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Tech2RN has 1 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in NYC tech now turned RN.

Born and raised in NYC. Graduated RN school in 2012.
FAILED NCLEX 2X (2012), retook it in 2020 and PASSED.
Enrolled in BSN program, GUNNING for MSN by the end of 2021.

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    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    @JOWI75 AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! OMGGGG!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOUUUUUU! YOU did it! YOUR hard work! YOUR persistence! YOUR belief in yourself! I am so proud of you! Thank you so much for coming back to this thread to let other student nurses know they can do it because you're another example of overcoming the struggles! You are truly going to touch so many lives an positively impact so many people. You have taught and will continue to teach people to never give up on themselves. Thank you so much for your honesty and vulnerability to share those hard moments that led up to your HUGE SUCCESS! Please. I really stress this! Please celebrate this accomplishment! It doesn't have to be extravagant but it MUSTTTTT be acknowledged. This is huge! You are your own miracle! Celebrating will also continue to build on your self-esteem moving forward as well. We all need to celebrate ALL wins! I wish you so much success as you continue your journey, and I will always be here if you need me :)
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    NCLEX after 14 years??

    @Rosita MAJOR CONGRATS! you took the california NCLEX in texas?! MIND BLOWN
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    NCLEX after 14 years??

    @ejmoon7845 Then you may need to travel to NY, Cali, PA or NJ. Which isn't bad bc at least you can still take the exam again 🙂 and surprisingly! Finding a place to take refresher courses are pretty easy. I actually enrolled in one in CT. It's fully online. All I did was email them and told them my situation and I just paid for the course. They didn't need my transcript only the money LOL. BUT! they couldn't give me credit for me...which personally I didn't need it bc in NY you don't need refresher courses to retake the exam. This is their website http://www.ctleaguefornursing.org/ don't be stuck on your limitations when you still have so many options and opportunities. What it comes down to is how much DESIRE you have to be a nurse. Be real with yourself. Ask yourself "am I willing to do what it takes to be a licensed RN" if your answer is YES then travelling to NY, CALI, PA, NJ for 1 day to take 1 exam that will change your life will be worth it. If you say NO to the question then you may have to be real and accept that maybe you don't want to be a nurse. Bc the reality is, you CAN do it. Both answers and both decisions are OK. You need to do what's best for you. ***We can only provide you all of the support, help, avenues and resources but you have to be WILLING to accept it. Focusing on the closed doors does what? Nothing but keeps you stagnant. Now is not the time to sulk, youve had enough time for that...it's time to be resilient and to ACT. It's not over. YOU CAN DO THIS.
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    NCLEX after 14 years??

    @Rose_Queen thank you so much for the clarification! @ejmoon7845 COOL! now with Michigan out the way, all is certainly not lost because you said all that needed to be said...you "WORKED TOO HARD TO GIVE UP NOW" BOOM! lets get to work! OK, I googled how many times you can retake the exam and you're right Ohio was difficult LOL So I emailed them, we shall see on that state. But when I did look, it didn't say anything about time frame it mostly said that you need to send an official transcript to the ohio BON and wait to see if it would be approved. they even seem to take some nursing schools that have closed down. but we shall see what they say when they email back. Other states that have unlimited amount of times would be New York, Pennsylvania, and California (like @caliotter3said above) I looked up wisconsin and this link shows the approved out of state nursing schools https://dsps.wi.gov/Documents/ApprovedOutOfStateNursingSchools.pdf I honestly didn't see a time frame with wisconsin either. it does say that there may be a refresher course that needs to be done. I really think that what it comes down to is to reach out to each state individually to see what they say bc it seems like some of these states go case by case to see if the person is eligible to apply. It would be best to write out a standard email to copy and paste to send to each BON in each state. If you have more time you can definitely spend the time to call each state's BON but I personally would try emailing them at first LOL then if I do not hear a response in about 7-10 days I would call. this is the contact form for illinois https://www.idfpr.com/profs/Email/prfGrp09.asp indiana says you might need to show up in person https://www.in.gov/pla/files/RN - exam repeat 5.20.19 Online App Updates.pdf hope this helps :)
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    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    @michellet123 I 100% understand how you're feeling. Let's see if we can focus this another way. Hearing that you failed 4 times shows that your state allows you more chances, so its not officially over correct? If that is true and the fact that you're here...all is not lost. You havent quit and it looks like you don't want to quit. GREAT! The word "can't" should be thrown out bc technically your state says YOU CAN, your glimmer of hope deep inside says YOU CAN, and because you actually COMPLETED and GRADUATED from an accredited school (where so many ppl failed the entrance exam, failed 2 classes so they ended up getting released from the program, then had to apply to another nursing program to finish)...all that to say YOU CAN says BON and Pearson vue LOL. So basically "cant" is illogical because you're