Why do people fail the NCLEX?

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    I was wondering if anyone can comment on what they feel some of the main reasons are that students do not pass the NCLEX, (lack of,not understanding the questions, etc.)
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    The main reason is not studying well.Lack of critical thinking,and lack of practice also affects a candidate to fail
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    some didnt prepare well, and some arent used to the questions. Also, dont forget there are some who have test anxiety.
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    some may have never learned it in school...or just memorized for school and forgot it all. You could write an entire book on reasons why people fail.
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    well, after almost a year of reading the posts here, it's pretty clear that all the blame lays with the NCSBN for administering too tough a test, nursing schools (all of them) for not preparing those who failed well enough, and all study materials for not providing the correct content to study for each individual.
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    haha funny one rn and rrt if you are being sarcastic
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    lol let's hope that's sarcasm.
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    Here's my take on why people do not pass the NCLEX...and this is from my own personal experience as a nurse educator.
    • Language Barrier
    • Attended a mediocre nursing program: no overall the student is still responsible for independently making sure he or she puts in their study time...but if you experienced being a student in a program where the teachers were incompetent and did not engage their students critical thinking skills...then these students are more likely to become less successful in passing the NCLEX
    • Cramming during the nursing program: I always warn my students, if you crammed for every single test you took during school....you will have a much harder time recalling facts during your tests. Cramming definitely does not help with retention.
    • overall just a lack of discipline to study on a daily basis or no study game plan was established
    • just an overall lack of critical thinking skills and the fact that the student never was accustomed to NCLEX style or application type questioning as opposed to knowledge based questioning
    • too many distractors preventing adequate studying
    • just reading nursing textbooks instead of practicing nclex style questioning
    • waiting toooooo long to take the test. I always tell my students to strive to take their NCLEX within 3 months of graduation
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    I will approach this question another way; why would someone pass the NCLEX? Because they have learned to think like a nurse, and they have learned to do it under great stress and pressure. This takes more practice for some, and I isn't at all based solely on intelligence.
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    Many people fail because they have not prepared well. Others fail because the test questions throw them. The test is not an easy test to predict. A person can be very well prepared, yet still fail. One has to be prepared for this possibility and be persistent in their efforts.


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