Published Jul 22, 2009
I have taken the NCLEX several times and I am just plain frustrated with the whole thing. I have tried all kind of ways to change the way I study. I have brought so many books to study from and still come up with a Fail test score. By read on this site it looks likes Saunders is the only book to study from and take do all the questions from the book and the CD. I have the PN Saunders book 3rd addition and I like the book and it is easy to read from. Per Ms. Susanne's first step of the plan is to do the questions first and if you answer below 75% you will need to read the chapter and if you score 75% or better go on to the next chapter. This is great and it shows you what your weakness are and in what particular content. I know that the Saunders book is the only book that we should be using and should be able to pass the NCLEX test but I did go out and buy another book like a idiot just to get more stratgies on passing the test. I bought Marlene Hurst Review book!! Just started on it and I like the way she puts things in the book. I like her quote "Answer the questions to satify the NCLEX lady". She states in the book that as a nurse we want to answer questions to keep the patient alive and that is how we should answer all questions and if we do not answer them that way the NCLEX lady will be very disappointed in you. I like this book just wanted to share with you what I have to study with. Which is both Saunders and Marlene Hurst Review book!
I would like to talk with people on here that have taken the NCLEX several times and failed and keep feeling like a totally loser. OMG I was so certain that I had passed the last test and was so confident and than what do you know I got another big package in the mail saying I did not pass and file out all this paper work again, get the sheet notarized and then send us $200 to retest. I was just so sad but this time I didn't cry, I was mad but I didn't cry. I paid the $40 to register to retake the test, filled out my retake NCLEX papers and sent it in again. My first NCLEX test I took and fail, I cried like a baby because I know that my family were depending on me to pass and finally get into my nursing field. I cried so much and hard, I made myself sick but out of all that I pick myself back up and keep taking the test in hopes that I will pass this test once and for all, first I got to figure out what am I doing wrong on the NCLEX questions? Am I reading to much into the question? What's the prority, who do I see first? What are they looking for on these SATA questions? All the questions!! Anyway each time I take the test the test anxiety and the feeling of hopelessness gets less and less and I just go in the testing center and do the best I can and relax.
I need a Support Group for us Repeat PN Takers for encouragement and support along the way. I see on here that people are so helpful when they know you are shuggling with this test that they will pray for you. I NEED PRAYER YOU GUYS. I want to be that nurse that I am suppose to be, I want to help people and KNOW that they appreciate my help, unlike the job I have right now (it sucks). The job I have right now takes my willing ness to help and care for people forgranted and they step over you.
I just received my ATT in email to schedule my test date again. I am not going to schedule it until I am fully confident on how they want the questions answered on that darn NCLEX test. I welcome any comments anybody has and thank you in advance.
I am not a repeat NCLEX taker, I haven't even taken it the first time yet. I think that I am going to schedule it for Sept. or Oct so that I have plenty of time to prepare for it. I just really wanted to tell you good luck and let you know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Thank you tigermom30, I needed that!! I will probably schedule to take my test in Sept. I am going to take it at a different location from where I was taking it and maybe, just maybe I will pass this time :wink2:.
brichielpn08, BSN, RN
Im in the same boat. Took it twice already..and both stopped at 85 and still FAILED. I am already frustrated because i study hard for this exam and bought all the book i know will work like Saunders and Kaplan, attended a review class and still didnt make it. This is going to be my third try to take it and hopefully and praying that this will be my LAST try and PASS it. The BOARD doesnt care how much frustration and money waste they cause to all of us because of this damn test..They just want to suck money out of you untill you pass this exam. And believed me they already up to change the test plan by next year and they will make sure that it will be impossible to pass this exam and they will make it more harder...Who knows..I am studying again..this time my plan is to read the content again while waiting for my eligibility from CA then when it comes i will do lots of practice test then schedule my date when im ready and know that im ready to take it..Hopefully it works..I can kill those person who invented this exam I can tell you that right now....So..Good luck to you..
I know what your saying. The Board people do not care about how much money and time that you put into this test. I actually called them and asked them how can look at the questions that I was doing wrong so that I can study them so that I can answer them right on the test. She said what I would have to write them a letter for asking for the test result questions and then it would have to be approved then someone will call me and set a time to meet at the location where I take the test, sit down in a room and they would show me what I was missing but I could not have a copy of it, just look at it and it all just cost $400 to do this. "WHAT" I can not pay that kind of money to just look at something I want a copy so I can take it home and study. The board lady said that is all they can do. So this went totally no where and back to the drawing board. A person said on here that she felt like a lottery machine to the NCLEX cause she had spent so much money. I think the boards need to ease up on that NCLEX test and stop making it so difficult to pass. There is a nurse shortage out there and this test is probably why. Best luck to you too, maybe we can talk again. Thank you!!!
I am in the same boat. The only thing is that I graduated LPN school in 2006. I have taken it a total of 3 times now. After the first 3 times I was thinking well maybe this is a sign. So I decided not to go back and do it. I will tell you though it has been on mind every single day. I know I want this so bad! I think I just got so discouraged by the first 3 times that I put it off and thought that maybe people will stop asking me about it if I just give up. I haven't told anyone in my family or any of my friends that I decided that I am going to take this test again. I am really nervous b/c this will be my 4th time and... I've been out of school for so long. I really think I can do this. I mean I know I can... it's just going to be hard. I just enrolled in the Kaplan Q Bank course for PN. I am kind of scoring low which scares me. I've just been doing a lot of practice questions. I mean I just feel so overwhelmed with trying to study.
