I am not sure what your situation is, but on the VA BON
website, it states:
Licensure by Examination - Registered Nurse
If you are a recent graduate from a RN state approved nursing education program that prepared you to be a nurse and need to take the NCLEX (state board), you will need to complete the application for licensure by examination.
If one or more apply to you, please contact the Board at (804) 367-4555 for further assistance:
- You are not a recent graduate from a RN state approved nursing education program; or
- If you attended an education program outside of Virginia that did not provide a minimum of 500 hours of direct client care supervised by qualified faculty. [§18VAC90-20-120.E.]
- If you are a RN educated in a foreign country.
Since you have been out of school for 10 years, you may need a refresher course. Contact the BON for verification.
As to your study habits, are you reading the explanations in the practice test? When you take the practice tests and the NCLEX exams, what certain questions give you roadblocks? Is it the critical thinking questions? Pharm questions? Priority questions? Delegations?
If you can narrow down what type of questions give you a problem, you can work on those questions. Make sense? Know what your weaknesses are and strengthen them.
In CA, there are NCLEX tutors, I am sure VA has them too. If not, there is an abundance of study materials available for you to choose from, such as Kaplan and Saunders. Each person has their own preference for choosing one over the other. Head to the bookstore or online and pick and choose from the study books.