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Just failed a second time


Specializes in Med/Surg. Has 6 years experience.

I just found out I failed again, awaiting to see the evaluation when it comes in the mail. I studied more this time and i failed quicker. I know I could have studied more than what I did :( I also did the Hurst review and i still have access for a little bit online and plan on using that. I also have several nclex question books and access to ati. Any advice would be great. Thanks.


Specializes in OR Nurse. Has 2 years experience.

I know the feeling. Took my 1st exam and failed. Took the most expensive review and stayed in the other state for 2wks just to attend the review. But don't give up just try to study again and try to change a lil bit in your study plan and you will make it!

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

What was your previous weaknesses? Did you focus on that as a part of your study plan?

To add: start to understand the four concepts of becoming a competent, entry-level nurse:

1. Safe, effective care;

2.Health promotion;

3.Physiological Integrity;

4.Psychosocial integrity

Will determine WHAT the question is asking you; the question may be Respiratory related-but is it a Health Promotion or a Safety, or a Physiological or a Psychosocial one? Would you know the difference and choose the BEST answer?

Once one understands the concepts of NCLEX, they can answer the questions successfully.

Also, moving forward start preparing like a mock NCLEX exam; start with the minimum, then work on adding 40-50 questions until you get to the maximum; review questions and rationales after each exam; that should give you a focus on what areas or information you may need to brush up on; do questions, study rationales; the go to source for content. :yes:

Junebug14, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg. Has 6 years experience.

Thanks you both, I guess I always thought I could differentiate between the areas the questions come from but maybe I am weak in that area. I know I have a huge problem focusing for long amounts of time so maybe the mock exams will help. Thanks :)

Junebug14, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg. Has 6 years experience.

I have a problem with priority. I know the abcs and to go with Maslows, but I have a hard time getting what is the lying risk sometimes with each patient, I think that throws me off

MissMoo25, BSN, MSN, RN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Pediatrics, Long Term Care.

They say there is a great book by LaCharity that covers prioritizing that people swear by!

Junebug14, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg. Has 6 years experience.

I may have to check into that. Only thing is I am way broke now so I don't know how long it'll be before I can buy one!

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

I may have to check into that. Only thing is I am way broke now so I don't know how long it'll be before I can buy one!

Check your local library or even your school library. Its possible there may be a copy you can borrow for free!

Just wanted to send a big hug your way. I failed as well. We will get through this and become the fabulous licensed RN's we were destined to be!

The NCSBN also has a test plan you can take time to read through as well to get a better understanding as to what they want.

Junebug14, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg. Has 6 years experience.

Thanks Daniegirl2011, it sucks so bad! I hate that. Hugs your way also.

Junebug14, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg. Has 6 years experience.

Thanks lovinlife14 i will check it out!

Junebug14, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg. Has 6 years experience.

Justbeachynurse, thanks I didn't even think of that!

Hello! I took my NCLEX-PN earlier this August 2014 for the second time. To start off, I'd like to say never give up!! Long story short, I graduated 2009 and I took my NCLEX-PN last year and failed. I knew I failed when I walked out of that testing center. I did the PVT (Pearson vue trick) right when I got home and it took me to the credit card page. 2 weeks later, I received a big envelope with my results and failed. I felt depressed and wanted to give up on nursing. Anyways, a year later, I passed! Here's my tips:

*Read Saunders

*Hurst ( it's a great refresher course especially if you've been out of school for a long time!)

*Kaplan Qbank (the questions are harder than the nclex but somewhat similar. It is very helpful though!)

*Do questions 85-100/day no more than that (your brain needs to rest lol)

*memorize labs (ABGs, therapeutic med ranges, Coumadin, etc)

*Hot spots (you will have/may have questions where you have to place a spot on an area like where is the femoral pulse, brachial pulse etc.)

* I had some exhibit questions (where I had to look at the charts and determine which meds I should give or hold, look at vital signs)

* memorize Insulins

* I had several OB and pediatrics (questions vary depending on how you're doing;weakness etc)

* I only had one calculation or close to it lol Naegeles Rule but you should know your units and conversions

* injection sites (subq,IM,which meds can be given IV etc) or which site is best for infants?