I know how you felt though when you didn't pass. I felt the sam way. I felt so dumb. I didn't want to tell anyone it was such a headache. I didn't even want to leave my apartment for like a week. I didn't want to answer my phone b/c I didn't want to tell anyone anything. I put it off and wish I wouldn't have but it's so expensive I couldn't afford to keep paying for it. I'd like to just pass this thing and put it behind me. I have to... I didn't just go to school for nothing.
I am hoping to take it in Oct. Good Luck to you!!! If you have any good suggestions please share and I will do the same!! We can do this... :)
I don't think I can send messages for some reason. I am not an LPN yet. That's what I am hoping to soon be after I take the test. Are you working on being a LPN or an RN?
I need to figure out how to send messages. :)
hi brandi124 the books that i recently purchased is marlene hurst review, so far i am very impressed with it. i have not installed the cd on my computer yet but will this weekend and just start answering questions, questions and more questions. marlene hurst's review tells you what the nclex people are looking for when you answer the question. she says that you need to forget what you learned on school exams and that the nclex is a whole different ball game. she said the test is aimed at a new nurse fresh out of school. the book cost me $42 at barns and nobles. i also have saunders pn review 3rd addition but i think there is even a new addition out there but i have the 3rd. it is pretty helpful also. suzanne is a staff member on the forum. she had a plan and her 1st step of the plan was to use one book and one book only and that is the saunders pn review. she said first do the test at the end of the chapter and if you score low than you need to read the whole chapter but if you score high than you can skip that chapter and got to the next. this book has sata (select all that apply questions in it) which is great my other books did not. suzanne's plan was taken away because people wore abusing it and not following her specific instructions. they messed it up for the people that would've stuck to her instructions and followed it to it's entirety. i will probably take my test in sept. i had been going to the same place to take my test and when i went there to test i felt failure at the front door already. i found another location in my area where i can take the test and that is where i am going to take it this time. it will be a new environment and nobody has seen me there before. i graduate from school dec. 2004 and i am still taking my test. i can't give up. like you said i did not go to school as this time for nothing. i can't give up; i have a son that needs to follow in good footsteps. i am single parent, i am all he's got and i am going to make sure that he never quits in whatever he does. yes the test is expensive $200 a whoop. i have been taking this test every year since i graduated. i have taken it twice in some years. i want my nursing bad. what is really bad is when you see some of those people you went to school with and they ask you where are you working and you tell some place, not a nursing place and than they ask about that test. i use to be ashamed to tell them the truth and i wouldn't but than i finally came out with it that i did not pass but still trying. you may think that you are the only one that did not pass your test, there are others that didn't either, they just aren't telling you. brandi124 keep your chin up and stay on this website. the people are so encouraging. it's one big support group for nursing, successful on the test or not. they pray for you and they do not even know you, it's wonderful. if you look thru all the different threads you discover all kinds of helpful information. keep your head up and you can send me a message anytime. we will pass this test!!! :sofahider oh and no more hiding :wink2:
Are you still in school Brandi124? I think after 19 posts you will be able to send messages. I am really not sure. I am working on getting my LPN!!!
I am not in school any more. I am working on my LPN as well and like I said I graduated nursing school in 06. Your right though we will get there! I know we can do it. I think this website is really great!! I have been reading around I saw that someone posted the most common perscribed drugs in the US. I made a copy for myself. B/c Pharm is not my best subject at all. So that was really cool! Also this site makes me feel better after reading it seeing how many people haven't passed. I know that I am not the only one and that it really is a hard test. It doesn't help that I am not a great test taker either. I know what you mean by seeing people from school out and then asking where you are working. It's hard b/c I feel like no one understands exactly what I am going through until I get on here and see that a few people are in the same boat as I am. That's why I just need to start talking to people on here more and get support. I wish the Suzanne's plan was still around b/c I hear a lot of people talk about it. I tried to do research on it to see what it was but didn't get to far with it b/c they no longer use it. Anyways it's nice chatting with you. Thanks for replying back. I am going to check out the Hurst review. Right now I'm doing the Kaplan Qbank for PN. I am still waiting on my book to come in the mail. I'll let you know how it goes!
Happy Studying lnmorr80!! Keep me posted on your studying is coming along!! I'll say a little prayer for you and I! :)
The bad thing with this exam is it will keep your life on HOLD until you pass. I have to get off work for two months just to study and then failed again .Now i finally quit my job since they replace me already..ITS SUCKS!! It makes you feel really bad when you dont pass and all your friends and family are disappointed..The BOARD doesnt give a S...T! at all. They cause you so much pain and misery from this stupid EXAM...I hate it. I love nursing dont get me wrong but this exam is a BULL...
I am sorry to hear that 2brichielpn08! Your right it does feel like it puts your life on hold which stinks but... Just don't give up b/c we can do this. I know we can! Just think about what a great feeling it will be to pass this. Don't get me wrong sometimes it's hard for me to stay positive about it but I have to be. Good LUCK!!
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