Help! Failed NCLEX five times, out of school for 9 years - page 7

Hello Everyone, I am new to allnurses.com. 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... Read More

  1. by   applesxoranges
    To be honest, nurses forget things fairly quickly after they become "specialized." Art lines? God, it was fun setting one up the other day because we don't use them. Trying to remember the quick rule to calculate due dates? Is it minus 3 months and add a week from LMP? I don't know, our EMR calculates it. Heck, we implemented a sepsis protocol a year ago.


    In a rural ER, they seemed shocked when I asked how they mix vanco at night when there is no pharmacy because apparently it's just 1 gram for everyone instead of weight based. Although I learned another mix of the STI cocktail is Flagyl 2 grams PO. Sounds scary to take. We normally ship people with a flagyl script.

    I can't imagine trying to pass NCLEX two years after graduating and not working as a nurse. I wouldn't pass. Not to mention I think they've stuck EKG strips on and a lot of nurses I know have trouble with basic EKGs.
  2. by   Teresacastillo
    Wow this sounds just like my story !! Please write an update I need to know what ur current status is ??ii graduated 9 years ago and with all my heart all I have ever wanted was to be a nurse since I was 16 years old !!!!!!! I have five children and 4 grandchildren. I attempted the NCLEX 4 times and each time a disaster !! I have just submitted another application to request an ATT!! I have been nail bitting since I mailed it out and now I sit waiting in fear they will not allow me to retake it due to the time that has lapsed !!! I will literally die, you may has well put me under a rock if I am not allowed to retake the boards.... and if that school was a waste of time.after all those years of sacrifices and putting my family through what I did, how we all sacrificed day after day until I finally graduated then I fail!!!! I have terrible text anxiety and the boards are more stressful then any text therefore my anxiety was sky high!! Second guessing myself all the way through... mostly believing they are tricking me it can't be this easy ??? Then I switch my answer, . after the last fail I gave up and feel into a state of depression. Lately, I was unable to think straight and finally resubmitted an application bc this is my reason for depression!! I am not able to move on until I pass!!! I am quite aware of how hard it is to get a job I will tackle that issue when I pass bc to be honest I don't care how or where I work what I want is to be labeled as a registered Nurse it is what I have always wanted I even want it on my grave stone!!!!!! I love my family dearly more than words can discribed but a nurse is what I have dreamt to be far before ever imaginaing a family with all the children god has blessed me with!! But this can not be my only reason for living? It just can't be!! I have refused to work for the past 10 years, take on only none obligating jobs temp/ short term, my husband has been very supportive in this regard, nonetheless, he now needs assistance... I have refused bc I only want to work as a RN!!!!!!!! I kept feeling if I start to work outside of a nurse I will never get out! I will become obligated I will stay there and never get out! does anyone now if I can still b allowed to take the boards in California and not have to re do my schooling ??? I will just die!!! If I have to.. and if I am allowed to take it should I go the Kaplan way??? I will pay for the big package in class 30 day and online questionnaires????? Please help anyone who has been in a similar situation??? Missed up and desperate....
  3. by   Teresacastillo
    Just to respond to those of you who were not attempting to be mean but commented on the length of time and whether or not one can retain information and or even bea good nurse because of the time lapse, well every person learns and retains information differently, I have extreme test anxiety which I managed through my nursing program refused assistance thinking it would help me when I finally take the boards, it did not, and anxiety kept me from passing, second guessing and all. But the information has stayed with me as if it was only months ago I graduated and when ever I sit and review nursing question it all comes right back to me amazingly as if it was yesterday !!! But if it were the actual boards I would have stumbled over myself!!! So, what I am writing is we are all I. Different situation and some ppl have learned the information long term yet suffer from test anxiety and I do t k ow what to ask the boards I am not handicap?? So I take the boards like anyone else would I do not ask for special needs ? And I fail and stress and fall into depression because I have helped so many ppl pass the boards yet I am unable to pass myself !!
  4. by   Nursegurl01
    Hello cpmom! May I asked if you ever chose Kaplan or another type of review course that has helped you?? I have taken my exam 4 times and seriously feel like giving up. Please let me know if anything helped?
  5. by   adammRN
    Dang... 7 year old thread but I guess it's popular so here we go:

    To all those trying and trying over and over, taking so many tries to pass - ask yourselves; if you were in a hospital, would you want a RN that couldn't pass the test on multiple attempts? Yes of course it sucks to go through all that schooling to not be able to get the license, but surely there must have been signs along the way.

    The NCLEX-RN® Exam. The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam) has one purpose: To determine if it's safe for you to begin practice as an entry-level nurse. It is significantly different from any test that you took in nursing school.
    If you can't handle a 75 general knowledge/judgement test questions, should you be entrusted to handle other's lives? After 2-3 attempts, spamming away at questions is not likely going to help!
  6. by   mscainglet1118
    I'm also on the same boat as you. I took nclex-RN back in 2009 but didn't pass the two tests. On a third attempt, Ca BRN required my clinical experiences from the Philippines. I give up taking it but still thinking about it until now while working as Lab Asst in a correctional facility.
  7. by   sraj
    That comment has to be one of the most saddest things I have ever read on this site. How professional is that? You are a RN/LCSW, really? I think getting facts straight about the 3 chances would be a good start and second thing how can anyone judge another person by making a statement like that?
    Our profession teaches us to show compassion and understanding, being mindful of words so where did that go?
  8. by   Male2017RN
    I just passed a few months ago and I only did HURST online to pass in 75 questions. Its a great review and I feel it really dumbed it down for me in areas I needed it to.
  9. by   lyn143
    I graduate of my LPN 2012. Take the exam 3 times I failed. I took a refresh class and took 2 times failed. I give up after the last exam and I failed. i want to be a nurse . I don't know what do i have to do . I want to do take the test again for the last time. Any advice and help. I appreciate it. I am from Michigan. in Michigan you can take only 3 times after that if you still did not passed. You will take a refresh ,and give you another 3 times to take.


    lyn143
  10. by   amoLucia
    to lyn - if you haven't passed your NCLEX test, you are not yet a nurse, be it RN or LPN. Therefore you really should not be signing LPN in your user name.

    Sorry that you're having such a difficult time. Have you tried any of the review/prep courses to help you study?

    Good luck to you.
  11. by   ProperlySeasoned
    Lyn - Your post indicates you may be a non native speaker (though I clearly understand what you are saying). Do you think you may be struggling with the language aspect of the test, rather than content? If so, considering working on reading comprehension in addition to basic nursing. NCLEX questions can hinge on a word or two, and even native speakers frequently misread questions.
  12. by   Workitinurfava
    5 times means the info is going right over your head, figure out why this is. Maybe you need to redo the program. Is it test anxiety, maybe you know the info but can't think of it for the test?

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