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Failed the NCLEX? 4 Strategies That Will Put You Back on Track

Failed the NCLEX? 4 Strategies That Will Put You Back on Track

Have you checked out the NCLEX Study Center on NursingLink?

Megan Malugani | Monster Contributing Writer

Overcome Stumbling Blocks

Once you’ve assessed why you failed, think about what you need to do differently. Studying with NCLEX books and enrolling in a review course can increase your confidence about passing the exam the next time, Yoder-Wise says. Sample tests available online or at the library can help you become familiar with the test format and questions. Previous nursing instructors also may be able to help you study or recommend study aids. Some nursing schools may even pay for a review course.

Cheryl signed up at a review center, where the staff custom-designed a review plan based on the strengths and weaknesses her NCLEX results revealed. Cheryl committed herself to several months of on-site video instruction at the review center. She also studied independently every day. Cheryl found the review course’s test-taking strategies particularly helpful. “It gave me my confidence back,” she says. “I realized I really did know this stuff.”

Expect Success

Overcoming an initial failure on the NCLEX is a testament to your character and the kind of nurse you’ll be, says Rachael, another South Carolina RN. She passed the NCLEX-RN on her second attempt in 1988, and the fact that she took it twice has not adversely affected her nursing career. “You can’t get stuck in depression or self-doubt if you fail the first time,” Rachael says. “If you’re going to wallow in this, then you would break down the first time a patient dies, and you wouldn’t make it as a nurse anyway.”

While failing the NCLEX embarrassed her at first, Rachael has no regrets, saying it means she can better relate to the struggling students she has trained and oriented through the years. She could even sympathize with a brother-in-law who failed the bar exam on his way to becoming a lawyer. “I can relate to some things that other people can’t relate to,” Rachael says.

This article first appeared on Monster.com.

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    After teaching LPN school for 9 years, I have learned a few things about those who fail NCLEX....The students often don't fully understand the nursing process...many questions are based on one specific step...assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention, evaluation. Understanding nursing diagnoses and the nursing process can help you decide what is the best choice for a particular question. Also, a lot of people have told me that all the answers seemed right - in that case, you choose the 'most right' or most critical action. Another thought is to go back and study common diseases....Diabetes is a complicated, but it is one of the most prevalent diseases today. Every student I have ever had (there have been hundreds) has had questions about Diabetes. Other common things to study - MI, CVA, HTN, COPD. I also tell my students to come back to me if they fail - I will tutor them, let them borrow books, and let them do computerized testing programs to practice - at no cost to them. You are not alone!!!! There is help out there for you! Your school wants and needs you to pass NCLEX - check with them to see what they offer! Good luck, and God Bless!

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    toenie

    over 3 years ago

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    I have been an LPN for six years, I just graduated RN school. I took the nclex last week and failed! I had many of the "select all that apply" questions. They were killers! I hated them. Those are so unfair. You get no partial credit. I hate them. Well, I failed the exam. I have been depressed and my self esteem went out the window. I realize I need to snap out of it, and get back on the horse. I had a job pending. I hate the current one I have. So all this adds to my depression. I studied so much and honestly dont feel that studying another 100 hours would have made a difference. I dont know what to do from here. The questions are so ridiculous. I am frustrated. I need to figure out a different approach to beating this nclex nightmare.

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