How to Overcome Test Anxiety in Nursing School

Nursing student in ogden utah learn how to overcome test anxiety

Testing Anxiety

Wanting to overcome test anxiety is quite common among students in a school setting. Often, students are so worried about how their test scores are going to turn out that they experience anxiety, some levels more severe than others. There are ways to prepare for a test that will decrease the level of anxiety and a student will be able to focus on the test without worrying about their performance. Some general preparation guidelines on how to overcome test anxiety in nursing school include:

  • Develop study habits and strategies that are efficient.
  • Manage your time wisely, don’t procrastinate your studies.
  • Organize your study materials to better review them.
  • Create a step-by-step approach, look at all aspects, to better help you prepare for each test.
  • Look at your last test- what needs to be improved upon? What could you have done better? Review aspects of your last test.

Here are more preparation guidelines to help reduce your stress levels:

  • Looking at the test with a more confident appearance will help immensely. Take the test in stride- view it as an opportunity to show how much you studied and reward yourself after the test is done.
  • Prepare yourself! Thoroughly examine and organize all materials before your test, use a checklist if necessary.
  • Comfort while taking the test will ease your stress- pick a location with good lighting and little to no distractions.
  • Do not cram information in right before the test- this will increase anxiety. Review all information well before the test.
  • Enter the testing area early. Allowing yourself more time to relax before the test will help you to examine your surroundings, and help you pick a place with better lighting and fewer distractions.
  • Separate yourself from other students who may not be as well prepared. Negative thoughts and expressions will make you question your preparation.
  • Exercise. This will bring blood to the brain and will help your thinking function.
  • A good night’s sleep will help you feel rested for the test.
  • Eat healthy foods, feed your brain with fruits and vegetables. Stay away from processed foods, for they can disrupt the brain function.
  • Take a snack or other form of nourishment to take your mind off your anxiety. Again, stay away from processed foods such as candy, that containing high grams of sugar.

During your test, make sure you:

  1. Read the instructions- don’t skim through them, actually read them.
  2. Check how long you have to take your test, then estimate how much time you can spend on each question.
  3. Change your body position to help you relax and focus.
  4. If you are stuck on a question and cannot figure out what the answer is, skip it and go on to the next one. If the test you are taking is an essay test, pick one question and begin writing. The answer may come to mind.
  5. Don’t get flustered if another student finishes before you do. It is not a race; take as much time as is available for your test.

When you have completed the test, review how you did

  • Make a list on what worked, it doesn’t matter how small they may seem, they are helping lead you to success.
  • Make a list on what needs improvement.
  • Review all your strategies.
  • Celebrate that you are one step closer to overcoming this hurdle in your testing career!

If you suffer with test anxiety, make sure to express these concerns to your instructor far in advance. They may be able to go over the material with you to help you feel more comforted in your studies.

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Happy Testing!

Happy Nurses Week 2014!

Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. This year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected “Nurses Leading the Way” as the theme for 2014.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, who comprise the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. During this week, Nightingale College honors its registered nurse graduates, current RN nursing students, and all nurses that walk in the footsteps of Florence Nightingale. Florence truly lit up the path for our success with her unwavering values.

Today and always, Nightingale College and its graduates walk in her footsteps of excellence, integrity, respecting humanity, continuous improvement, collaboration and accountability, and going beyond self.

Nightingale College understands the role RNs play in the ongoing improvement and transformation of health care systems of this great nation. ANA reports, “The Affordable Care Act and the Institute of medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing report places nurses at the center of health care transformation in the United States.” Nightingale College invites RNs everywhere to positively influence the quality of care and overall performance of the health care system to which they belong.

Happy nurses week 2014!

Nightingale is Now a Member of the SOC

Nightingale College is Now Officially a Member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium

Nightingale College was approved to join a special group of 1900 colleges and universities to help serve the National Guard, reserves, new recruits, and veterans, in addition to more than 500,000 active-duty servicemembers. The College affirms its commitment to help assist the special conditions faced by military students who want to obtain a college education.

