HELP! Last semester of RN school...

  1. Hello!
    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.
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  3. by   smatrang001
    Exercising helps. Yoga especially before a test helps with the anxiety.
  4. by   LoriRNCM
    That totally sounds like test anxiety. It's not that you don't know the material. I'm sorry about your daddy.