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Failed NCLEX 2x..HELP!

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I took the Kaplan review class and finished the WHOLE qbank and all the trainers, was getting high 50s, and took the NCLEX the first time and failed. I was disappointed but i had a lot of encouraging people around me so I got myself up, studied at least 3 hours a day Mon-Fri (I also work 4-5 days a week, do not have the choice of working less) , took a 2 and a half week content review course called EXCELL Nursing Review and made sure I knew all the information before retaking the exam, well I FAILED....AGAIN. I knew all the content, did everything I was suppose to do, and now I have to wait 45 days to take it over again. Now not only am I very disappointed in myself, (even though I did as much as i could have), but I am stuck. I do not know what to do. I was planning on doing the 3 week NCSBN course online (at least 30 hrs/week) but I do not know anyone who did it or if it helped. Does anyone have any suggestions? What can I do to finally become an RN? I was a good student in class, was great in clinicals, and this exam is just driving me nuts! I will schedule my exam in 45 days, but I need help on how/what to study to pass. Please help me :( I feel so hopeless.

DJAYS

Has 5 years experience.

Well for me it was a great review program to follow. I have only taken the nclex -pn once and failed so I am reviewing for my next one. The ncsbn looks just like the test...they show how in the answers they choose the answer. I tried the kaplan review but it was very long and boring I couldn't understand it myself. The review is straight to the point and you wouldn't get confused ....best of luck on the test

Hey, sorry. Cheer yourself up. Everything will work out when the time is right. Try using a company called ATI. They help a lot also. Look them up online.

I don't know if this is any help but I passed the first time and this is what I did...

I did qbank questions as mini quizzes (50 questions in one sitting) at a time. Honestly a lot of the time I didn't even do well on them BUT the key was looking at all the questions I missed and asking myself WHY I got it wrong. Knowing WHY you get a lot of the questions wrong will help tremendously.

Ask yourself the following questions:

Did I answer incorrectly because I did not know the content required to answer the question?

Did I answer incorrectly because I did not use the Decision Tree? ?

Did I answer incorrectly because I did not prioritize or put the unstable ABC patient first?

Did I answer incorrectly because I did not follow a rule of NCLEX?

Look at all of your incorrect answers and see if there is a common reason for missing the correct one.

If you see that there is a common problem, you can work on that and quickly correct it.

Lastly I only studied the content I knew were my worst subjects (OB and PEDS) and I focused on side effects of common medications. Always keep in mind that you are the nurse and nclex wants to know if you can do ASSESSMENTS.

That's basically what I did and I passed. If all fails go with your gut and don't change your answers... You passed nursing school for a reason you can do this! Good luck!

Hi NCSBN did help me. but what i decided to do was purchase the kaplan book. its called kaplan content its on amazon i got a used version for less than a dollar. the videos correspond to the book NO MATTER WHAT edition it doenst change. once you follow along, you will see your kAPLAN scores will be in the 60-70's and NOTHING below that. I did not do the NCSBN until after i finished kaplan and hurst review (which i didnt hardcore study lik ekaplan but just to re-inforce), i then proceeded to use NCSBN i went through ALL of it and printed what i absolutely did not know and or what i know i would easily forget. i studied ONLY that and my kaplan notes on what i got right/wrong and i was set to go! dont feel hopeless. its a hiccup.

Thank you Courtney! It is just difficult to do Kaplan again because I recognize most of the questions so I do not use my question answering skills anymore...I tried approaching the questions the way they taught at the Kaplan re-take seminar, but it does not work if I already know the questions/answers. I am currently trying to find something that has a bunch of questions to keep practicing my answering skills and going back to look up content I do not understand. I hope the ncsbn has many questions! I want to do 100/day at least M-F. I just am stuck on what resources to use.

I am sorry I am in the same boat with I failed my nclex for the second time I just found out today I feel so dumb and like a failure I did Kaplan online and now I have no idea where to start to study if I should invest in another only course

yedwards42, BSN, MSN

Specializes in Maternal Newborn. Has 7 years experience.

Hi - If you still have access within Kaplan - did you check out all their resources? They have content videos, strategy/decision tree, question videos, qbank/qtrainer. While I found their content videos ultra dry and boring (I used Hurst and Saunder's for content) I did find Kaplan's question videos, qtrainers/qbank very helpful! The question videos are really good in showing you how to examine the question (put it in simple terms) and evaluate and eliminate answer choices! If you didn't find Kaplan to be helpful for content (book or videos) maybe you should check out Hurst or Saunder's. Or, NCSBN.