What is the SOC Consortium?

Servicemembers Opportunity CollegesThe SOC Consortium, comprised of 1,900 college and university members, enrolls hundreds of thousands of servicemembers, their family members, and veterans annually in associate, bachelor, and graduate-level degree programs on school campuses, military installations, armories within the United States and overseas, and through distance learning and learning assessment. These voluntary programs are a significant joint venture and require strong commitment and coordination among academic institutions and agencies, the Military Services, including the Coast Guard, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).

SOC is a vehicle to help coordinate voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for servicemembers. SOC does this by:

  • seeking to stimulate and help the higher education community understand and respond to special needs of servicemembers;
  • advocating the flexibility needed to improve access to and availability of educational programs for servicemembers;
  • helping the Military Services, including the Coast Guard, understand the resources, limits, and requirements of higher education;
  • helping the higher education community understand the resources, limits, and requirements of the Military Services, including the Coast Guard; and
  • seeking to strengthen liaison and working relationships among military and higher education representatives.

To read more about the SOC please visit the SOC Consortium website

Nightingale College Now Offers Yellow Ribbon

As a member of the SOC, the College applied and was approved for the Yellow Ribbon program. The Yellow Ribbon program makes additional financial aid funds available for qualified candidate’s education without an additional charge to the GI bill entitlement. The College voluntarily entered into the Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA. VA matches the amount selected by the College and issues payments directly to the institution.

To read more about, visit: Yellow Ribbon Program – Education and Training

Nightingale College Thanks All Servicemembers

Nightingale College thanks all Servicemembers for their sacrifice. The College is dedicated to doing what it can to help aid Servicemembers in their nursing education goals. The College is finalizing the Department of Defense (DoD) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), after which, the College will be able to offer military students Tuition Assistance. Our kindest regards go to all our Servicemembers and their families.

When You Should Attend a Nursing School in Utah With a Higher Cost

Selecting which nursing school to attend is important. Choosing the right RN program for you is critical to your success in and after school. This video outlines the Opportunity Costs associated with selecting the right college for you.

It all comes down to what is called OPPORTUNITY COST. Simple put, it is the positive or negative cost we incur because of our decisions. Here is a simple example:
Let’s say that we have two nursing programs with identical outcomes. One has a total program cost of $12,000 and is 24 months long and the second has a total program cost of $40,000 but can be completed in 16 months. Please consider All else in the programs to be equal, accept for the money and length of program, for example: the same student, same teachers, same learning opportunities, and same curriculum is taught and learned at both programs. If I was to ask you right now which program would you want to attend there would be, most likely, a universal response…the first one, because tuition is just under one-third the cost of the second. Because most everyone answers program number 1 there will, most likely, be a high number of applications. Which means limited seats available, wait lists, denial letters, and for some, years of little to no career progression.  But what about program number 2, because the tuition cost is over 3x that of program number 1 we put it out of our minds. Let’s look at the cost of that decision.

Two Students Selecting Two Different Nursing Programs

We will call our student Abigale, and compare the cost of her decision of selecting the nursing program at College number 1 vs. the program at college number 2. Let’s look at the moment of time she graduates from the longer program. Abigale, from program 1 graduates in 24 months at a cost of $12,000; she becomes licensed, and starts earning an RN salary. At that moment, Abigale from program 2 will have been graduated with a cost of $40,000, become licensed, and has a potential RNs income for 8 months. So at that moment,

Abigale at program 2 has a cost of $40,000 + she has her RNs income over the 8 months. According to bureau of labor statistics, and lets just pick a state, let’s say Utah, they report the average annual wage of an RN to be $59,810, so let’s estimate semi-conservatively and say starting wage for a new nurse is $45,000. That’s $ 3,750 per month, so 8 months of this wage is 30,000. So Abigale at program 2 has a cost of $40,000 + the potential income of $30,000. The loss of $30,000 of earnings, if she attends program 1, is the opportunity cost of attending that program and not getting the RNs salary sooner.

