Strategies to Manage Students’ Test Anxiety and Low Confidence

Strategies to Manage Students’ Test Anxiety and Low Confidence

An undetermined number of students suffer from test anxiety. This condition can result in poor performance in both the classroom and clinical situations. This presentation will focus on distinguishing between test anxiety and poor study habits. Strategies will be presented to identify early students who suffer from test anxiety. Strategies will be presented to screen all students, then intervene to ensure that students have the best possible chance for success in nursing school. It is critical that these issues be addressed so graduating students are confident on NCLEX and begin their first position as professional nurses.


Helen A. Gordon, CNM, DNP

Helen A. Gordon, CNM, DNP, Associate Professor of Nursing at NC Central University. Dr. Gordon’s role is to teach the senior seminar course and half of her duties include serving as the NCLEX Success Coach, working individually and in small groups with every graduating senior. Dr. Gordon has 18 years of teaching experience and has focused on senior students and preparation for NCLEX for the last 12 years. She was on faculty at Duke University for 15 years. At present her focus is working with academically at-risk students who need a focus approach for NCLEX preparation. She holds a DNP degree from Case Western Reserve University in Educational Leadership (2012) and was designated with one faculty of the year award (2011) at Duke Univerity and designated two times ABSN Faculty of the Year (2005, 2011).