Welcome to the final week of ReMar Review’s NCLEX Boot Camp. We’ve come a very long way together, and you should be proud of the accomplishments you’ve made along the way. When we set out on this journey together, our primary goal was to ensure that you were utilizing my material effectively and that by the end of the boot camp you would be prepared to take the NCLEX. If you’ve followed my study calendar, accomplished all the tasks I provided, and feel knowledgeable about the content, then I have faith you are ready to achieve your dreams and would like to present you with my Boot Camp Certificate of Completion below. Because of that, I’d like you all to take a break from our usual routine.
This week I’d like to share something with each of you that has had a profound effect on my life. Each morning I wake up, I ask myself one simple question: Who moved my cheese? You’re probably confused, and why wouldn’t you be? That seems like an odd question to ask yourself, but hear me out.
Who Moved My Cheese is a book written by Dr. Spencer Johnson and it is a perfect analogy for the human struggle and what differentiates those of us who succeed from those who are left behind. Those who are too preoccupied with the past are often unwilling to change. This unwillingness to change often leads to people subconsciously holding themselves back from what they are capable of. As we discussed in a previous week, obstacles are always going to be present in your life and nursing career, but it is up to you to push past them.
That is why I wake up every morning asking myself “Who moved my cheese?” I ask myself that question to remind me to push through the problems of the day and not to spend precious time trying to change that which I cannot change. Don’t be like the people in the maze who try to hold on to the past. Instead, be like the mice, recognize the moment, and seize the future. They never asked where the cheese was, or dwelled on the good old days when they still had it. Instead, they took an active role and searched for it themselves.
I want you to remember this story as you continue your NCLEX studies and even your career as a nurse. I want you to condition yourself into accepting loss and failure as just another facet of your life and then push past it. If someone or something moves your cheese, whatever it may be, don’t dwell on it and just act. Don’t wait for a solution to your problem, instead create it. If you take this proactive outlook on life, I promise you that you will control your future.
That is ultimately why I created this boot camp. While I wanted to help increase your knowledge on the NCLEX material and promote better studying habits, my real goal was to show that you are the only one who is truly in control of your destiny. I can give you the tips and tools necessary to succeed, but it won’t matter unless you use them. If you’ve completed everything by this point, then you can rest assured you have done everything you can to prepare yourself, and I couldn’t be prouder of you.
The question now is, where do you go from here? If you’ve completed everything in my program, in the boot camp, and you feel you have retained the content effectively, then you should ideally be testing within the next few weeks. During this time, I would suggest re-reading your Quick Facts for NCLEX book daily and going back over any material you may have had trouble understanding. Do it each day leading up to the day before your test. Then I want you to take a day off and rest up to take your exam the following day.
If you are among the individuals who did not complete my program by this point, or have completed it but don’t feel confident enough to test immediately, then give yourself a few more weeks to prepare. There is no harm in taking additional time to help advance your knowledge on subjects you haven’t covered yet or may have had issues comprehending. I’ve even included links below to each week of boot camp to help you with your reviewing. As nurses and students, we all have so many factors and responsibilities that use up our time. For some people it’s just impossible to dedicate this much time to their studies, so inherently it will take longer. Just please do not take the test until you have properly prepared yourself, you will only be adding to your anxiety.
Speaking of anxiety, I have had many students express that they have bad test anxiety or that their anxiety is too overwhelming on test day to focus on the exam. If you are one of those students, please know that anxiety is always going to be present when taking an important exam, but there are things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms. Please refer to the following link: http://blogs.uw.edu/wwamispn/psychological-skills/overcoming-test-anxiety/ for some tips and strategies to help you push past the anxiety and fear present on test day. This blog post by The University of Washington’s School of Medicine does a great job at explaining how to overcome test anxiety, and they even provide great methods you can use on test day. Those who have particularly debilitating anxiety on test day should pay close attention to their section on grounding.
Over the past few months I have received countless emails and messages on Facebook and Twitter thanking me for creating this boot camp. The reception from my students has been overwhelmingly positive and I cannot express how grateful I am to hear about how much it has helped you. Now it is my turn to thank to you too. Without you, this would not have been possible. So, thank you for joining me over the last eight weeks and taking the necessary steps towards achieving your future. To show my appreciation I provided a certificate of completion below for all my boot camp graduates. Print out the certificate, fill in your name, and take a picture with it. Be funny, be serious, or even creative. Then do me a favor and share it with me on my Facebook and Twitter page and let me know what drives you to succeed.
As always, I’m here for each of you. If you have additional questions or concerns about anything at all, reach me out to me on Facebook or email me at Support@ReMarReview.com. I love getting feedback and hearing from my students. We’ve reached the final stretch and you are almost there! Now go make your dreams a reality! If you’ve covered all of your content and questions from the DVD Self-Study Program or Online Academy it’s always a good idea to add the NCLEX Ready Question Bank or Quick Facts DVD to give yourself additional practice questions leading up to the week before testing. If you only have Quick Facts please make sure that you have completed a comprehensive review prior to testing to give yourself the best opportunity of success. If you need to add any of the above mentioned resources to complete your preparation for NCLEX, I want you to use the 10% discount code: ReMarNurse when you place your order. I want to make sure that you have everything that you need to move forward with confidence. Remember the past is the past but the future belongs to us. Now let’s go find that cheese!