afforded the time, chances and opportunity. I promise you I know that feeling of embarrassment. And it is OK and normal to feel it. Feel it. But do not hold on to that feeling for too long bc there are no benefits, only added negatives. It's like having a hot coal literally thrown at you. It feels terrible from the moment it's in your hands...but what do you do after you feel that sting of pain (in physical form)? You throw that sh** haha. Because if you held onto the coal the pain still remains, and WORSE it breaks your skin, it continues to break down all the way to the bone. Same concept here. You feel the embarrassment, it feels so painful yet because it's in the mind and because school hasn't taught us anything about feeling then letting go of our emotions (like we would treat it in a physical aspect) we hold on to it. And just because we cant see it, doesnt mean it doesnt exist. It begins to break us down. What was supposed to be one moment of embarrassment leads to time passing, ppl furthering themselves, us remaining still, more embarrassment, more fear and anxiety, then eating away at believing in ourselves. You felt so good and confident when you got notice of getting into school, now self esteem is down just bc of 1 exam we think makes or breaks us. Which isn't true! You can pass this exam, like you've passed all of the ones before it...but you have to let go of the embarrassment. It was truly the hardest part for me. Not only did I see my classmates get their MSN, and doctorate degrees but I also had the added shame of watching my cousin who started nursing school after me, failed 2 classes got released from her school, had to apply to a new nursing program AND start again from the beginning (she finished her first year at the last school) passed her NCLEX, began working as an RN....ALLLLLL of that after I had already graduated from my program lolll. Hearing that you are seriously looking into jobs that do not require an RN license hit me because that's how I thought. That's what I did. Obviously I'm here...so just know that path didn't work out LOL. Let's go down that path though...let's say you do get that job. Off rip you're underpaid. But let's say you take it bc it'll maybe help boost your self esteem to feel good and confident again in the health care field...cool. You're going to receive recognition and accolades for your work, your coworkers will be amazed at your level of knowledge and ease at learning the skills needed for that scope of practice. You're flowing easily, at first it feels good to get that attention. Time passes. You're so great at your job that ppl tend to rely on you more. You might eventually feel overworked, definitely still underpaid. Your coworkers are asking you "omgg you're so great at this job is there anything more? Bc I can see you doing so much more!" Thennn slowly you're back at that feeling again. You're gonna see that you've always been worthy of being a nurse. No need to waste that time. You can do it now. You have seen time and time, class and class again that you are capable because you did it. You already qualify as a nurse. You're at the end of the student nurse journey. It's OK to start again. Start slow. F*** motivation. You do not need motivation to begin. You need discipline, consistency and most importantly you need to be kind and forgiving to yourself. You would NEVER tell someone you love to give up and try something else...why the hell would you say that to yourself? Start with 5 pages of content or 5 NCLEX questions today. Who cares how small it is. You do it today and everyday. Little efforts like that will build momentum I promise. I'm sorry if the message was too long, it wasnt my intention. I'm trying to save you time and years of misery LOL. I learned all of which I stated above after months of serious reading personal development books. That's honestly the number 1 thing that helped me pass the NCLEX. I had to change my mindset, build my self confidence after I destroyed it. I hope this helps you
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    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    @JOWI75 Firstly thank you for being very honest that's not always easy. I know exactly how you're feeling when you say you keep extending the date bc you don't feel ready. It's honestly impossible to just know everything, and that is perfectly fine. The NCLEX wants to make sure you know how to keep the patient safe and do all you can do first, before reaching out. I have literally wasted money by scheduling, rescheduling and then cancelling the exam LOL. I believe I did that 3 or 4 times. But f*** it, its not about the money. The feeling of fear and anxiety are real and can be debilitating for some, but it doesnt have to be. Let's try to break this down. It's not about the resources. There are plenty! You do not have to spend money in order to believe that you have all of the knowledge to take and PASS the exam. You have learned them before, and you have passed your nursing exams. You have kept your patients safe during clinical and you have received passing marks there too. So we know you know the content and we know you can keep your patient safe. I understand that some time has passed and you may have to relearn some things, but its OK it's like muscle memory it will come back faster than it did the first time you learned it bc you're basically just re-accessing the knowledge that has already been stored! So to be honest, as long as I have pushed my exam date and cancelled bunches of times....I did the same thing on the apps I've purchased LOL. I think I had the nursing.com app for about 2 yrs LOL but I didn't actually use it consistently until a little over 2 months before my exam. I actually didn't even complete any book or any app! You know how you hear some ppl say "yea I read that 1000page book 3 times front and back before my exam" or tell you they did like 3000 NCLEX style questions? Tuh. Not me. Not a lot of people I know either. So when I bought the app I promise