In this article, I’m answering this question related to the NCLEX.

“I’ve unfortunately have had to retake the NCLEX multiple times, and I finally passed this last time. I guess my question is, will employers I apply to know that it took me several times to pass the NCLEX?”

Can Future Employers See How Many Times You’ve Taken the NCLEX?

Employers typically can’t see how many times you’ve taken the NCLEX. Even if they can, it’s unlikely to matter as much as you think. Facilities are more concerned with you having an active, unencumbered nursing license.

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The Only Thing That Matters is That You Have a License

The primary thing an employer cares about is that you have an active, unencumbered nursing license.

Most will not care about all the other details, even if they can see how many times it took you to pass, which is unlikely.

If There’s a Gap Between Graduation and Obtaining Your License, Questions Maybe Asked

What might be a little more concerning is gaps in your resume. For instance, employers will be able to see when you graduated and how long it took you to get licensed.

Questions may be asked if there’s a considerable gap between your graduation and licensure.

For example, let’s say you graduated in May but didn’t get your license until December. During the interview process, questions may be asked about that gap.

At that point, you’ll have to give a reason for it.


I don’t actually think even this is as big of a deal as you might think.

You’re going to be applying for a new nurse position. You’ll have to go through a new nurse orientation.

At the end of the day, I think this is one of those things where the emphasis is being placed on things employers might not care about as much instead of what they actually would care about.

How to Be Successful as a New Nurse

Now that you’ve learned that your focus shouldn’t be on whether or not your future boss can see how many times it took you to pass the NCLEX.

Let’s focus on what really matters, which is how you can be successful in your first year as a new nurse.

One of the best ways to be successful in your first year as a new nurse is by getting the new nurse academy course.

It’s a course that’s all about teaching new grads the practical things they need to know to work independently as licensed nurses.

Some of the things covered include:

  • IV Insertion Techniques
  • How to Read an EKG
  • How to Chart Appropriately
  • How to Prioritize

Just to name a few. The list goes on. You can check out the new nurse academy course here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can see your NCLEX results. If you pass and your license is issued, then everybody will be able to see your licensure (and indirectly that you passed the NCLEX) because that’s public information.

They won’t know if you failed unless they know when you were testing, and your license is not issued.

One Comment

  1. It is only in nursing that you can see how times someone has taken their nclex. It is not like that for other healthcare career exam. I’m not sure why it is like and wish it can be changed because it’s embarrassing. Employers can see it too. Imagine passing after 10th attempt, anyone who knows your name can look it up and see it.

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