In the know: Failing the NCLEX exam?what’s next

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, January 18, 2010

Failing the NCLEX exam does not automatically mean you are not a fit for the nursing profession. You can take the test again. If you did not pass the NCLEX exam, you will receive a Diagnostic Profile in the mail from your state board of nursing. This is a tool you can use to determine how close you were to passing and what areas you need work on.

You are required to wait a period of 91 days before taking the test again. Some state boards of nursing have additional requirement for retests; check with your home state's board. The most important thing is to not let one failure destroy your confidence or hope of becoming a nurse. Many excellent nurses did not pass the NCLEX the first time around for one reason or another, so don’t be afraid to try again.

For more tips, check out HCPro's book, Stressed Out About Nursing School.

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