you I literally only did medsurg and peds. I spent the majority of my time studying the heart, GI system, respiratory system, endocrine system, neuro, immunizations, precautions (safety, PPE, infection control) and the meds that came with it. Like an overview of the meds (like studying the commonalities like the ending ex. beta blockers are -olol) causeeeeeee that's too overwhelming to memorize all of the meds LOL I spent the majority of my time on Youtube watching Simple Nursing vids (because he 100% tells you EXACTLY what you need to know for the exam) and RegisteredNurseRN when I need further understanding, bc she goes IN DEPTH (back to school in depth LOL) for FREE as well. Its 100% a normal feeling up until you receive your pass/fail mark on the NCLEX but please do not let that hinder you from trying. Do you think that failing the NCLEX means you're not worthy of being a nurse? Do you think that if you don't pass the first couple of times it means you may not be cut out for this profession? Do you think failing 1x or more means its "a sign" to give up? Do you think that failing means you're not intelligent? You are enough. You are worthy. You are intelligent. You are cut out for this profession. It is not a sign to give up, it is a sign to step up. Everyone fails at something but it is up to the individual to first get back up, reassess what went wrong, think about what can be done to improve and then try again. Really think about it, when you have failed in something (whatever it is doesnt have to be nursing related) but then finally succeeded do you ever look back and say all of the things you think you are now at this current minor hurdle moment? No. If anything you say...ugh I wish I wasnt stuck for that long because if I had just tried again instead of prolonging it and stopped listening to the bull**** my negative self talk was telling me I would have been successful EARLIER. No one regrets failing when they succeed they only think about how long it took for them to realize they were resilient all along. Take the exam on Feb 1st (it's so funny IDK if you believe in signs but it's actually my bday LOL) WHATEVER YOU NEED, a study partner, an accountability partner, a comfort partner...ask and I will be 🙂
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    NCLEX after 14 years??

    I hope it's alright but I wanted to post what I wrote to you here...in hopes that if another lovely, hard working nurse comes to your page with discouragement and feels lost...I hope it finds them too :) OMG YES DO NOT GIVE UP! Find other options. It might be a little harder and a little longer journey but I assure you its nowhere close to being as hard as your nursing school. I agree with @RaiRN with the states, also NY allows you to retake it. I googled a couple of things and found this: https://testprepnerds.com/NCLEX/many-times-take-NCLEX/ Kansas: Must pass within 2 years of graduation in Kansas Michigan: Maximum of 6 attempts and no more than 3 times per year Louisiana: Must pass within 4 years of graduation and can only be taken a total of 4 times South Carolina: If you don’t pass your first time, you have 1 year to pass Texas: Within 4 years of graduation SOOOOO! Since I see that in your state you are allowed to take it a max of 6 times and you only took it 2 times! Thats great news. So then I went to your board and saw this on this link https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-michigan/#RN "After 3 attempts, a NCLEX review course is required. After 6 attempts, a candidate is no longer eligible for licensure in Michigan (unless the candidate redoes the whole RN program). Unsuccessful candidates will receive a score breakdown which may help them prepare." Which means that YOU CAN RETAKE. You only have to take a refresher course if you have failed 3x. But maybe you'll still benefit if you took it again now since its been a few years. I personally don't know any but it'll be a good start to Google "NCLEX RN refresher course in Michigan" and then see what comes up. If you have any other questions regarding your state, you should definitely call the board of nursing in your state, they will lessen your anxiety and fear by answering all of your questions. *IMPORTANT* Being too afraid to ask is always the BIGGEST hurdle. Once you start asking, you'll begin to know what is and isn't possible for you. I really think that might be something to tackle first (your fear of possible failure and possible anxiety regarding this) because the information you asked was definitely easy to find. I understand that you know that, and that you might've really needed (deep down) our confirmation instead. I came to allnurses.com because I HONESTLY and REALLY needed it too, I knew it was possible but I needed my community to put the fire in my back, when I still felt down and low...and only had a little spark. Nurses are a family, we should always stand by each other. So, this is your confirmation to keep going and move forward and try again! Your state definitely allows it....now you just have to allow yourself to BELIEVE its possible. YOU GOT THIS SH***********T!! :)
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    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    @Sara Lindsey Wilkerson hey sara! how are you doing? how are you feeling? I really hope you're still on this journey (even if you need to pause and then come back) you're a wonderful soul and you are NEEDED in this profession. let me know if there is anything I can do to help :)
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    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    @Bee Bee heyy! hows it going? have you rescheduled your exam yet? let me know if there is anything I can do to help :)
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    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    @JOWI75 Hey hun how are you? Like nitty gritty raw answer only LOL how are you really feeling? Hows the journey going? Anything I can do to help? I am here for you.
