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Failed NCLEX PN twice

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by kaitlyn kaitlyn (New) New Student

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I, unfortunately, have failed my NCLEX PN twice and am feeling extremely discouraged, depressed, angry, hopeless, worthless.. you name it, I am feeling it. I used Kaplan as a study tool only because it was paid for through my college tuition and we had been using it throughout nursing school to take exams and whatnot. First time I failed at 178 questions and the second time (during the COVID change) I took the max of 130 questions. I felt better the second time around and my results showed that I was closer to passing than the first time. I am just feeling extremely discouraged, I don't know where to go from here but I am in no way, shape or form giving up. I refuse to give up now. I will pass it no matter how many times it takes me. 

I have seen recommendations for UWorld, which I think I am going to purchase the program and use that as a study tool. I am just not a good test taker, I never have been. Any other recommendations for study tools that you believe really helped you? 

I'm also looking for advice and recommendations on how to get myself out of this rut. I just feel like I am in a bad place right now from failing twice. What motivated you to get your *** together and pass this test? I am seriously looking for anything, any sort of help. I have been feeling extremely alone and in my head. Reading posts on here from others who are in the same boat as I am has made me feel less alone. I am just struggling and I am finally in a place to admit it and am looking for help. 

Thank you in advance for any replies, advice, tips.. anything! Thank you. 

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I am not much help as I am a BSN student and haven't taken the NCLEX yet (I have no idea what its like to actually sit for the test and I'm not familiar with materials used for the PN and if or how they are different).  I just wanted to offer you encouragement and tell you not to give up.  You have made it this far - its too late to quit now!!    

The one thing that has helped me better prepare is to accept who I am.  I know - sounds odd.  I wake up everyday and try to study.  I spend the majority of every day repeating the same horrible story.  Wake up, can't think, do terrible on questions (I'm a question and rationale reader - that's how I learn best) continue to do terrible, fake my way through the day, get to 9pm and lightbulbs come on.  I literally do the best studying between 9pm and 3am.  This week I have been more accepting of myself and my limitations and I have stopped studying before noon.  I haven't gone so far as to not bother to study before 9pm (I'm working on that), but realizing that forcing myself to study and not be productive is not really helping me.  

Giving myself grace is helping tremendously.  I also made sure to book a 4pm seat for the test.  I am NOT a morning person (as evidenced by the 3am thing).  If I could take an 8pm seat - I'd be all over it.  I am also aware that I am studying with my feet up in my chair tucked under me.  This will probably play a pivotal role in how I physically sit to take the test.  Although you would like to think that little things like this don't matter - they do!! 

Sit with yourself for a little bit and think about how you study and what was different when you were testing, and what can you change?  Were your pants too tight?  Was your zipper digging into your belly?  Was your leg hair scratching your legs because you didn't shave the night before?  Are your legs dry and itchy? Did you pick at fingernail polish? Is your hair too clean and won't stay in a bun? Are your glasses dirty and you can't see through them?  Is your bra too tight and digging into your side?  

Just think about all the tiny things that distracted you and kept you from being able to concentrate.  Did you read the questions all the way?  I've recently learned to read the part right at the end of the question so I know what I'm looking for and then reread the question.  I have missed so many questions because I answered the question I thought that they asked instead of what they really asked (ie which of the following indicates that the patient needs additional teaching - and I'd see the first answer - knew it was "right" and pick the wrong thing and move on only to be surprised that I got it wrong because I didn't read).

I'm sure you know this stuff.  Figure out what is distracting you and then determine what you can do to minimize your distractions.  

You can do this!

Edited by bitter_betsy

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Before you try UWorld - check out Archer Review.  They have a PN as well and it looks EXACTLY like UWorld - its just a lot cheaper.  Right now its free for 15 days and then $15 for 2 months I think.  Have a look!!

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CP2016 has 4 years experience.

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I know NCLEX is expensive as is, but I highly recommend ATI. I know some people aren’t crazy about ATI. I wasn’t crazy about it in school. It made me want to smash my head against the wall. BUT, I never would have passed my NCLEX-PN without it. It was so close to what I actually saw on the NCLEX. Good luck, don’t give up!

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Ljill74 is a CNA, LPN and specializes in SUBACUTE CNA..

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@kaitlyn I am in the same boat. All the emotions and feelings right now. I took my test on Tuesday, and found out I failed this morning. I’m so depressed about it because this isn’t my first time around. I’m going to get back to studying this weekend though. Because I just wanna be done with this dang test. I studied so hard this time and really felt like I was ready... I kept telling myself you can do this, you’re and will be an Lvn... and well, I’m sure one day it’ll happen, I’m just praying soon. 😭

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