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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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    bfleharty

    about 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

    almost 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

    almost 5 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

    about 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

    about 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

    7482 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

    almost 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

    almost 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

    about 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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    tjohnson01

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Please dont let this detour you from your ultimate goal in becoming a nurse I can sympathize with you because I failed it twice and it has taken me 11 years to get up the strength to go back dont wait to long or let depression keep you down I use to be very embarrassed to tell people close to me and classmate I didnt pass my nclex exam and when I would go to a medical facility or hospital I would cry within because I would re-think about how I just gave up on myself it may seem like its impossible but I am a true believer in God and his wisdom but still I didnt pass my exam the 2nd time now 11 years later I am trying to go back and finish wihat I started the goal is not to think and dwell in our pity but to keep pushing ourselves to our ultimate goals in life never give up on your dreams if you dont succeed the 1st, 2nd or may 3rd time keep trying I know someone who took the test 6 times believe it or not she a LPN recently today after 5years ago because she never gave up. You can do this!

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