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Why am I such a failure!!

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by sondon sondon (Member)

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I don't want to give up but I just took my second test..1st test H&S failed..and failed today Transition too. I paid for the practice test & study from studygroup101. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.. I felt like I passed the test but was greeted with a D :(. Any advice will be greatful & do you think I should try to retake right away? How many times can I fail test?

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natnat122 works as a RN.

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I don't want to give up but I just took my second test..1st test H&S failed..and failed today Transition too. I paid for the practice test & study from studygroup101. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.. I felt like I passed the test but was greeted with a D :(. Any advice will be greatful & do you think I should try to retake right away? How many times can I fail test?

I failed Health Safety too.. Keep going! It's the only way you'll succeed! After I failed Health Safety (which was only like 3 wks ago) I was in a slump for about a week. The excelsior staff was really nice about it and even offered a phone consultation on I guess study tips.. I held off on it though. What I did was put Health SAfety on hold and immediately signed up for another class (Rep health), studied for it for a few weeks, took the test and passed! You have to kind of push the fails out of your head so you can regroup. I'd suggest doing the same thing. Sign up for a completely different test so that initial anxiety and reminder that you failed isn't there. Take one that you think you'd enjoy the most. I signed up for Rep Health after failing Health Safety because I thought I'd relate to the info the best right now since I'm pregnant (due in 2 days!!).. Now I'm studying for another test (Health Differences) and I plan to leave that ole failed test for the end. After getting a few passes you'll have your confidence boosted and be ready to face those monsters again! Keep going! You're NOT a failure!! :woot: *hug*

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Thank you Nanat122, this is very helpful and encouraging! I'm going to look through the test to see which ones are of interest.

Awwww a baby :) I hope all goes well with your delivery & I wish you success in this journey! ((( HUGS)))

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Pixie.RN has 18 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and works as a ED/Trauma, Educator, IP/Nurse Epidemiologist.

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sondon, you might need more than notes and practice exams. I'd recommend expanding your studies to include some textbooks. EC recommends textbooks to correspond with their exams in the free exam content guides -- might be worth a little investment to get a little more depth in the areas where you didn't do as well. I got better grades on my EC exams when I invested in a fundamentals book back when I was testing.

You're not the first to fail these exams, and you won't be the last! Doesn't reflect on your life achievements at all; remember, this is only a test. ;) You are choosing the difficult path of self-study, no spoon-feeding ... you just need to find a way to study that works best for you. Good luck!!

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missnurse01 has 18 years experience.

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I took the content guide and made sure I studied each item on it. good luck!

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Thank you all for the support!! The one thing that I didn't do was go through the content guide as both you Lunahrn and missnurse01 suggested but I will throughly go through that from now on!

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BrillyD has 8 years experience and works as a RN.

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Sorry you didn't pass, but if you were using SG101 their instructions tell you to go by the content guide so you know what all the areas cover. Just shake it off and go on - I think the first exam is the hardest cause you don't know what to expect! Now you do - you'll do better on the next one :up:

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KitkatPRN has 5 years experience and works as a RN.

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In my opinion those were the two hardest tests !! I agree with the other posters that said you should look @ the content guide. Good Luck !!!

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Mandylpn has 10 years experience and works as a LPN.

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Most definitely need the suggested textbooks to study, I don't know if you have them or not but you can 'rent' the suggested textbooks, some you may want to purchase outright because you will need them for more than one exam. good luck:wavey: read, read and read is the best advice

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Don't feel bad, you can do it. Same thing happened to me. I just re took both and passed. I used SG101 along with the books excelsior requires and the practice test. Transition was difficult for me. Be sure to be familiar with the different theorist, management styles, ethical theories, license endorsement, sunset laws, civil/statutory laws, accountability, nurse practice act, superior respondent, expert witness. Keep pushing and good luck!

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mochasouter works as a LPN.

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I took h&s first and passed it but I took transitions next and failed it. Then I turned around and took Chronicity and failed that one too. I feel like a failure also. I haven't tested since then and that was summer of 2012. I am back at it and I am ready to test for reproductive health. I have been studying so hard for this one so I hope I pass it. My confidence is way low due to failing those other two.:(

That is great advice Natnat122 and LunaRN!!! I also use my Saunders NCLEX-RN for additional help and studying....it is helping to understand all the congenital disorders for repro. I am definately saving transitions for last because that has always been my weak point. I think once you use the content guide sondon you will do great on the exams and invest in the nclex book. It is a great book. It also comes with a CD that has practice questions on it. Good Luck!!

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