I sat for the boards last week. My computer shut off at 75 and I had never felt so stupid in my life. It had to be the worst feeling ever.
My instructors told the entire class that when the computer turned off at 75, it didn't necessarily mean that you passed. I felt so bad about the test that I was positive that I had failed. That was Tuesday morning at 9:30. Imagine my surprise when the Director of my nursing program called me at work on Thursday morning at 7:30 and informed me that I had passed! :chuckle
I will never understand how the nurses took the boards with paper and pencil and had to wait months for their results. I would have had a bleeding ulcer!
My advice for those taking the boards soon is: Take the 48 hours prior to your exam and do nothing but pamper yourself. Forget about the boards--hide your NCLEX review books -- go shopping -- go out to eat and see a movie! Whatever you do, just do it for the fun of it! What you haven't learned by then -- well, you probably won't learn from cramming!
Good luck to all the Graduate Nurses!!