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    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    @ejmoon7845 OMG YES DO NOT GIVE UP! Find other options. It might be a little harder and a little longer journey but I assure you its nowhere close to being as hard as your nursing school. I agree with @RaiRN with the states, also NY allows you to retake it. I googled a couple of things and found this: https://testprepnerds.com/NCLEX/many-times-take-NCLEX/ Kansas: Must pass within 2 years of graduation in Kansas Michigan: Maximum of 6 attempts and no more than 3 times per year Louisiana: Must pass within 4 years of graduation and can only be taken a total of 4 times South Carolina: If you don’t pass your first time, you have 1 year to pass Texas: Within 4 years of graduation SOOOOO! Since I see that in your state you are allowed to take it a max of 6 times and you only took it 2 times! Thats great news. So then I went to your board and saw this on this link https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-michigan/#RN "After 3 attempts, a NCLEX review course is required. After 6 attempts, a candidate is no longer eligible for licensure in Michigan (unless the candidate redoes the whole RN program). Unsuccessful candidates will receive a score breakdown which may help them prepare." Which means that YOU CAN RETAKE. You only have to take a refresher course if you have failed 3x. But maybe you'll still benefit if you took it again now since its been a few years. I personally don't know any but it'll be a good start to Google "NCLEX RN refresher course in Michigan" and then see what comes up. If you have any other questions regarding your state, you should definitely call the board of nursing in your state, they will lessen your anxiety and fear by answering all of your questions. *IMPORTANT* Being too afraid to ask is always the BIGGEST hurdle. Once you start asking, you'll begin to know what is and isn't possible for you. I really think that might be something to tackle first (your fear of possible failure and possible anxiety regarding this) because the information you asked was definitely easy to find. I understand that you know that, and that you might've really needed (deep down) our confirmation instead. I came to allnurses.com because I HONESTLY and REALLY needed it too, I knew it was possible but I needed my community to put the fire in my back, when I still felt down and low...and only had a little spark. Nurses are a family, we should always stand by each other. So, this is your confirmation to keep going and move forward and try again! Your state definitely allows it....now you just have to allow yourself to BELIEVE its possible. YOU GOT THIS ***********!! :) _HMC, RN soon to be BSN then I'm gunning for MSN! ayyyeeee!
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    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    @Sara Lindsey Wilkerson WHOA! CONGRATULATIONS! Firstly, the amount of strength, courage and resilience you have is truly ADMIRABLE. To push through and go against the grain, like you have, when you have challenges stacked against you... sounds heavy and I am so happy you have overcome those hurdles. And most importantly you continue to show up for your children AND yourself everyday. It's the little steps that are taken consistently everyday that add up to that BIG success. I am so proud of everything you have accomplished up until now, and of course will continue to accomplish. These are not small wins. These are BIG ones. It sounds to me like you're aligning with your purpose in life and you are noticing the opportunities are opening up for you. This has been some time coming and you're exactly ON TIME with where you're supposed to be now and for the future. The part where you said you began to think about nursing without crying is amazing, that's because not only were you patient with yourself, you did the hard work to heal. That should show you how far you've come. Celebrate that. It is a win you created. Always celebrate every hurdle crossed...big and especially small...even if it's only internal. I am so so proud and extremely happy for you, Sara! Your children have a great model of what resilience and perseverance looks like. Please reach out if you need anything! I will definitely be here to listen.
