Can't Pass This ******* Nclex!

  1. Hi all--

    I will be ready to sit for the NCLEX-RN here in a few months, so this post isn't about me.... it's about my little brother. He just found out today that he failed his for the 2nd time. He was bummed out last time, and this time he is pi$$ed as all hell, and I can't blame him. The guy is a complete brain, and it just blows my mind how there are some completely useless nurses out there who are somehow able to pass theirs when he can't pass his.

    I just don't know what to say to him. I tell him it's all luck..... if you get questions you know the answers to or that you are able to figure out, you're lucky. If you don't, you aren't. But if someone said that to me after my 2nd time, that wouldn't help me one bit.

    Anyone have any words of couragement I can use? Please?

    Thanks for your help.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   bagladyrn
    One thing very intelligent people tend to do is read too much into questions, as in "what if what they really mean is...." or "that answer is too obvious, it can't be right...", or "but what about the one case I read about in that journal?". Going with your first answer is usually the best - tell him to try that on one of the study guide type tests, just to prove the point. Back when I took it (way before computer testing) I literally put tape over all my pencil erasers to remind me of this.
  4. by   l.rae
    Spazzy, in my class, it wasn't the worthless students that failed...it was the ones that really seem to have it on the ball...so at least he is in good company...so to speak. We had one student that left during our on campus clinicals and she would be gone for 45-50 minutes of a 90 minute class...repeatedly!...she had chrones dse so everyone kind of assumed...ya know?...turned out she was leaving and doing a home care case...(she was a cna)...then she would return for the rest of the class...finally they were on to her....don't think they ever did anything about it though.....guess what....she was one that passed the first time....go figure....LR
  5. by   Spazzy Nurse
    You're so right! The best of the best fail this thing, and I have told him that so many times. I'm sure he's going to slap me the next time I do. I'm sure he does analyze things too much, and I will point that out to him...... after I buy the poor guy a beer.
  6. by   Zee_RN
    A guy at work failed twice. He finally got a private consultant, paid big bucks (like $50/hour), followed her plan and her tutoring, and passed the third time. Whew. I could get the name of the company, if you're interested. I found them online for him but I don't remember the name offhand. It's expensive but it worked. My hospital reimbursed him a portion of the fee (not much of it but better than nothing...something like $230--about the cost of an NCLEX review course which they pay for).
  7. by   Spazzy Nurse
    You know, if financially he could do that, I'm sure he would in a heartbeat! And if I could do it for him, I certainly would. Anything to just get through it!!! Thanks so much for the idea though!!! I saw a website that sounds like what you're talking about--- it's a company run by 4 Masters and Doctorate degree psych. nurses that helps people study for the NCLEX. They put on seminars, and it looks like they're usually in the Pennsylvania area. I'm sure it's big bucks though.

    I did find this site: http://www.nclex.com/courses.asp Looks pretty interesting, and for 24 hour access for 3 weeks it's pretty cheap. Maybe Santa will buy that for him.

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