Preparing to take the NCLEX can be a scary thing; the thought of failing is even scarier! I failed my first attempt, but I survived!! Now I'm an RN after my 2nd attempt! It was very hard to take ownership of my failure, but I had a pretty good idea of what went wrong. I was determined to persevere and conquer the NCLEX on my 2nd attempt. Even after failing, I was confident I would still make an excellent nurse. I convinced myself not to allow it to define my abilities as a nurse.