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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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    ataataolevainuu

    over 3 years ago

    8 comments

    i completed a nursing program in 1994, sat the nclex then and failed, never took it again, its been 17 years, have worked as a graduated nurse for 5 years and enjoyed it, but its killing me cause i have so much experienced but haven't tried to retake the test, thinking of retaking the whole nursing course again and start from scratch, just wanted to know what can i do at this point, i can go back and study and retake the test again,or am i out of that cause i don't know how long you can stay out not sitting the text and if i am eliigible to sit the nclex regardless of the time i completed. please, i know i can do it, just that i need to know if i can retake the test even if i had completed the nursing program 17 years ago? please, advise me of what to do, cause i can study and retake it again
    Thank you

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    nurse1003

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    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

    2 comments

    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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    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

    over 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

    over 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

    7500 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

    about 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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