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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

You’ve completed your nursing education but didn’t pass the test that signifies you’re ready to become a full-fledged nurse: The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). How do you bounce back after failing? Nurses who’ve been there, as well as experts, say it takes inspiration, dedication and diligence.

“Don’t give up,” advises Cheryl, a South Carolina RN who passed the NCLEX-RN in June 2005 on her second try. “You persisted until you graduated from nursing school, and you will also have to persist and apply yourself until you pass the state boards.”

These tips will help you bounce back and recharge for your next try at the NCLEX:

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Realize You’re Not Alone

“It’s not necessarily something nurses talk about, but you might be surprised by how many people have failed [the NCLEX] once or even twice and gotten their careers on track anyway,” says Donna Cardillo, RN, a Sea Girt, New Jersey-based career coach and author of Your First Year as a Nurse. In fact, about 14.5 percent of US-educated and 48 percent of internationally educated RN candidates failed the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt in 2007, according to statistics from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Also in 2007, about 12 percent of US-educated and 51 percent of internationally educated LPN/LVN candidates failed the NCLEX-PN on their first try.

Analyze Your Failure

Figuring out where you went wrong can help you avoid similar mistakes next time. Cheryl knew she was failing while at the computer taking the exam. “My stomach was in knots,” she says. “I was miserable when I left.”

Cheryl immediately recognized the cause of her difficulties: Because she had taken several years to complete her RN education while working as an LPN, she had learned some of the concepts she was expected to know long ago, and she didn’t use them in her everyday practice.

Other reasons new graduates fail the NCLEX the first time include illness, lack of sleep, a family crisis, disorganized post-graduation study or being distracted in the test setting, according to Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, a professor in the School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

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    shelley123

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    bfleharty. I am taking it for my fourth time tomorrow. It sucks and I feel your pain. I honestly didn't get much help from the Hurst review but you may have luck with it. I have been doing an ATI NCLEX tutoring program, so hopefully this will prove to make me pass tomorrow! My friend will be taking it her 7th time soon, so you are not alone!!!!

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    bfleharty

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Well I am probably One in a million,so it seems I have not passed the Nclex 8 xs.I was an ABstudent in school and have extreme test taking anxiety.I have been out of school going on 6 years now and just recently registered to take the boards again any suggestion other than starting all over? Trying to keep my head up because I know I am a great nurse!Just a little discouraged.

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    corinnec

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I found the Hurst review to be extremely helpful and had a no-nonsense approach to honing in on what your weaknesses are. I used a combo of their online course, study materials, and revisting my old nursing books did the trick. If you don't feel you've given studying an honest shot and haven't had practice questions, save your money. THe NCLEX is expensive to have to repeat (if you're paying yourself) and needs a lot of preparatory time. And don't ever give up. This test does not measure your worth or intelligence. It is just a test!

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    smity

    about 4 years ago

    8 comments

    I graduate May 2010, from the LPN Program. I was an A,B student in college and did well on my exams and in clinicals. I recently sat for boards earlier this month and I to failed. After leaving the testing center I had a gut feeling that I did not do so well. I sat for boards on a Friday, so the wait was 48 hours to pay for results. Not only did I fail my boards but lost my job as a graduate nurse as the Board of Nursing made me return my temp license. How embarrassing and degrading for me to have to tell my employer this. I was deeply saddened as I had spent my whole summer reviewing as my friends partied, with fairly no studying at all and ace boards. This really made me feel down as I made better grades in nursing courses than most of them... After being depressed for a few days I decided to get back up and review again. This time using the Saunders Comprehensive, Kaplan - Test Taking Strategies, and LaCharity for prioritizing and delegation. The first time I did just basically the Ati and this time I am changing the way I studied.I have came too far to be defeated at this point. I plan to retake in a month or two. I pray the next is a success. Good Luck to all the first timers as well as the retakers! We Can Do It!!!

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    blondie03

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    I graduated from the lpn program last may and have failed my boards twice, I really want to be a nurse but after failing the test twice, my confidence is down. I hope to take the test again and hopefully pass this time.

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    matthew2008

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I graduated from ADN school in 2002, and then joined the military after failing the NCLEX-RN. I took it again last August, and failed with 140 questions. I am out of the military now, and want to take my test again, to be a real license nurse. Please help me.

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    1nurse1day

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    it has been three years since i graduated from LVN/LPN school i took the test 10 months after first graduating and failed and have been scared to try again does anyone know of a refresher course i have only found a few and they are for those you have already been licensed

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    HEALINGHANDS71

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    wondering if anyone who did NOT take lpn test after grad and waited quite a few yrs? my personal situation was : working full time and had a career in PT. did NOT want to give up my job and could not afford to quit and just go to school and do RN days. so i did lpn school nights and weekend...with the intension of doing the bridge shortly after.. long story short. I did not want to work as an lpn and make so much less money i thought, when i am ready to do the bridge I would grad and work as an RN (still make a bit less money ) but wanted to get into nursing. So basically, i didnt have a need to take the test now i am ready to do something and i did not take the boards so i wonder. has it changes much in how they do it? DO THEY GIVE YOU A HEADS UP AS FAR AS ..IF YOU TEST ON THESE DAYS 25% IS ON PEDS, 15 % ON MATERNITY ETC ETC. OR IS IT JUST A MIXTURE OF EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW!!?? lol

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    neerukp

    over 4 years ago

    7496 comments

    very helpful and interesting one, thanks to the writers for sharing their experiences, will feel the beginners to use the tips given by Professionals out of their life., useful article to enrich or boost the beginners with less confidence.,

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    SAM1974

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Anyone who would love to share with me ,bouncing back from failing twice, please let me know

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    i passed the NCLEX EXAM. its so chicken. well, study hard,be dedicated and pray. that's the secret. adding to that is KAPLAN and saunders review materials.

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    dhaynes

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Hello everyone I need help. I've taken the n-clex exam 4 times. I've just finish with my Master's Degree in Health Service Administration. I want to try again for my nursing test can anyone suggest what is the best n-clex reveiw to take out there. I've been out school for 5 years so I need a refresher course.

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    nursegreen

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I took my nclex 2 weeks ago, and i didn't pass. I got all of the questions. 265.. I felt so horrible!! and I still feel horrible.. all of my friends are passing, that makes it even worse for me, and my emotions and my self esteem. am wondering what books should i use, I don't have money for Kaplan, so does any one can recommend any books, or ideas, currently I'm studying from the incredible easy book!! anybody with ideas, and advice?

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    annsabijonermac

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I want to take the NCLEX Examinations. I am residing in the Philippines. The problem is there are lots of Filipina nurses who passed the NCLEX and yet they have not gone there in the US for good. Should I give myself a try even with this circumstance?

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    felicia43

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    That is so me, i didn't pass 1st time 2nd and missed the third time because a family emergenacey then i gave up total and nursing is what i love to do. I have been looking for a refesher course can't find one for LVN.

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