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Failed 6 times in Michigan

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k2kelley k2kelley (New) New

I thought I was able to take Michigan NCLEX RN 8 times per year, however, in MI 6 times and done. All they would say is I'm not aloud to take it again in MI. They said I can take it in a different state and get endorsement to work in Mi. I live in Michigan. Any ideas of what I'm suppose to do now? 😕

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 15 years experience.

Sounds like you need to find a state that doesn't limit the number of attempts and apply for licensure there.

This part may seem harsh, but needs to be said. You need to sit down and take a good hard look at why you aren't passing, as well as evaluate your studying methods, because what you've tried isn't working. Figuring that out before your next attempt can make things more affordable as you won't keep failing and having to register. However, before doing that, you need to do some serious self-reflection and consider if nursing is really for you. NCLEX is a test of minimal competency, and continued failures statistically will lead only to more continued failures. Do you have what it takes?

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 12 years experience.

I moved your post to the NCLEX forum for more targeted feedback. And I agree with Rose Queen — I think some reflection is in order.

The NCLEX is a national exam, so you can physically take it in Michigan under the sponsorship of a different state's board of nursing.

Change your approach. Best of luck!

You can move to NY (unlimited) its a process go to NY license it will explains ( must fill a form; do 2 online videos) send your transcript to NY state too.. Its not a complicated process.. Good luck!

California is another state that allows unlimited retakes. Just find one of the states that allow this, and obtain the license from them. You can always take the exam in MI, you just have the results sent to the state where your application is active. Once you have the license, then you endorse it to MI. Not so convenient, but at least it is doable.

You can move to NY (unlimited) its a process go to NY license it will explains ( must fill a form; do 2 online videos) send your transcript to NY state too.. Its not a complicated process.. Good luck!

What? Videos? No. No one has to move to NY in order to apply for a license or watch a video. Go to the board of nursing website (department of education), give them what they want, and take the test in Michigan. Then pay for endorsement back to MI.

Some states are catching onto this though and not allowing endorsement unless you can show hours worked in whatever state you are licensed in already. Georgia is one I think, you can't get a license by endorsement unless you can show something like a thousand paid hours of nursing elsewhere. Stops people from doing what the OP is trying to do.

And I agree with the others, figure out WHY you are failing and fix it or you will continue to fail.

If it's your dream, don't give up. My co worker took it 4 times before passing. But as others mentioned, you need to figure out why you're not successful rather than waste more time and money on another exam. I heard the same songs from my cohorts who didn't pass when we took ours. "I studied for X amt of hours, etc," - it doesn't matter how many hours you study. If you're not retaining the material in order to pass the exam, it basically doesn't count. There is knowledge deficit that is making you unsuccessful because the questions are difficult, but with enough knowledge content, even when you don't know the correct answer, you can rule out the incorrect answers to arrive at the correct answer.