So you failed your Sterile Processing certification exam?

Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is, you're not alone. Nearly 40% of Sterile Processing exam takers in the US walk away from the test with a failure notice.

And the bad news? Well, if you're reading this article, that means you're probably one of them. If not, you may be an educator, manager, co-worker, or friend who is trying to help someone cope with the gut-punch they just received after their exam.

Since I know the last thing you want to do after studying for months is read ANOTHER long article, I'll cut to the chase on this one.

#1 Failure does not define you.

Yep, I went with the cliché. But seriously, I get it. This exam was personal for you. It's your job after all. Everyone in your department probably knew you were going to take it, and everyone will be asking how you did when you get back to work. Unless you kept it all a big secret, folks will know that you didn't pass right off the bat.

So what? Those people in the testing center don't know you. They don't know how hard you worked, how long you studied, or how many other responsibilities you had at home that made it harder for you to study. And since they don't know you, they can't define who you are. This is one test, and one grade. You are defined by so much more.