Many people often choose the wrong techniques to calm their exam nerves, says student nurse, Mikey Whitehead
I can write this article quite honestly as I used to practice the wrong techniques too. However, soon I realised that nerves would be something that I would have to get used to.
Already I know that whoever you are, you are tough. You have thick skin and a strong stomach. This is evident as you have made it into nursing. You are reading this which shows you are keen and passionate. It can help to accept the fact that starting placement each term, sitting exams and constantly meeting new people will at times make you feel nervous and apprehensive. It’s normal, in fact you might perform better with nerves – that’s what their there for, to help heighten your six senses. Embrace these feelings: do not be scared of them.
I have learned how to do this by accepting the fact that I am nervous, and just before I walk on to a new ward or enter an exam hall, I always whisper under my breath: “I am going to do very well here. I am meant to be here doing this job, I will succeed in doing this”. I turn my nerves into feelings of confidence, even if I am not feeling like that at the time.
You’re probably aware of how important a good night’s sleep is by now, so make sure this is top of the priority list as well. Also, I can feel a huge difference in my cognitive abilities if my diet is healthy.
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Mikey Whitehead is the student nurse editor for children’s nursing for student nursing times.