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    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    @BeeBeee Good Morning! :) Yes of course you can, THANK GOD, in NYS we still have an unlimited amount of times to take the exam no matter how many years it has been. Only thing I had to redo is the "infection control" course. Which is super easy because its available online for like $20.00. Even the NYS board provides you with acceptable websites to use. And by steps do you mean by studying? Or you mean just process? For the process all I had to do was pay pearson vue the $200, wait till I was approved to book my exam then boom done. If you mean by studying exactly...I personally chose to print out a calendar, from that starting date till my boards date and taped it on my wall. So it'll be a reminder everyday of what I've done previous days (studying wise, like I'd write down my number of mins studying and number of questions done) and look forward to see my number of days left. As for studying sources I used the Nursing.com app. They make it super easy to study because after not being in class for years my attention span is not like it used to LOL (in class we would have to sit for 3hrs at a time, now im down to 20min at a time LOL) So they literally break down like this MATERNITY, PEDS, MED SURG GI, MED SURG NEURO, MED SURG CARDIAC etc...then within each major area its like "PRECLAMSIA" which is like a 10min or less lesson of what you need to know, plus study notes, plus transcript, then a mini quiz of like 15 NCLEX style questions on that one lesson. Aside from only that one app I purchased I went on Youtube. I watched RegisteredNurseRN and Simple Nursing. LIFE SAVERS I SWEAR. Theyre like 15-40 min vids explaining in detail FOR FREE everything you want to know. So I did that app daily in 30min study intervals. Like 30min study, 5min break, 30min study, 5min break. I probably studied for like 2hrs a day, focusing less on questions and more on understanding content. Within the 2 and a half months of true dedication to studying I took like 4-5 days off studying. I definitely didn't study at all the day before my exam. Took one adderal and one cbd gummy the day of my exam and I was chilling. Hope that helps.
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    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    Thank you so much! It was this website that helped me realize I wasnt the only one. Everyone on allnurses is so uplifting and supportive!
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    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    You definitely got this please don't give up! You busted your *** in school and you passed! If there is anything you want to know let me know. I'm here to help
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    Passing NCLEX RN after 8 YEARS!

    Firstly, I would like to start by saying THANK YOU for this website. It has truly helped me. Secondly, this is NOT for the ones who want to know studying material. This is for the bruised egos that find it hard to get back up after failing MULTIPLE times. I'm from NYC and I graduated nursing school 8 years ago. On 10/31/2020 for my 3rd attempt I FINALLY PASSED. In my experience, it took me years to realize that the HARDEST part was not having to study again for the NCLEX, but the years it took to recover and then build up my self esteem after failing. After I failed twice (both times within the same year of graduating) my confidence was SHOT. The first time I took the exam I went all the way to 160 questions and then by the second time, I failed at 75 questions. I fully gave up. I told myself that nursing wasn't for me and I went on with life. The first 4-5 years I avoided the pain as much as I could. I watched all of my classmates pass, move on with their careers and so many of them now work as NP's. I avoided the subject at all costs any time anyone ever asked me about it because...to simplify it... I could not deal. I was emotionally/mentally in a space that couldn't see my own worth/value, that I took jobs (in health care) that was a learning experience, but honestly didn't challenge me. All because I thought (at that time) that was all I needed to feed my ego. Woooo was I wrong! What you try hard to suppress will always come back up, and it honestly takes much more work to push down the pain than to actually deal with it. Over the years I have literally paid for the NCLEX (I think like 4x) studied for a week max, felt the sting, then the rise of doom and failure only to end up either cancelling or no-showing every exam. Further bringing down my confidence and crushing my vision of worthiness. Fast forward to 2 years ago, I began working as a PCT/PCA in an ER. It got to a point (internally) that no matter how many times I heard "you're amazing at your job", it just wouldn't fill my (ego) cup anymore. The REAL work began in March 2020. It began with shifting my MINDSET. I wasn't even thinking about retaking the NCLEX again until May 2020 when a coworker convinced me to sign up (because the exam is/was supposedly "easier" due to COVID) I had to FIRST deal with my repressed emotions of failure and build a better and higher self esteem. I started to take small steps. I mediate, I read books geared for success, I worked out. It was the little consistent and disciplined every day efforts that REALLY made tackling the NCLEX doable. I started studying for the NCLEX at the end of August. Content was my main priority (NURSING.com purchased app, SimpleNursing, RegisteredNurseRN, and REMAR all on Youtube ONLY). I did about 40 questions every couple of days. This story may be irrelevant to some but also maybe someone needs to hear this. You finished the program. You completed your clinical hours. You passed your school exams, You passed your exit exam. You saw other students drop like flies from first semester to your last semester. You got accepted into the program when hundreds weren't. YOU CAN PASS THE NCLEX just like you passed everything else. Please do not give up on yourself. You have the knowledge and the skills. You really have to BELIEVE YOU CAN. It really begins with the mindset.