* Car safety infants

* I had lots of medications questions (medications I've never heard of) but look at the endings (olol, prazole,pam etc.) know what it's for, side effects,ranges

* Diets ( know the celiac diet, foods you can or can't give to certain conditions like Hyperkalemia etc.)

* Nursing rules ( I would read Saunders) you will also have some delegation and prioritization rules

* study your procedures (catheters, NG tubes) I had several in which I had to place in order

* Infection control ( you must study the donning and removal process and also which precautions you'd put them on such as TB, chicken pox, rubeola etc.)

*Know your content!! ( you cannot memorize and study everything. Believe me, I was just like YOU. I was very stressed out and paranoid (should I study this and that or what if this and that) STOP that NOW! Lol

* have a calendar ( get organized, have your priorities set. I worked a full time job and had a second job that I eventually had to let go of. I kept my full time job, wrote my work and study schedule down. Stick to it!

* Eat right (eat healthy, don't eat too much when you're about to study, or don't eat too little, just eat enough so you're able to focus. Have snacks as well. Hydrate! Water, Gatorade, and a little coffee (it won't hurt as long as you can tolerate it lol)

* Have a break! ( that means go out and watch a movie, or relax! Although I stopped going out for drinks, I still had some wine or beer here and there but nothing heavy! It's all about balance!

* Get rid of distractions that means if you're on Facebook like every 5 minutes, get rid of the app. That 5 minutes could have been used to memorize lab ranges! Think about it. I downloaded that app Nclex Mastery LPN/RN. It's a great app on the go. Stethoscope app is also good to have if you wanna listen to lung sounds, bowel sounds, murmurs etc.

* Have faith! I seriously thank god for giving me the strength I needed! I talked to him every night. God is good! Oh and every morning, I'd listen to my contemporary Christian music on Pandora. It helped me overall. Mentally and spiritually. Trust me, trust in him!

* I thank allnurses.com because when I felt like I've lost hope and wanted to give up, I'd read people's stories on here. It gave me hope to try and try!!!

* I had a lot of SATAs (select all that apply q's) my tip on this is, think about what the question is asking. What would a SAFE nurse do in that situation?

* Google (I'm a visual learner, so when I read something, I'd look it up, YouTube it)

* Stop spending all your money on softwares and books! You've got all the info in one book. There's no shortcut. I know and I understand where you are coming from. Trust me, you cannot memorize everything but just try to understand it. Make Mnemonics)

* if you guys have any questions, just ask me and I'll try to answer

So earlier this August 2014, I took my test. I prayed, I ate breakfast. Not heavy but enough to last me in case I had to be there for 5 hours. I did meditate right before I got out of my car, in line, and when I was about to take my test. ( do not let your anxiety get to you! I know it's hard but just try to relax. Anxiety can mentally block information which happened to me the first time I took my test!)

* I hid the part where it shows in which number you're on. When I finally decided to check it, I was on 96 and 3 questions later, it stopped!

* I did the Pearson vue trick right when I got home and got the good pop up "Our records indicate that you have recently scheduled this exam. Another registration cannot be made at this time" or something like that. I was still in denial and of course, I rechecked many times!! Lol

* 2 weeks later, I received my results (envelope this time) stating that I passed!!!

* paid my $150 fee and now waiting for my actual license

* one last thing, I know it's hard to be going through all of this, studying, working, and stressing but without my family, boss, friends, and god, I couldn't have achieved this. You've got to let your friends and family know that you are doing this for you and your future. Let them know how you feel and let them know that you need to sacrifice for a couple of months. It will be all worth it in the end!!! Good luck to all the future nurses!


Specializes in hospice.

I thought nursing school exams were written NCLEX style to help you prepare. Seems to me the expense of a tutor should be unnecessary. Glad you passed, but maybe this is a question prospective students should start asking.

NCLEX questions are way different than nursing school exam questions.

Thats why many students practice how to answer questions the way NCLEX wants it to be answered.


Specializes in hospice.

Well I've seen plenty of posts from people saying that their nursing school exams were NCLEX style to help them get used to it. I guess not all schools do things the same way.