I am fixing to start the last semester of my ADN program, I will be graduating in December. I have always been very confident in my ability to study, and retain information for any class I have taken. My confidence, however, has been shaken lately, and I feel like I am losing my mind. My dad died of cancer late last October, while I was in the LPN to RN program, which I ended up failing by 6/10ths of a point. Luckily, I was able to retake the class with the traditional program this last spring and I passed with a B. I have always gotten a little anxious before a test, but recently I took an ACLS class with the LTAC where I work. I had the book in plenty of time to study, I felt like I knew the material, I flew through the mega-code practices without any mistakes, but then it happened... when I was being checked off, and on the test I froze up. I mean it was like I had forgotten everything. My brain took a vacation, I started having trouble breathing, my heart was pounding, and I started crying! I ended up failing the test. I know this is just one test, and maybe I wasn't as prepared as I thought I was- I have given myself all these excuses, but now I am terrified of next semester... I have even had to talk myself into not dropping the class. I have been an LPN for almost 13 years, and I have been on the rapid response team for a year. I am literally scared of failing and I haven't even started the semester yet! Any tips or tricks any of you could offer to help me get my head back on the goal would be so appreciated! Thank you.
Jul 24, '13
Exercising helps. Yoga especially before a test helps with the anxiety.
Jul 24, '13
That totally sounds like test anxiety. It's not that you don't know the material. I'm sorry about your daddy.