Took state skills test....Need opinion, encouragement

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    Okay, I "re-took" my skills portion of the state test yesterday. Now I'm in the phase of torturing myself with second guessing my steps. I had two skills I am nervous about...one is blood pressure. I took it 4 times and went with what I heard...even though the Test Observer told me to start with 100 and I ended up going higher because I was getting a systolic of upper 120's. Had to go with what I know I heard. Then I had mouthcare - comatose resident. Easy skill, right?! Well now I realize I missed a step that could cost me. I wiped the mouth area but forgot to actually wash their face with a washcloth. That could be the make it or break it for me. This is the 2nd time I've taken the skills portion and don't know if I can do it a 3rd time if I don't pass this one. It took it's toll on me both physically and mentally. Stomach was in knots for at least a week before and I did like anyone would do and studied all the skills, not knowing which 5 I would get. Guess I'm not perfect, as I did realize I missed a step. Does anyone have any encouraging words or insight as to whether I could have passed the mouth care - comatose resident skill? I feel really dumb and am beating myself up over it.
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    You did great I dont think you should worry about anything.
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    Thank you for your encouraging words!! I found out today I passed!!
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    HI,
    I,am a C.N. A. Nurse. Do not give up on anything. Keep on trying you will get it. It takes a cuuple of times.
    Not every one is perfect people do make mistakes some times. I,rember when I,had my first classes as a C.N.A
    I,had my daughter be my patient I,tryed things on her as well.
    You, will suceed......
    Sweerty
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    You only have to pass the skills test once, so congratulations! In the real world the steps don't matter as much- the resident usually likes things done their own way.
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    If you are constantly nervous, it's gonna show when you take the test. Just be calm, practice practice and more practice. That's the only way to go. Fortunately the evaluator was a new one and she was super friendly. All my classmates passed the test. wohoo!


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    Okay, I "re-took" my skills portion of the state test yesterday. Now I'm in the phase of torturing myself with second guessing my steps. I had two skills I am nervous about...one is blood pressure. I took it 4 times and went with what I heard...even though the Test Observer told me to start with 100 and I ended up going higher because I was getting a systolic of upper 120's. Had to go with what I know I heard. Then I had mouthcare - comatose resident. Easy skill, right?! Well now I realize I missed a step that could cost me. I wiped the mouth area but forgot to actually wash their face with a washcloth. That could be the make it or break it for me. This is the 2nd time I've taken the skills portion and don't know if I can do it a 3rd time if I don't pass this one. It took it's toll on me both physically and mentally. Stomach was in knots for at least a week before and I did like anyone would do and studied all the skills, not knowing which 5 I would get. Guess I'm not perfect, as I did realize I missed a step. Does anyone have any encouraging words or insight as to whether I could have passed the mouth care - comatose resident skill? I feel really dumb and am beating myself up over it.


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