Forget NCLEX Anxiety

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Probably one of the most common findings I hear from many new nurses when it comes to taking their NCLEX exam is how incredibly anxious they become. Whether it may be the night before the test, right before taking the test or during the test; NCLEX anxiety is a common problem among many nurses. Some people become so anxious that it literally stops them from moving forward. But is taking prescription drugs the answer? Let’s find out and see.

Know that it’s okay

It is completely normal to feel anxious prior to taking the exam, we all do. The trick is how to deal with it. If you get overly anxious with the idea of taking the NCLEX than chances are you have been anxious before in other situations. Think about what you did before that helped.

Do you have Anxiety Disorder?

If you have seen a physician or psychiatrist before for anxiety and they have prescribed you medication, then by all means take it. Depending on how you normally react to the medication (i.e drowsiness) you should take this into consideration. As in don’t test your first dose of Xanax the night before your NCLEX exam.

Get Unfamiliar

If you have taken the exam before or similar exams and you tend to draw blank and then that’s a sign that you don’t know the material as much as you think you do. You may need more study time to build that confidence. If you don’t believe that’s it for you, then I suggest you start taking practice exams in unfamiliar quiet places, for example the library. Taking practice exams at home in a comfortable setting will not help you overcome your anxiety. However taking it in unfamiliar places will give your brain the illusion of the NCLEX exam in order to train it to become more comfortable.

Now here’s what I want YOU to do.

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