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NCLEX stopped at 205 and I passed! (My story)

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Hello my wonderful people! I am fairly new to this thread so bear with me. I just felt like I had to share my story. I started nursing school staright out of high school. My mother, an RN, would always captivate me with her daily stories about her experiences in the nursing career ever since I was a young boy. I knew ever since I was in high school that nursing was the career I wanted to pursue. I'm not going to lie, I wasn't an A student in high school and to be quite frank I didn't give my full effort.

So I started nursing school on the spring of 2012 and to be honest the first few months were ok. It wasn't until I got to the third term where it was a slap to the face. People in my class started dropping the program like flies. I tried my best but unfortunately failed the third term. I had never been exposed to this level of difficulty in my life. I had to wait two months to join the next class. The second time around was just as difficult as the first but I put my big boy pants on and passed the term. In november of 2013 I graduated with my LVN license. It wasn't until march of 2014 that I took my HESI. I know, I know. Who would graduate without taking their HESI? Well the school I attended was weird, anyway, I failed the HESI the first time. Our school required us to get 900 points in order for them to allow us to take the nclex. I scored 877. I had to wait another two months to retake it. I was really bummed out. I retook it in May and passed with 910. I was ecstatic! Finally I was able to take my NCLEX.

Due to work and school I put the NCLEX off for a while. It wasn't until October of 2014 where I decided to schedule it. I scheduled it for the 23rd of December. I was super nervous considering the fact that I had graduated a year before. All the information wasn't as fresh as it was before. Regardless, I didnt let that stop me. I hit the books hard, and prayed to God that his will would be done. I went in on the 23rd a nervous wreck not knowing what to expect. I got to question to 85 hoping it would stop there but it just kept on going and going. Finally I get to 205 and I just wasn't sure if I passed or failed. The test itself was difficult. It had every question possible. I had a lot of SATA, alzheimer, prioritization, and delegation. I was hit with alot of uncertainty but I left everything in the Lord's hands.

Living in the state of CA for nurses is terrible. There is no quick results option On the Pearson vue website. It wasn't until this past Tuesday that I received my results In the mail. Almost a month since I took the NCLEX. I prayed to God before opening the letter. As I was opening the letter my hands were trembling. I managed to relax and open it. And there it was "Congratulations you have met the requirements..." I couldn't help but cry tears of joy. After almost three agonizing years I was finally able to call myself a nurse.

My advice for nursing students or those studying for their NCLEX, is to never give up on your dream. If you really want it, you will do everything in your power to achieve it. Nothing in life is easy. If it were easy, they would just hand a nursing license to anybody without the proper requirements. Remeber: falling is not the bad thing; not getting back up, is.

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66 Posts; 2,166 Profile Views

Congratulations!!!! You earned it and worked so hard. Your story inspires me :) I am taking NCLEX in 2 weeks and I am nervous. How did you study like how many questions per day would you do?

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Excellent post! Congratulations on joining the ranks!

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Thank you very much, I appreciate your kind words :) Well first of all I studied for two months. First, I studied Saunders. I would do 3 to 4 chapters per day. I would highlight the key concepts and would take the tests at the end of the chapters. I would then take 100-200 questions per day in the evolve/saunders website. The second month I rented the Kaplan book as well as the onine code. I would take 100 questions a day as well. I'm not gonna lie, Saunders helped me ALOT but in regards to the questions, kaplan was more challenging. It makes you think outside the box. I'm not saying Saunders questions were easy, but kaplan questions were definitely harder. Regardless, they both have the same concept. I also looked around through the allnurses.com threads and found a couple handy study guides that helped me alot in regards to lab values and pharmacology. I also prayed day and night to the Lord. I know you're nervous and it is normal to feel that way but if you got through nursing school, you can definitely pass this test. Have confidence in yourself and you'll pass it for sure. Remeber they want you to pass. Even if you stop at 205 like I did, it just means they're giving you more opportunities to pass. I wish you nothing but luck buddy :up: May the Lord be with you. keep me updated!

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59 Posts; 1,538 Profile Views

I too passed the PN with 295 questions! If you put into hard work it can happen!!

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I took mine on December 23, 2015. One year after yours and I just came about your story. I am waiting for my results and am praying I pass. Your story gave me hope. God bless.

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Chrissygraduatenurse specializes in Pediatrics.

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Congrats on Passing NCLEX 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

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