I'm very sorry to hear about that. I know how devastating that can be because it happened to me on my first try too. It really is an awful feeling...and I totally empathize with you. I wish I knew about this forum before because there is so much support here!
When I failed the first time, I wanted to hop straight into studying. NO. Take some time off. A few days. Try to gather your thoughts and figure out what didn't work right the first time. Did you do enough practice questions? Was it anxiety? In a few weeks, you'll get the official results telling you what areas you need to focus on so that can help guide your studies as well.
I know I needed help to reschedule everything. I had no clue what to do. I was so confused and lost and in this strange, quasi-conscious state. No one really helped me. So I snapped out of it, and made sure I did the necessary steps and rescheduled my exam. I gave myself two months. I did not want to take it too early or too late. However, I did the bulk of my studying in the last month. Take as much time as you need to prepare.
Next, I started on new study guides. I picked out these:
Kaplan Review 2010 (good for strategies)
NCLEX for Dummies (don't laugh. this book has a really great summary of lab values and strategies)
RNotes (if you're on the go and just want a quick summary of stuff)
Medications you should know for the NCLEX (nice book to carry around if you're on the go. Pharm was a weak area for me and I skimmed through this)
NCLEX 4000 (practice questions. practice practice practice. read each rationale. the last couple weeks or so, I was buzzing through this.)
Davis' Review (This I only used if I needed better explanations or needed to review a topic. It is VERY comprehensive and a little dense...but things are explained well.)
To me, I felt what really helped me were practice questions and testing strategies (Kaplan and Dummies...Thank you!). Do as many practice q's as you can. Read the rationales. Practice in a testing environment (no tv, listening to music, etc.). Train yourself to sit for the whole 265 questions with breaks in between. If I didn't have time, I'd sit for 75 questions exam and check out how I did.
If you feel that you can benefit from a study course, INVEST in it. Many of my classmates went to one, and felt it gave them that extra boost of confidence. I opted not to and felt I just needed to practice more. I really disciplined myself. It really is up to you and how you best study an absorb information.
Do not despair if the test does not stop at 75 or if it goes all the way to 265. People have failed and passed at 75 and 265. I've said it before: Really, the NCLEX is truly an awful exam that tests you on perhaps the most obscure things you've learned in nursing school. We all have to go through it, and we will all get there.
Failing on your first try does not mean you are a bad/stupid/[insert negative adjective here...believe me, I've beaten myself over it] nurse. Hey, you've already made it past nursing school. You're one smart cookie!
I know you have a lot of pressure on you to pass on the second time around, but you WILL. Be confident and you CAN do it. You have a lot of support and encouragement here!
Wow...I just realized how much I've poured out. I hope this encourages you, JBreezy... and anyone else who has made it through my post.