Sorry to hear about you not passing. On the same token, you shouldn't compare yourself to your classmate who didn't know how to perform a sterile technique. Remember, the negative things you say against other people will come back to haunt you. Although your male classmate wasn't the best at performing sterile techniques at least he passed the boards and now possesses the honorable mention of joining the elite group of RN's. Where are you in your career right now? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but when you trash other people just expect to get it back in return. Oh, and by-the-way, if its taken you this many times to TRY and pass the boards, chances are, you're in the wrong field. We, Registered Nurses, possess critical thinking abilities, and it's OUR critical thinking abilities that saves lives! That's why the NCLEX is so hard. We need more safe and competent RN's...not a bunch of idiots killing patients. Again, sorry to burst your bubble but that's reality for ya! In this profession, it is a must to have a thick skin! Enough said, case closed!