Need advise please, failed Nclex-pn

  1. Hi Everyone, this is my first time here in the forum, Iam from the Los Angeles area. I just wanna ask advice from you guys. I recently took my first time nclex-pn last Dec.2004 and failed it , I am so frustrated and shattered, I thought I did good but the result says all the areas are "near passing" and not one single area passed. Iam not sure if I want to take retest, I feel paranoid that I will fail it again. I studied materials from Saunders, Mosby and Lippincotts and just failed it. Do you think I still have a chance? I am thinking maybe nursing is not for me, I am a very caring, responsible and hardworking person but maybe I lack "book/brain" talents, I have finished LVN school for a year and now I am still unemployed especially I didnt pass the boards. I am looking for any related job while doing my reviews at home to retake the exam who knows when, I applied for CNA but they require certification and I don't have one, I request an interim permit from board of nursing and they said I can't coz I already took an exam, I applied for caregivers, companions and home health aide but I feel $50 per 12 hour shift($4.16 /hour) is really desperate and said they need a female not male. From this point I dont know what I should do, I am thinking to change career again or maybe not, please help me with any advise, thanks guys!
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  3. by   DutchgirlRN
    DO NOT GIVE UP. If you can get through school you can get thru the NCLEX. Many great nurses have failed one or more times. Good Luck
  4. by   luilui_604
    If nursing is your passion, and if it is truly what you want to do, you will not let NCLEX get in the way of your dreams....you have worked this hard....why quit now? NCLEX does not determine your ability to provide loving care to patients, it is just a standardized exam that we must all take.....sometimes, it will take one try, two tries, or three tries to pass....but it doesn't matter as long as you get where you want to be! one of my good friends who started the nursing program with me was held behind because she failed A&P and patho and had to retake both courses......she was frustrated and scared that she wouldn't make it to the end of the program, but she was strong willed and determined because nursing was her passion.

    best of luck to you and please keep us posted.
  5. by   closatssl1
    Quote from sbed85
    Hi Everyone, this is my first time here in the forum, Iam from the Los Angeles area. I just wanna ask advice from you guys. I recently took my first time nclex-pn last Dec.2004 and failed it , I am so frustrated and shattered, I thought I did good but the result says all the areas are "near passing" and not one single area passed. Iam not sure if I want to take retest, I feel paranoid that I will fail it again. I studied materials from Saunders, Mosby and Lippincotts and just failed it. Do you think I still have a chance? I am thinking maybe nursing is not for me, I am a very caring, responsible and hardworking person but maybe I lack "book/brain" talents, I have finished LVN school for a year and now I am still unemployed especially I didnt pass the boards. I am looking for any related job while doing my reviews at home to retake the exam who knows when, I applied for CNA but they require certification and I don't have one, I request an interim permit from board of nursing and they said I can't coz I already took an exam, I applied for caregivers, companions and home health aide but I feel $50 per 12 hour shift($4.16 /hour) is really desperate and said they need a female not male. From this point I dont know what I should do, I am thinking to change career again or maybe not, please help me with any advise, thanks guys!
    You have come this far, WHY would you give up now? I am in my last semester of LVN school here in Los Angeles and I know how tough it is. I will be taking the N-Clex -pn this summer. As far as not being able to find a CNA job, I don't quite understand that? There are some CNA/Nurse Attendant jobs out there that pay up to $14-$16 hr. I don't know what area you are in, but here in Los Angeles everytime I check the L.A. Times classifieds, there is quite a few (especially Sunday's edition). Look into Kaiser permanente website. They are always hiring. And since now you know what to expect from the N-Clex, (which is much more than I know because I have not taken it), you know what area you need to concentrate on. Look into Kaplan, www.kaptest.com and maybe you might want to take their course to better prepare you for the next time you take the N-Clex. Once again WHY, WHY, WHY, would you quit now. You have completed the hardest part of nursing school, and that is not easy!!! Good luck!

    p.s. Could you e-mail me and tell me what, and how was the n-clex? What kinds of questions? Was it hard? etc.
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    I know MANY fine nurses who did not pass the first time.

    Be as positive as you can. You know what to do. Take a review course and study.
    Many take online courses now.

    Then when you pass post here so we can congratulate you.

    We may work together some night!
  7. by   Debbie_LPN
    My heart goes out to you.....I failed my first time too. And I thought, why would I want to go back and fail again?? But I did go back and I passed. I used the book "NCLEX-PN made incredibly easy". I went through all the chapters and did all of the post-tests. That helped. And you know what? I passed! All of my instructors said that it was just a case of the jitters, a lot of test-takers have it. I mean c'mon, you study all year for this one test, and the night before you can't sleep, and there's no way you want to eat a good breakfast! But don't fret! Now that u know what to expect, you will pass the next time!

    Never give up, you'll hate yourself if u do.
  8. by   Nurse20481
    If nursing is your passion you should not loose hope. I graduated a year ago also and just took my test on Jan 13 for the second time and I failed the first time. I don't think you should give up for the first time. I am also taking the LPN exam. I have a classmate that fail twice and passed the third time. I haven't recieved my result yet I will have to call the boards to check up on that.

    Good luck to you in the future!
  9. by   11:11
    Sorry to hear about your situation. It does not mean you arent a good nurse.

    I had a classmate fail the test as well as a friend in the class before mine. They both went on to pass and both work in a level two ICU ( right out of school) and are damn good nurses as you will be.

    Now go retake that test!

