Just wondering...

  1. I am currently a class where The subject itself is hard, but the teacher I have gives very difficult quizes and tests. I am normally not only an A student, but rarely miss any items on a test. In this class I am getting B and C. (still either the highest or the 2nd highest grade in the class) The teacher heard us say we had test anxiety sometimes. She told us to watch out an don't do that on a patient (the blanking out associated with test anxiety). I only have the anxiety in this class..do you think it means that I will be a bad nurse because I have test anxiety in a NON CLINICAL class?

    Just wondering
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  3. by   jdomep
    I too am a student who gets quite anxious before exams (they are tricky) I was a 4.0 upon my return to school last year and in this nursing program (as of this weeks exam) am at 81% (doesn't make me happy but I'll have to get over that).

    I do not think that will make us bad nurses it's the stress of exams and knowing we have to get a certain grade to pass... One of our teachers told us last night a little anxiety is good it is at that point that you tend to learn and retain information- it's the "a lot" of anxiety that can hurt you...

    Good luck...
  4. by   MelH
    :kiss det01......noooooooooooooooooo darlin'!!! I just recently made an 84 on my last test (I am currently adjusting to this new grade ) I posted what I had made on the BB and a person posted and said "a nurse once told me an A=RN, B=RN, & a C=RN." Don't let the grades get you distracted. Stay focused and study hard! Don't worry about blanking out in clinicals...if you are new (especially if you are new) you are going to have moments when you are stuck and don't know what to do-in that case you ask your instructor and if they don't know you go to a floor nurse. Don't forget you are learning so you are expected to ask questions. I am sure even the most experienced nurse sometimes has a "brain fart" and forgets the most simplest things at times! Don't sweat it! If you blank out on something just ask! Just don't be afraid to ask because if you don't know you never will know if you don't ask! Good luck to you!
    Last edit by MelH on Sep 28, '02
  5. by   ntigrad
    I second that last post! Also, it doesn't matter if you blank out in class. When you get into the clinical situation and begin learning to apply what you're learning in school, its very different. Not to say you will always have the answer, but it's one thing to read about it, it's another to do it. It often looks different than you think and you go, "Oh, I understand that now". When that happens, you will be ok. Often it's easier than you think too. Allot of what we do gets to be routine and second nature that you don't forget that easily. We all ask ourselves that "will-I-be-a-good-nurse" question. If you are that concerned about it then chances are the answer is "yes". If not, you wouldn't care. Sorry for rambling but I really want to encourage you not to sweat the small stuff. When you get the point in school that I am, you'll understand.
    God bless you!
  6. by   researchrabbit
    No, actually, if your teacher is not handing out ANY A's (and this is a regular occurence), s/he really needs to reconsider the test questions, the text, and the teaching itself. OR consider grading on the curve...
  7. by   beaRNwhenIgroUP
    originally posted by researchrabbit
    no, actually, if your teacher is not handing out any a's (and this is a regular occurence), s/he really needs to reconsider the test questions, the text, and the teaching itself. or consider grading on the curve...

    i am still trying to figure out the mentality of a prof. that can rationalize to his/herself that it's a massive test anxiety problem that is effecting the grades negatively???!!!

    i mean...if a c or b is the highest grade on the test for the whole class...then who, in actuality, is failing???

    geez...we have one of these profs in our program too. i find this very annoying...


    ps - i think your gpa, obvious dedication to excelling, willingness to ask questions all indicate - to me - that as long as you continue with the same drive you will become a good nurse... freezing on an exam because the prof obviously asks questions that are beyond your scope of knowledge cannot be an indicator - because in reality, as mentioned above, in clinicals you will be able to ask someone for guidance and/or input...
  8. by   det01
    Thank you for the encouragement. I was told the same thing today by a nurse..she said to always remeber C=RN. She had the same teacher and said that sometimes in the end the grades go up, and just to do my best and not worry about it. Again, thanks for the encouragement, i made me feel better.