Help! Failed NCLEX five times, out of school for 9 years - page 2

Hello Everyone, I am new to A very long story short: I graduated RN school in May 2001. I have taken the NCLEX five times and was unsuccessful. I had tried everything I knew to do and still couldn't do it. I... Read More

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    Have you ever been tested for dyslexia? A friend of mine failed the boards several times. She is very smart and it didn't make sense. Finally, she found out she had a mild form of dyslexia that was just enough to confuse her with test questions. Once she learned how to compensate for it, she took the Boards and passed.

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    Best advice I can give is to get review book or beg, borrow as many as you can. Go thru questions and read rationale.. Test is basically what they taught you to do not what actual nurses do!! This is quite important especially if you are in health care already. Real life does not exist on the test! Answer they way your teacher would have wanted you to answer. 2 answers you can usually rule out right off the bat so then it is down to 2 possible answer. do not change answers after you have picked one. I took the test back when it was in a big city, for 2 whole days and tons of questions. You had 4 parts , one each am, one each pm. They let you out for lunch, no one could eat but you could call an RN friend for support or to ask a question as your exam was already in..sometimes certain questions will stick in your mind and they bug you. I do not think exam now is easier but 16 hrs taking something like this that controls your future was very stressful, and we actually got scores not pass/fail, and had to wait over 2 months to get results!
    Do refresher class if you can afford it, if not study the books, questions, study with someone who has passed it. Good Luck and if you have test anxiety take a class on test taking at community college.
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    did the board of nursing give u a hard time? What state r u n ?
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    Texas passed a new rule that allows foreign nurse graduates and nurses that have failed NCLEX PN or RN to take a Refresher Program that includes clinicals. I think this is a great step in the right direction as you get to not only review didactic Physical Assessment, Pharmacology, Documentation, Jurisprudence, etc and do a question review course like Kaplan, Hurst or others out there but, you combine the knowledge with clinicals and pull it together. This really should increase your chance of passing as well as make you more employable because, you will have recent clinical experience. You can google Texas Nurse Refresher Programs or contact me through email for more info. Good luck to those of you trying again. I think the key is the study time put into it.
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    I was out of nursing school for 1 year and a half. I took 2 NCLEX review courses before taking boards for the first time.

    1) Hurst - They do a great job minimizing the memorization needed and helping all the topics flow together and easier to understand.

    2)Kaplan - Really helps you in HOW you answer the NCLEX questions.

    ALSO, Depending on which NCLEX professor you get. I had an AWESOME one. Some don't tho... My Kaplan instructor used to literally RUN the NYC Children's hospital before moving the Los Angeles. Apparently she gave tips other Kaplan professors did not.

    I took both. Followed their instructions. & when Kaplan says answer 1200+ questions. You answer all of them. Close to my 2 year mark after nursing school I studied for about month of what Hurst and Kaplan taught me and i passed on the first try.

    You can do it too! =) Good luck!
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    does anyone know how long your eligiblity lasts before it expires? i took my nclex here in FL and ATT expired today Dec.13 2010.. how fast before i can re apply again?? tnx!!
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    Hi cpmom...I noticed you posted this early last year, and not sure if you are still looking for advice. But i have taken the nclex several times as well. I felt like giving up at times, but persevered and finally passed it. I believe you will as well as long as you dont give up and do whatever it takes to help you pass. I found kaplan and the saunders review book to be very helpful. The cd included in the saunders review book is very helpful as well. Like others have mentioned focus on the rationales. In the saunders as well it gives not only rationale but strategies on how to answer the questions.

    Good luck with everything.
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    Yes, thanks you so much bebot...Thanks alot for your support. I am seriously trying hard to pass NCLEX this time. I will going to sit again in february. Now i m studying...Saunder, Mobsy, Incredibly and etc... as much as I can. I really want to pass..because I want to migrate to North Carolina where my husband stays. I am very nervous to sit exam and this exam is really driving me crazy ....

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    HURST Review!!! teaches you how to take the test and learn material. Its a short online program or 3 day sit in class. Loved it passed first time.
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    Took me 4 times to pass. I have test anxiety, and question myself alot. I had to take a remediation course through florida. The best thing i ever did. I finally learned to use my critical thinking skills to decipher questions that were difficult for me. When doing practice questions, i would just answer, and move on. Finally figured out that my first choice was usually the right one. Stay with it. It took me 13 years. I graduated from my nursing program in 1997.
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