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Passed NCLEX with 265

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RNBSNJU19 is a BSN, RN and specializes in Peds CVICU.

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Hi everyone, 

I thought I'd share my horror story to help with anyone who is worried about the NCLEX pre or post exam. I am a new grad RN (woohoo) who chose this as a second degree and went to an accelerated accredited university, with a reported pass rate of 100% when I applied. I finished with a 3.67, got a 99% pass expectancy on my cumulative ATI, and passed all prior ATI's with a Level 2 or above (not bragging at all, just stating). So fast forward to the day of my NCLEX, with that in the back of my head and prior classmates passing in 75 questions under an hour, I thought I had it in the bag. 

Sitting through that exam was the most mentally straining and emotional thing I have ever been through in my time as a student and my past career. Once I got passed 75 questions I started to doubt myself, thinking that while I wasn't failing, I also wasn't passing like I thought all smart future nurses. I got to 100, 150, 180, (the highest I heard of anyone in my cohort going was 186), 200... When I got to 200 I took a break and had a mini panic attack in the bathroom (which looking back I am now cracking up at how dramatic this sounds!)- I told myself that I would be getting all 265 questions. Any NCLEX video on YouTube and all of my teachers would tell us that after 200 they test would look at the last 60-65 questions when seeing if you passed or not, so I knew I had to crack down. At the end of 265 I was 100% bawling my eyes out, feeling like there is NO WAY I passed, and trying to talk myself into making a study plan because I knew I would have to take it again. 

I tried the PVT probably 50 times and each time the good pop-up came up, but this did not ease my mind because of course I looked at blogs saying that "PVT is not 100% accurate". The next day I looked for my RN license on my states BON website and my name popped up!! I basically sh** myself (for lack of a better term) and was so relieved and surprised. Basically the moral of this story is that YOU CAN PASS AFTER 265 questions and that 75 QUESTIONS DOES NOT MAKE YOU SMARTER OR A BETTER NURSE!!! Regardless of your GPA and how many questions you think you should get, if you have the RN after your name, you are a NURSE! 

Keep your head up and prepare for 265 questions because in the end it will make you less distracted emotionally and allow you to answer the questions to your full potential! 

XOXO, 

NYU Pediatric New Grad Nurse 

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MHDNURSE has 21 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health.

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So true!  I passed in 75 questions and was convinced I had failed, LOL. And your grades sound way better than mine!

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Sorry you had to go through that, but congrats on passing. I remember leaving after the computer shut off after 75 questions and I had no clue how I'd done.

My D recently took the Texas Bar Exam. It's 3 days long, then you have to wait 3 months for results. This year, after the licensing board emailed notices to check for results on their web site, the web site crashed. My D refreshed her screen every 15 minutes trying to get logged in. By midnight, most of her classmates knew their results. She didn't find out hers until 10:30 the next morning. Of course, that was a long night for me as well, since I got the frantic texts and phone calls all night.

These licensing boards must get a kick out of knowing they put us through torture...

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Silverdragon102 has 31 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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Moved to the NCLEX forum.

Congratulations

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RNBSNJU19 is a BSN, RN and specializes in Peds CVICU.

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36 minutes ago, MHDNURSE said:

So true!  I passed in 75 questions and was convinced I had failed, LOL. And your grades sound way better than mine!

Isn't it crazy no matter who you talk with they always think they failed!

11 minutes ago, Horseshoe said:

Sorry you had to go through that, but congrats on passing. I remember leaving after the computer shut off after 75 questions and I had no clue how I'd done.

My D recently took the Texas Bar Exam. It's 3 days long, then you have to wait 3 months for results. This year, after the licensing board emailed notices to check for results on their web site, the web site crashed. My D refreshed her screen every 15 minutes trying to get logged in. By midnight, most of her classmates knew their results. She didn't find out hers until 10:30 the next morning. Of course, that was a long night for me as well, since I got the frantic texts and phone calls all night.

These licensing boards must get a kick out of knowing they put us through torture...

That sounds even worse! I can't imagine waiting three months for results... I would lose my mind!

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