getting questions that seemed too easy to be NCLEX worthy but as they started to get harder I knew that I was doing something right. I got 17 SATA and once the test kept going after 75 ?'s I immediately flashed back to that feeling of dreading the full 265 ? test
I took some deep breathes told myself to get comfy and after wasting 2 hours on the first 75?'s I felt rushed and stupid for taking my time to try and get more right.
Then right after a mini break down I hit next after question 81 and it went blue...I was stunned and then remembered that we get the option to take a break after 2 hours and I knew I was right at the 2 hour mark but then the exit survey came up and I was SHOCKED!!! You couldn't wipe the smile off my face, I threw my hand in the air and flipped off the computer in a "I screwed you over this time" celebratory moment and walked out feeling good. My whole point is after all the stress and struggle if you can find what works for you, anyone can pass NCLEX!! DON'T GIVE UP, don't feel like you are not worth it, and believe in yourself
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i just wanted to say thank you...I graduated in May 2011 too and I will be taking the NCLEX for the third time soon and i, just like you, felt discouraged and wanted to quit after the second time. I too considered another career choice but at 24 and being a wife and a mom starting over is not an option. Your story has really encouraged me to keep trying. In school i wasnt the best student but i did manage to get my associates in 15 months in a very rigorous program so that has to count for something. Anyhow thanks again and congratulations on passing!
JUST DON'T GIVE UP!!!!! You can do this
I wanted to give up so badly and just forget that I ever tried, but as I was thinking of what other career options might interest me I felt that nothing came close to how I felt when I was in the hospital taking care of people. This is what I want to do, this is what I love to do and I eventually told myself that I will take the test as many times as I have to, and I will hand over the money for the review materials and courses (even though it hurt and cut deep into my pockets!) because I would rather pay off my debt slowly over my lifespan while doing something that I truly love! Stay positive and I will be praying for you!! I as well was not a very good student, I often felt like I was stupid for not knowing the answer to a question in class or in clinicals but It just takes some people a little longer to get there. I actually failed out of my first med/surge class in my PN year and struggled through my RN year. I thought I was a gonner when I got a pthetic 50% on my respiratory test at the end of my RN year but managed to pull it up to a low B and graduate. We graduated so we can do this
Last edit by Lucy12784 on Oct 8, '12