So here is my story, and the reason I'm writing this is not to get praise for finally passing or a congratulatory pat on the back but for the down and out who think there's no hope. I have lurked on these boards for a long time. Since the first time I failed I came here looking for some hope. That someone out there understood what I was going through and that if someone else passed after failing there was hope for me yet.
The first time I took the test was back in September; I had just graduated and was sure I could pass the test. I took a moderate amount of prep questions but also took a full time job as a graduate nurse so time was limited. I failed the test at 78 questions. I thought that was the end. I really felt like it was pointless and there was no hope. I took a little time and decided to tackle it again.
The second time I took it was in January. At this point Christmas season was just getting over and my wife and I ushered in a new baby. Trying to juggle all that plus study was difficult but I felt that I was putting in good time. I took many practice tests. Studied and reviewed all the answers and went over my notes religiously. I failed at 275 questions. After that I spun out of control a little, got really depressed and kept coming to this web site. I would grasp at any post that said I PASSED three, four or on the fifth time. I truly believe that without the support of my wonderful family and the stories here I would have lost my mind.
So for the third time I took the Kaplan review course, took all the questions but most importantly I STUDIED THE CONTENT. I went over the text book and made notes and quizzed myself on procedure and stupid content that I will probably never use. At this time my wife and I were closing on a new house so I thought for sure that I would fail again but I tried. I PASSED AT 75 questions. Like most I was sure I failed but was so relieved to finally be done.
So for those lurkers out there looking for hope. Take a breath, make a plan and you CAN do it. Know that there are people here who feel like a failure just like you do but also know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel and the feeling you get when you finally pass is the best feeling in the world
Apr 15, '09
Congrats to you. Your e-mail was touching, Thank GOD that you didn't give up and I commend you not giving up
Apr 15, '09
Congratulations!!!!! I have a question? Was the Kaplan review helpful in your sucessful passing of your NCLEX exam?
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