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  10. by   Nurse20481
    Quote from sbed85
    Hi Everyone, this is my first time here in the forum, Iam from the Los Angeles area. I just wanna ask advice from you guys. I recently took my first time nclex-pn last Dec.2004 and failed it , I am so frustrated and shattered, I thought I did good but the result says all the areas are "near passing" and not one single area passed. Iam not sure if I want to take retest, I feel paranoid that I will fail it again. I studied materials from Saunders, Mosby and Lippincotts and just failed it. Do you think I still have a chance? I am thinking maybe nursing is not for me, I am a very caring, responsible and hardworking person but maybe I lack "book/brain" talents, I have finished LVN school for a year and now I am still unemployed especially I didnt pass the boards. I am looking for any related job while doing my reviews at home to retake the exam who knows when, I applied for CNA but they require certification and I don't have one, I request an interim permit from board of nursing and they said I can't coz I already took an exam, I applied for caregivers, companions and home health aide but I feel $50 per 12 hour shift($4.16 /hour) is really desperate and said they need a female not male. From this point I dont know what I should do, I am thinking to change career again or maybe not, please help me with any advise, thanks guys!
    Hi everyone I just found out I passed my nclex-pn yesterday. I just want to tell Shed85 not to give up and keep trying. This was my second time taking it. My advice is to keep doing practice questions. That's what I did. When I tried reading the whole Saunders and Mosby's book I just couldn't get all the information in my head. It was too much information to remember so what I did was i got the Saunders note cards and read all the question and answer. I also worked a lot on the Mosby's cd.

    Good luck!
  11. by   travrn04
    Quote from sbed85
    Hi Everyone, this is my first time here in the forum, Iam from the Los Angeles area. I just wanna ask advice from you guys. I recently took my first time nclex-pn last Dec.2004 and failed it , I am so frustrated and shattered, I thought I did good but the result says all the areas are "near passing" and not one single area passed. Iam not sure if I want to take retest, I feel paranoid that I will fail it again. I studied materials from Saunders, Mosby and Lippincotts and just failed it. Do you think I still have a chance? I am thinking maybe nursing is not for me, I am a very caring, responsible and hardworking person but maybe I lack "book/brain" talents, I have finished LVN school for a year and now I am still unemployed especially I didnt pass the boards. I am looking for any related job while doing my reviews at home to retake the exam who knows when, I applied for CNA but they require certification and I don't have one, I request an interim permit from board of nursing and they said I can't coz I already took an exam, I applied for caregivers, companions and home health aide but I feel $50 per 12 hour shift($4.16 /hour) is really desperate and said they need a female not male. From this point I dont know what I should do, I am thinking to change career again or maybe not, please help me with any advise, thanks guys!


    I agree with everyone thats posted a reply....hang in there and just retake the test... some people just have a hard time taking the test but that does not mean you are not going to a be great nurse... its not always about book-learning.. i know of a group of nurses that was in honors nursing and half of the class did not pass the nclex!!! keep at it..study and do your best but do not lose hope...you will pass. i think the hardest part is behind you...you made it thru nursing school!!!!!!!!!!!!
    good luck!!!!!
  12. by   npedrena
    hello, let me tell you first and foremost...i totally feel you. like many ppl who have failed the first time, i can relate. when i read ur post i felt like i was reliving the experience. i took the boards a few months too long ago and because of the same feelings your having now...i stopped and couldn't find the motivation to review again. i haven't yet taken the exam..and am still burdened w/ the thought of failing. but im trying to get back on my feet and try it again.

    here's what i was thinking... i don't know where u live but i reside near los angeles. let's help each other out. i lack the discipline and motivation to start anew w/ the whole reviewing process. im scared and overwhelmed. i figure, by creating a group study...we will be able to encourage each other as well as get together a few times a week to review. pls let me know if your interested or maybe someone reading this might be. we could talk it over in detail. pls email me at fancytasbee@yahoo.com. pls take care...and pls don't give up.

    natasha






    Quote from sbed85
    Hi Everyone, this is my first time here in the forum, Iam from the Los Angeles area. I just wanna ask advice from you guys. I recently took my first time nclex-pn last Dec.2004 and failed it , I am so frustrated and shattered, I thought I did good but the result says all the areas are "near passing" and not one single area passed. Iam not sure if I want to take retest, I feel paranoid that I will fail it again. I studied materials from Saunders, Mosby and Lippincotts and just failed it. Do you think I still have a chance? I am thinking maybe nursing is not for me, I am a very caring, responsible and hardworking person but maybe I lack "book/brain" talents, I have finished LVN school for a year and now I am still unemployed especially I didnt pass the boards. I am looking for any related job while doing my reviews at home to retake the exam who knows when, I applied for CNA but they require certification and I don't have one, I request an interim permit from board of nursing and they said I can't coz I already took an exam, I applied for caregivers, companions and home health aide but I feel $50 per 12 hour shift($4.16 /hour) is really desperate and said they need a female not male. From this point I dont know what I should do, I am thinking to change career again or maybe not, please help me with any advise, thanks guys!
  13. by   sbed85
    Hi Natasha,

    Sorry I wasnt able to reply to your post on the allnurses website, by the way how are you, have you taken your board already? I did took mine on May 6 and its already the 20th now and still no news yet whether I pass or failed again. Im very worried, my test was ten times harder thanthe first time I took it, last time I failed in 265 questions and this time the computer stops at 96 and not really sure how I did, this is driving me crazy, I keep checkin the BON online thing but my name is not there. I just hope and pray I pass this time, dunno what to do if I fail again. Do you know if this waiting so long already a sign that you fail? Thanks for all the good thoughts and encouragement I receive from you and all the other who replied to my post, Im just keeping my fingers crossed and just hope I pass.

    Thank you all.
    Last edit by sbed85 on May 20, '05 : Reason: correction of word

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