I used several resources for NCLEX: Hurst, Kaplan, Saunder's, NCSBN and La Charity. While it's a lot, I felt I learned different things/tips/tricks with each resource that was super helpful. Hurst/Saunder's mainly for content, Kaplan for question videos and qtrainer/qbank, NCSBN content and questions - questions are excellent preparation, and La Charity for prioritization/delegation. Lastly, the 35 page study guide here on allnurses gives you a summary of what might be on NCLEX - a good resource. The infection control pneumonics are very helpful as well. Overall, knowing your core content backwards and forwards, fundamentals, infection control, medications including herbals, procedures, and priority/delegation are key for NCLEX.

Get back into the game. You can whip NCLEX the next time around!!

Hi - If you still have access within Kaplan - did you check out all their resources? They have content videos, strategy/decision tree, question videos, qbank/qtrainer. While I found their content videos ultra dry and boring (I used Hurst and Saunder's for content) I did find Kaplan's question videos, qtrainers/qbank very helpful! The question videos are really good in showing you how to examine the question (put it in simple terms) and evaluate and eliminate answer choices! If you didn't find Kaplan to be helpful for content (book or videos) maybe you should check out Hurst or Saunder's. Or, NCSBN.

I used several resources for NCLEX: Hurst, Kaplan, Saunder's, NCSBN and La Charity. While it's a lot, I felt I learned different things/tips/tricks with each resource that was super helpful. Hurst/Saunder's mainly for content, Kaplan for question videos and qtrainer/qbank, NCSBN content and questions - questions are excellent preparation, and La Charity for prioritization/delegation. Lastly, the 35 page study guide here on allnurses gives you a summary of what might be on NCLEX - a good resource. The infection control pneumonics are very helpful as well. Overall, knowing your core content backwards and forwards, fundamentals, infection control, medications including herbals, procedures, and priority/delegation are key for NCLEX.

Get back into the game. You can whip NCLEX the next time around!!

thank you

It sounds like you know the content, maybe you should consider focusing on strategies and doing as many NCLEX style questions as possible. Definitely try that Prioritization and Delegation book that everyone is raving about because 70% of my test were these type of questions.

It sounds like you know the content, maybe you should consider focusing on strategies and doing as many NCLEX style questions as possible. Definitely try that Prioritization and Delegation book that everyone is raving about because 70% of my test were these type of questions.

What book are you talking about

Hi Lovelyeve- The book is La charity PDA book (priority, delegation and assignment) 3rd edition. you can rent it from Barnes and noble. Its very good and helpful. I failed my boards and everyone recommended it so i gave it a try and my grades and thought process has changed with this book. Hope that helps :)

Hi Lovelyeve- The book is La charity PDA book (priority, delegation and assignment) 3rd edition. you can rent it from Barnes and noble. Its very good and helpful. I failed my boards and everyone recommended it so i gave it a try and my grades and thought process has changed with this book. Hope that helps :)

Thank you is the book for lvn also I heard it was for rns

I used the NCSBN, the 8 week option, and passed the NCLEX RN on the first try. I felt that the study materials were a bit tedious and opted to focus most of my attention on the bank of questions, studying the rationales afterward. I combined the NCSBN with Exam Cram and the La Charity book which I really liked for delegation and management. Even though I studied like crazy, I still went through more than 150 questions before the computer went to the blue screen. I'm sorry you have to take it over again. I have a very good friend and classmate who has failed it twice and we both had a good cry over that second one she had to take.

I used the NCSBN, the 8 week option, and passed the NCLEX RN on the first try. I felt that the study materials were a bit tedious and opted to focus most of my attention on the bank of questions, studying the rationales afterward. I combined the NCSBN with Exam Cram and the La Charity book which I really liked for delegation and management. Even though I studied like crazy, I still went through more than 150 questions before the computer went to the blue screen. I'm sorry you have to take it over again. I have a very good friend and classmate who has failed it twice and we both had a good cry over that second one she had to take.

Thank you for replying is the la charity book good for lvns? I am going to look into the ncsbn. And congrats to you for passing ur nclex :)

The book is a good one all around. Thank you for the congrats!

The book is a good one all around. Thank you for the congrats!

ThAnk you and u r welcome