How to Pass the Nursing Board Exam (2/2)
So here I am looking at my graduation picture, I said to myself “I am a nursing graduate then what?” Reviewing for the board examination means making your schedule fit to the upcoming challenge.
Here is my typical schedule 3 months before the examination:
- Do some breathing exercises and devotional. Having a quite time with the Lord matters a lot not just because it is near the board examination but it was already my routine.
- Start reviewing for 8 to 10 hours a day. Study each topic for three hours in average. Divide each time studying by subject area like, for the first 3 hours study topics in Medical-Surgical Nursing, then the next three hours would be on Obstetrics.
- Have some occasional breaks ranging from 10 minutes to 30 minutes of nap. It is essential to give a rest for your brain cells.
- Feed your mind but don’t forget your tummy too! Avoid caffeine, alcohol, smoking but eat lots of chocolate. Glucose is necessary for proper brain function so for a while take away those guilty feelings of gaining weight and splurge with chocolates, dark chocolates in particular are recommended.
- Sleep within six to eight hours.
- Program your body to wake up early and sleep early like you are about to take the board examination the next day.
- Coordinate with folks at home to cooperate in terms of silence or noise reduction during your review.
Two weeks before the examination
- Prepare your materials, uniform and food etc. for the examination.
- Plan to stay in a place or a different area wherein it is conducive to studying.
Seven days before the examination
- Try to refrain from opening your books
- Open it when rationalizing only
- Eat well
- Pray and have a silent time
- Attract positive vibes
When did I know it was enough?
It was four days before the board examination when I dream of taking the board examination without my glasses. I was really into panic since I am myopic and my glasses are one of the things that I must bring daily. In my dream, I even asked the proctor if I could go back at our place where we were staying. Failing to gain the approval, I was really anxious and just stared at the first part of the examination. My feet started to numb and suddenly I woke up. It was only a dream!
I was wearing my eyeglasses and about to crush it with my weight. I was on Semi-Fowler’s position and my test drills were all over my bed. It was that moment that I realized it is time to rest and be contented on whatever I have learned.
I took my glasses and placed it gently on my pink case. Prayed a fervent prayer to God and tucked myself properly. By the way it was 5 o’clock in the morning that time I woke up. I returned to sleep and woke up at 8, at that time I was not holding anything that was nursing related, I was just holding my sunglasses and about to dive at the pool.
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