When I got to the stage where I sat the actual examination, I did not know what to expect. I knew that I had studied well, but I did not think that I would do as well as I thought I would. In fact, I found myself preparing even more, since I expected to do poorly on this stage! I began my preparations by doing as much reading as I could, reading everything from medical journals to basic first aid and pregnancy guides. My study guide for this stage of the course was entitled ‘TEAS Nursing Examination Help.’
I decided that I would do my practice examination using the same book that I had bought. From the cover, I recognised that it was going to be a practical one, and I looked forward to my time in the classroom. The time for the written section was going to be a bit longer than usual, so I was glad that I had borrowed my mother’s old book. I spent a lot of time reading this book as well, so that I would be prepared for my written examination.
When I got up to the start of the practical examination, I discovered that my study book had been wrong. The page number that I had used to find my answers was actually off by a letter, making it obvious that I had forgotten to put it in the book! It was a bit disconcerting, but at the time I just chalked it up to a ‘misprint.’ However, it made me wonder whether I had done something wrong, or whether I should really have paid more attention to my preparation. This doubt clouded my mind as I struggled with my answers.
The time was getting closer, and I was getting more nervous. I found myself focusing on every little detail. Suddenly I remembered my teas examination guide, and my hands were growing sweaty. My heart was pounding in my chest, and I found myself becoming really uncomfortable. I knew that I should calm myself down, but there was no way I could think straight!
Suddenly I remembered that I had warmed up a few minutes before. The thought of drinking more water, plus a long hot bath would do me well. I took a deep breath and calmed myself down. I confidently walked towards the chair where Dr Temple was sitting and prepared to ask him my question.
Temple looked up from his paperwork as I approached. He looked concerned and asked me what I had written. I told him I had forgotten to include my Answer to the Tea Examination section and explained that I had been too nervous to write anything down. He looked puzzled for a moment, then said he would look further into my tea experience.
After a short wait, Temple returned with an absolute cure to my anxiety. I was now totally relaxed and eager to take on the examination. I felt strong and healthy, and after a short wait, passed with flying colours! I felt so relieved, and very proud of myself.