Certification exams can be perceived as a method to judge your nursing care. Failure on the exam is perceived as a failure in your ability to provide quality care. Detaching the exam from bedside competence is an essential step toward success. The more you project personal skill on the exam, the higher the level of stress will become.
To reduce test-taking stress, evaluate the stakes rationally. Sure, you will be out the price of the exam, but failing the exam does not mean that you are a terrible nurse. Did you know that most physicians have to take board certifications more than once? Once you are certified, no one will wonder if you took the exam more than once.
You might want to keep your exam prep to yourself. However, your friends and family may be reliable support systems for you as you prepare. Those close to you can help you to decrease your anxiety levels. Ask your family and friends to be part of your certification team by testing your knowledge with flashcards. With the help of your family, friends and The Nursing Prof, you ill feel more confident going into your certification exam.