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These are the only questions I have access to that I know of. I think the NCLEX ones you have to pay for right? I haven't bought anything besides the ATI books. The instructors gave us codes for the ATI website. I also have 6 Lippincott apps on my phone that I have been using not only to study but also to get the practice in for the questions. I'm just getting frustrated because my biggest fear is failing out due to not being able to pass a test even though I know and understand the content. I do fine on the assignments. I've also been told I do the best work out of the whole class on the assignments and in clinicals. I think A+ hands on care is more important than A+ book knowledge but like my instructor said, the best nurses can do both and if I don't tackle this problem I will struggle immensely on the NCLEX.
I was also wanting to go straight into the RN program after this but now I don't know if it's a good idea. I'm seriously considering working for a year to have time to prepare myself for the RN year and test taking.
I am currently prepping for the NCLEX RN and my struggle with testing anxiety still thrives, I actually take a Beta blocker to help manage it ("performance anxiety") and throughout nsg school I had testing accommodations for extra time and tested in my own lil' closet of a room (at the University's "Disabilities Resource Office," in the Library)
I had too much pride (or maybe shame/embarrassment??) when I first started NSG school, and my Anxiety,(kind-of)unfortunately, resulted in failing a NSG Course. I say kind-of, bc, THANKFULLY the program was great in understanding and respecting that the anxiety was not simply an excuse or result of "poor preparation," but rather, a true, condition.
When in discussion (class/clinical/one-on-one with professors), I KNEW MY STUFF. But I remember the first time a professor called me out on my testing abilities. Prior to a quiz, I was verbally answering all of the questions during class discussion. The prof handed out the quiz, and one by one every other student left the room. Time was up, I walked to the front of the classroom and handed in my BLANK/UNANSWERED Quiz!!! She asked me what happened?.... I couldn't get past the word "The." During the quiz, all I could hear was the clock ticking (literally, like it was a church bell!), everyone's pencils writing, and then as students stood up to bc they were finished my heart raced more and more! I couldn't think straight. Heck, I don't even remember if I managed to write my name on the quiz. LOL
Anywho, sorry for the brief ramble, but I just wanted to stress that you are not alone and the possible issue of Testing Anxiety WILL NOT stop you from achieving your dreams. Remember, you are surrounded by nurses..... past, future, and present! I know hands on how frustrating and even discouraging it can feel to be the only student (in my case) who can't test comfortably like other student's do. With that being said, I would also like to mention that the anxiety r/t feeling like the odd man out, lessens quite quickly.. (At least for me).. I was blessed with classmates who didn't look down on me for a second bc I required accommodations, but instead, encouraged & supported me for taking the initiative to not only ask for help, but get the appropriate help.
Never give up on your dreams. When feeling discouraged, I just take a moment to breathe and remind myself, "Look, PayitForwardHolistic, you made it this far for a reason, you want to be a nurse, Be a Nurse!. You have a purpose in this world!" It helps redirect my racing (panicked in fear of failure) heart... to return the passionate beat which drives me and my dedication to PayitForward.
*Please Note: The above statement is personal to me. I am not suggesting or recommending that anyone and everyone out there who feels anxious during exams will need and/or require meds or the specific accommodations which I received (based on the DSM_IV).