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I am losing hope! I don't know what is wrong with me.

I am such a failure! :bluecry1:

UjonesRN

483 Posts

Specializes in Med/Surg n ICU.
I am losing hope! I don't know what is wrong with me.

I am such a failure! :bluecry1:

What have you been using?

Specializes in Psychiatric Nurse.

you are not a failure!!! you passed your nursing program. now you just need to pass your state boards!!!

question: when you received your results from your state boards...are you improving in any way??? if not, you may need to take a new approach towards your study process. how much time did you allow between each test? if you immediately returned within the minimum time frame, and did not change your study process, this may be the problem. as you answer questions, do you understand the rationales? when you do your practice tests, are you watching the tv, listening to the radio, etc. while you test?? remember you do not have these options when you take the "real" nclex...

you need to determine:

1 - is it a problem with your test-taking (answering questions) skills/strategies?

2 - is it a problem regarding lack of content knowledge?

3 - is it anxiety regarding the test itself (sitting for 1+ hours)?

you need to be able to answer these three questions before you move on... if you can't respond to these questions, you should not schedule to take the nclex again until you can answer them. your goal now is do determine what the problem is, work towards fixing it, study again and pass your boards.

take a week or two off. do not focus on the nclex at all. regroup and them come back with a new game plan. if possible, find new graduates or other individuals in your city/area that you can study with.

good luck!

firstyearRN

170 Posts

I'm so sorry to hear about your boards. I am sure, with a strategy alteration, you will be bound for success! So frustrating.

PA_CoffeeFreak

113 Posts

Talk to us about what you've been doing! We can help you out. Let us know what your study materials have been, what your test scores are etc.

Silverdragon102, BSN

1 Article; 39,477 Posts

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

You are not a failure, this is just a hurdle you need to pass. I would suggest you take a short break from studying and come to terms with failing. Then consider a study plan that is different to what you did before. What I found worked for me was a set time every day for study, when I was working I allocated 2 hours a day and when I wasn't working I allocated 4 hours. I did nothing but study in that time, my husband looked after the house and dogs, anyone who called or phone was seen to by him. I did approx 100 questions a day and read the rationales. I used Saunders and NCSBN and found it worked for me but you need to know what will work for you and tailor it to your needs

Best of luck

cdb6c

52 Posts

What have you been using?

ive used kaplan

cdb6c

52 Posts

you are not a failure!!! you passed your nursing program. now you just need to pass your state boards!!!

question: when you received your results from your state boards...are you improving in any way??? if not, you may need to take a new approach towards your study process. how much time did you allow between each test? if you immediately returned within the minimum time frame, and did not change your study process, this may be the problem. as you answer questions, do you understand the rationales? when you do your practice tests, are you watching the tv, listening to the radio, etc. while you test?? remember you do not have these options when you take the "real" nclex...

you need to determine:

1 - is it a problem with your test-taking (answering questions) skills/strategies?

2 - is it a problem regarding lack of content knowledge?

3 - is it anxiety regarding the test itself (sitting for 1+ hours)?

you need to be able to answer these three questions before you move on... if you can't respond to these questions, you should not schedule to take the nclex again until you can answer them. your goal now is do determine what the problem is, work towards fixing it, study again and pass your boards.

take a week or two off. do not focus on the nclex at all. regroup and them come back with a new game plan. if possible, find new graduates or other individuals in your city/area that you can study with.

good luck!

i always schedule every after 45 days. my results vary everytime... on my 4th take i had lots of above passing and this time i got evrything near passing! what am i gonna do????? do i have to master the theories? i dont know what to do!!!! i have not visited this site for a while because i am soooo frustrated!!! pls if anyone can help me!!! what is wrong with me!!!

cdb6c

52 Posts

You are not a failure, this is just a hurdle you need to pass. I would suggest you take a short break from studying and come to terms with failing. Then consider a study plan that is different to what you did before. What I found worked for me was a set time every day for study, when I was working I allocated 2 hours a day and when I wasn't working I allocated 4 hours. I did nothing but study in that time, my husband looked after the house and dogs, anyone who called or phone was seen to by him. I did approx 100 questions a day and read the rationales. I used Saunders and NCSBN and found it worked for me but you need to know what will work for you and tailor it to your needs

Best of luck

thank u so much. ill try this too!

cdb6c

52 Posts

after I received my result. i felt like the whole world dropped on me. i drank the whole bottle of liquor which I did for the first time while my daughter was still taking her nap. and when my husband got home from work, he found me lying on the floor and still crying. my husband picked me up and told me that everything would be fine. my time would come soon. i cried so hard.

until now, im still in disbelief. i failed my husband, my daughter, my whole family and even myself!!!!!

i got so disappointed that it hurts me so much to visit this site. but I know that nobody can understand me except for those who are in the same boat with me.

llg, PhD, RN

13,469 Posts

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development.
i always schedule every after 45 days. my results vary everytime... on my 4th take i had lots of above passing and this time i got evrything near passing! what am i gonna do????? do i have to master the theories? i dont know what to do!!!! i have not visited this site for a while because i am soooo frustrated!!! pls if anyone can help me!!! what is wrong with me!!!

I think smn2009 gave the best response possible -- and you don't sound ready to take advantage of that advice yet. As others have suggested, you might need to take a bit of a break before you can look at this objectively and formulate a plan that will work for you based on a good assessment of your weaknesses.

You have probably already taken a lot of people's suggestions about which book to use, which course to take, how many practice questions to do, etc. ... and those strategies have not worked for you. You need to stop taking that "scatter-gun" approach and using a variety of strategies that other people found helpful to them. You do need to stop and thoroughly assess your situation before you can move on in a productive way.

After you have taken a break ... do a serious assessment of your strengths and weaknesses. Print out a copy of sumn2009's post and refer back to it when you are emotionally ready to move on. I notice in the post quoted above that you were unable to address the points she made in her post. You are still caught up in the emotion of it (understandable) and looking for any suggestions -- when any suggestions are not what you need. That's not productive. You need a specific game plan designed to address your specific problems.

If you are unable to identify your specific areas of weakness, then I suggest you seek the help of professionals who can help diagnose your weak areas. You might go back to Kaplan and see what they offer in terms of diagnostic testing (as opposed to test preparation.) You also might want to look at other learning centers and/or community colleges to see if they can evaluate you in terms of your test-taking skills, learning disabilities, test anxiety, etc. There is also a matter of the exam content. What is the pass rate of your school? Are you sure that you were taught the content needed for the exam? If your school has a low pass rate, it might be that they did not provide you with the education you need to be successful. If that's the case, you may need to focus on learning the content rather than focusing on test-taking skills.

As I said, from your posts above, it sounds like you are still too emotionally overwhelmed to do the work you need to do to overcome this problem. That's understandable. You need to realize that and take a little time to "clear your head." Once that is done, then tackle the problem logically and systematically. Assess ... diagnose ... plan ... intervene ... evaluate. You can do it -- but you need to assess first before you start trying study strategies willy-nilly.

Good luck to you.

NaomieRN

1,853 Posts

I am sorry to hear about you not been able to pass the boards.

Try some new strategies:

See if you invest in Kaplan (ask for one on one)

Get Saunders (take a diagnostic test), that way you know the areas to focus

Do 100 to 150 questions a day (review all rationales)

Tell yourself, you can do it

Pray until something happens

Remember, if you can believe it, you can achieve it. Put God first and everything will work out.

Control your anxiety is key

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