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  1. Edelman, MaryAnn MS, CNS, RN
  2. Ficorelli, Carmel MS, FNP, RN


Anxiety reactions are common to situations perceived as threatening; however, excessive anxiety may paralyze an individual and interfere with effective functioning. Nursing students and nursing orientees face multiple stressors as they progress through a competitive and oftentimes grueling nursing program or job orientation. This article will focus on the experience of test anxiety in nursing students and new orientees and measures the nurse educator may employ in reducing this anxiety to facilitate learner progression through a nursing program or orientation.