Which Nursing Program Looks Better?

Attendance at Program 2 is advised because the difference in tuition cost is outweighed by the income of an RNs Salary for those 8 months. And an 8 month head start in the work place for some professions could mean that graduates from Program 2 are training graduates from Program 1. This evaluation is the opportunity cost associated with selecting school number 1 over school number 2.
Now let’s look at a second situation where Abigale could attend two programs, still with the costs of $12,000 and $40,000, but this time the program lengths are the same, but, because there are so many applicants at program 1 Abigale is denied entry into program 1 for one year…..remember all else being equal. With program 2 however, Abigale starts this year.

Opportunity Cost Associated With Nursing Program Selection

What is the opportunity cost associated with selecting program 1 over program 2 by the time Abigale would graduate from program 1?
At program number 1, Abigale waits 12 months, start the RN program, graduates with a cost of $12,000, gets licensed and starts working as an RN. At program number 2, by this time, Abigale has started and finished her program, got licensed and has worked for 12 months as an RN earning a starting salary of what we mentioned earlier, $45,000. Abigale at program 2 has a cost of $40,000 + 1 year of salary of $45,000 and an entire year of work experience. So I ask you again, Why should you attend a Program with a higher tuition? And the answer is: When the opportunity cost outweighs the cost of tuition.
Just to wrap up, Opportunity Cost is critical and will help you make the best decision for you and your financial future.

      When considering a Program, please also consider these items:
  • Wait lists
  • Available seats
  • Cost
  • Completion time
  • Attending straight through or does the program schedule summers off
  • Job placement/ Career Services
  • Licensing exam pass rates
  • Starting salaries
  • Tuition increase over time
  • Each of these items may play a role in your opportunity cost calculations.


Thanks again for joining us! And this has been another production from Illuminations!

Successful ACEN Site Visit!

Nightingale College is proud to announce that the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program hosted a successful site visit for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). ACEN site evaluators recommended the program for initial accreditation for a 5-year term. The remaining 2 tiers in the initial accreditation process are the Evaluation Review Panel (ERP), June 2 – 6, 2014, and the Board of Commissioners Meeting, July 10 – 11, 2014, both of which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia. The College will receive the final decision letter in mid-August 2014.

Nightingale College thanks all its staff, students, graduates, and community partners that contributed to this momentous event!

Nightingale College Valedictorian Address, Jan 2014

Public Notice: ACEN Site Visit In January!

Nightingale College will host a site review for initial accreditation of its Associate Degree Nursing Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

You are invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments about the program at 3:00pm on January 22, 2014 at Nightingale College, 4155 Harrison Blvd., Suite 100, Ogden, UT 84403.

Written comments can be emailed directly to:

Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer


All written comments should be received by January 14, 2014

Nightingale College’s Commercials: Confidence, Competence, Compassion

Nightingale College has just released three new commercials highlighting its mission to graduate students with Confidence, Competence, and Compassion!

Nightingale College Graduates It’s Students with Confidence

Nightingale College Graduates It’s Students with Competence

Nightingale College Graduates It’s Students with Compassion

National vs. Regional Accreditation Animated Video

ABC 4 News Interviews Nightingale’s CEO Mikhail Shneyder, Nursing College Utah


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Nightingale College is the right choice for you if you are looking to go to nursing school in Utah. Our program is student centric and outcome driven. If you are looking to learn more about how to become a registered nurse and do so in just 16 months, call the Nursing Program Admissions team at (801) 689-2160 or request more information from our website. Our blended delivery of instruction increases the flexibility of being able to watch classroom instruction anywhere. Each student receives personalized attention during the clinical instruction. With no waiting list it is time for you to start your career in nursing. Nightingale College also offers qualified candidates a guaranteed acceptance into the next open semester. Our RN Program is perfect if you want to attend the #1 Nursing School of Choice in Utah.

Don’t wait, call (801) 689-2160

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