I started a study group with a friend of mine who also was a repeat test taker we studied every Tuesday and Thursday together. I did all the NURSING.com courses, I would do one course at a time, then do practice questions
I also did uworld my average on uworld was in the 99th percentile and my rank with NURSING.com was number 2! I studied on average 6 days a week for about 6 hours a day. I was determined to pass this time!
And how did the NCLEX go on your third attempt?
The day of my NCLEX I walked in the test centre knowing I would pass, 75 questions later and 24 SATAS the computer shut off and I knew I had passed the NCLEX!
The NCLEX felt easy to me this time. Had to wait 9 days to get my official results but I got the four letter word I was hoping for PASS! and I also got to add two more letters behind my last name RN! thanks again for everything! I will defiantly be telling everyone about NURSING.com. Thank you
So what if most of your class already have some shiny new additional letters affixed to their name? It’s not a race to the altar honey! Whoever passes the NCLEX first or who ends up doing so last does not matter as far as being a great nurse is concerned.
The NCLEX is just An Exam
I’ve said this before and I’m going to say this again, the NCLEX is no longer an effective tool to determine who’ll make a good nurse or not. Unfortunately, until the day comes when some other test is introduced to take its place, we are stuck with having to pass the NCLEX.
The NCLEX Doesn’t Define You
The exam should simply be areflection of your nursing knowledge. It does not reflect how good you are with your patients, how caring you are, and how much you love nursing. The same goes for your NCLEX score. Stop obsessing over numbers.75 questions or 300 questions, or 175 questions don’t matter. It’s not like your NCLEX score will be printed out to your license anyway.
No one would care how many tries it took you to pass the test, and your patients couldn’t care less about which nursing competencies you rocked and which ones you merely did ‘meh’ on. What matters is what you do once you are already an RN and how you handled getting there.
Grieve and Regroup
Failing sucks. It hurts, and then it sucks some more.
You have to give yourself a break and let yourself grieve or you’d go crazy from bottling up buckets of tears.
Grieve for not being there for a loved one’s special day.
Grieve for all the pounds you’ve lost or put on because of all the stress during yourNCLEX preparationdays.
Grieve for that time that you had to sacrifice watching Game of Thrones because you have scheduled study time for the NCLEX.
Just let yourself go and have a good crying/howling/pigging-out session.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll feel a little bit better and hopefully will come back to your senses; that’s the time to plot your next steps. Surely, there’s no way that you’ll take not passing the NCLEX as a defeat and be totally okay with it, right?
Think about this, if you’ve survived nursing school, along with a gazillion exams that come with it, you can certainly do the same for the NCLEX! There is no bigger tragedy than a nurse who’s worked so hard to be a nurse and then gives up just because of some test(you know what I mean, and you bet I’m looking at you!).
Take Care of YOU, the NCLEX Second
You know what, the NCLEX is just some exam that should have beenoverhauled years ago anyway, so in the end, it is you and what you want that matters.
If you no longer feel like you want to be a nurse, don’t be one. What’s the point of passing a test that will allow you to legally practice being a nurse if your heart is no longer in nursing?
Let me be clear here, I am not saying that you should ditch your dream. What I am saying is that it is okay to be selfish sometimes and start letting go of things that are no longer enjoyable for you. If you start missing it, then that’s the time to…
Get Motivated to Take the NCLEX Again
Oh yeah, you’ve got your mojo back! What are you waiting for? Go ahead and…
Shop around for thebest NCLEX preparation course.Forget what everyone and their sister is using when it comes to reviewing for your exam, go for what looks good for you. Read reviews, ask what the course involves, and choose based on your own judgment. You’ll end up thanking yourself later for it.
Don’t be afraid to try new things.Gone are the days when you only have books and perhaps some CDs to help youcrush the NCLEX. Now you can join online study groups, listen tomotivating podcasts or even useNCLEX preparation apps. Hey, if it works, then it works! ‘Nuff said.
Find inspiration if need be.If you think that you suck because the NCLEX won’t give you a thumbs up even after repeated tries, then you clearly have not heard ofAshley’s inspirational story. So pick yourself up and go after your dream. Remember #YOLO!
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