Moral support, pleeaaassse!!

  1. Okay, it's my turn...

    Wednesday I take my state test. I am nervous as all get-out. I have never been nervous as a test-taker, I've always done really well on written tests. So I'm not nervous about that part.

    I am scared to death of my skills test. My friend who was in my NA class with me told me that I'm so friendly I'll probably just have a good ol' time and get through it with no problem. But that's actually my concern: when I get nervous, I try to talk. And talk. And try to crack jokes. And then I forget what I'm supposed to be doing.

    I also DO NOT like that I don't know exactly what skills (besides handwashing) I will be tested on.

    It's two days away and I'm freaking out!

    Erica
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   Irene joy
    Hey, I think every one who takes that test feels exactly like you do. I know I will in november when I take mine. Remember, some of the most important details on almost all, handwashing, explaining procedure, providing privacy, lowering bed when leaving and providing call light and ending with hand washing. Oh yae, somebody in our last class missed putting on skid resistant shoes or slippers when transfering, or ambulating a patient. Good luck I know you'lle do fine.If you're worried it means you are taking this seriously and you've been studying. So trust youre insticts and think about what you're doing before you do it. GOOD LUCK!!!! Let us know how you did!!
  4. by   DreamyEyes
    Don't worry, everyone freaks out on the skills part! I was a nervous wreck from the week before, up until I took the test. The written part was a piece of cake, but I literally made myself sick to my stomach over the skills part.

    If it makes you feel any better, the proctor who observed my skills exam was really easygoing, and kept talking to me the entire time, so it helped ease my nerves a lot-I've heard a lot of the proctors are like this as well. You will do fine, as long as you remember the little but very important things (putting the bed the correct height, call light, washing hands, etc.) Good luck!!
  5. by   amanda1229
    Moral support being sent your way! I was insanely nervous. So nervous I put it off for a year and worked at a low-paying ice cream store where I made just enough to pay for car insurance and gas and still have some fun with my friends. What a great waste of time that was, worst decision ever. My boyfriend's sister worked for a LTCF and it helped me get a job there, after a month I tested out easily, it was actually kind of fun. I was still nervous as anything, but I survived!

    The great thing is that I treated my "resident" as I did my real residents, and cracked all my cute little jokes with them and made it fun, and made it comfortable. Soon the evaluator, my "resident," and myself were all giggling and having fun. Don't be afraid to be sweet and nervous, trust me -- they will appreciate it!
  6. by   mrsraisinkain
    Thanks for the help, guys. I really do feel better just knowing I'm not the only one shaking in my shoes when it came down to taking the test. It's only been a week and a half since I've been out of school so everything should be fresh in my mind. I also have the benefit of my test site is at my school so I will be in a familiar setting. I take my test at noon tomorrow and I will be able to call and find out my results Thursday after 3:00 PM. So, I will let you know either way in two days!

    Thanks again for the pep talks! :flowersfo
  7. by   DreamyEyes
    Quote from mrsraisinkain
    I also have the benefit of my test site is at my school so I will be in a familiar setting. I take my test at noon tomorrow and I will be able to call and find out my results Thursday after 3:00 PM. So, I will let you know either way in two days!

    Thanks again for the pep talks! :flowersfo
    I also got to take my skills test at my school, in the lab we had been practicing our skills in, so that helped a lot! I think it will help you feel a lot more comfortable once you take your skills test. Good luck again & keep us posted.
  8. by   HTmommy
    MrsRaisinKain - I too was nervous - actually on both parts as I dont do well with exams in general. You already know the written will be a breeze.
    Now the skill set you already know how to do things. Really don't worry about it. If you know how to do things you will be fine. At my testing there was no talking and a bit intimidating having someone watch you adn I too like to bust out in jokes and so forth but really you are concentrating so much on what and how to do something you won't be making jokes and such. We were able to talk our way through it perhaps you can do that there too? You can ask before the actual test.

    I am confident you will be fine in this. I will be thinking of you today wishing you much good fortune! Let us know how things go
  9. by   zooz
    *sending moral support*

    Just remember: Safety, infection control, privacy, and comfort. (And don't forget to breathe. )

    Wishing you all the best today!
  10. by   mrsraisinkain
    Whew! I'm glad that's over... I get to find out my results sometime today after 3:00 PM.

    It was strange, after I walked out of the test I was more confident about the skills part than the written part. Some of the questions on the written test were things I had never encountered before. Such as, questions about tub baths.

    My skills were (besides handwashing) denture care, ROM shoulder, ambulating the resident with a gait belt, and female pericare. Once I got in there I really just stopped thinking about being nervous, acted like I was back in clinicals, and just "took care" of my resident the way I was supposed to. Everybody on this site helped me relax and made me feel a lot better!

    Now, just the waiting part... I'll letcha know!
  11. by   mrsraisinkain
    I just found out -- I did it!! I passed my written test with a 92% and -- get this -- didn't miss any steps on my written skills!!! All that worrying for nothing.

    I can not thank you folks enough for the encouragement and support you gave me.

    Woot! Woot!
  12. by   jb2u
    :redlight::redlight::redlight:congratulations:redlight::redlight::redlight:
  13. by   luvmy3kids
    Quote from mrsraisinkain
    Whew! I'm glad that's over... I get to find out my results sometime today after 3:00 PM.

    It was strange, after I walked out of the test I was more confident about the skills part than the written part. Some of the questions on the written test were things I had never encountered before. Such as, questions about tub baths.

    My skills were (besides handwashing) denture care, ROM shoulder, ambulating the resident with a gait belt, and female pericare. Once I got in there I really just stopped thinking about being nervous, acted like I was back in clinicals, and just "took care" of my resident the way I was supposed to. Everybody on this site helped me relax and made me feel a lot better!

    Now, just the waiting part... I'll letcha know!

    I saw you passed! Congratulations! I was going to mention, I don't know where you are... but here in MN they throw in 10 questions that are called survey questions (I believe), they are questions that you probably didn't learn in class and they use them to gage what needs to be taught in the future. Not sure if that's what happened to you or not, just thought I would share.

    Anywho.. Congrats! It's nice to have that taken care of, isn't it????


    Jen

    ETA: I just noticed you are in Dayton, OH. I was born there! We lived in Middletown but I was born in a hospital in Dayton.
  14. by   DreamyEyes
    Congrats!!! :hatparty:

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