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An Online Resource Site For Student Nurses


Ward Class is an online resource for student nurses. Created with the aim of helping student nurses cope with the demands of nursing school and clinicals, it offers free downloads, notes, sample NCPs, sample drug studies, study aids, news and updates, and practical tips to its users.

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Eating to Succeed: Tips for the June 2008 Nurse Licensure Examination

With the June 2008 Nurse Licensure Examination fast approaching, we can just imagine how tired and anxious our beloved test-takers must be right now. We can almost see you depleting your energy reserves with all the formal review classes you attend, the study group sessions you join, the supplemental readings you do at home, and all those fatty and sugar-laden food and snacks you consume hurriedly in trying to make the most out of your study sessions.

We know for certain that reviewing is so taxing and you need to boost your energy levels so we came up with tips to help you eat right as you prepare for the June 2008 NLE.
  • Have a healthy breakfast. Ditch your weight-loss diet plan for a moment and focus on eating foods that will keep you energetic throughout the day. Having cereals with some fruit and protein is a healthy way to start your day. Stay away from oily and sugary foods as they will make you sluggish in a matter of hours.
  • Eat small-sized meals. The idea here is to maintain your energy levels by eating small amounts of food every 3 to 4 hours. Eating small meals spaced out throughout the day is better than consuming 3 large meals as the latter will only make you drowsy and unable to concentrate on your review.
  • Eat healthy amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Do not eliminate a certain food group from your diet as all three are essential in boosting your energy levels. Carbohydrates will be your main energy source and proteins and fats act as energy reserves and will help keep you sated throughout the day.
  • Incorporate fiber into your diet. Fruits and vegetables are your ever-important fiber sources. Fiber will help you last the day by maintaining sugar levels in your body . Snacking on fruit will also promote regular elimination patterns. You don't want to be constipated from this day onward, do you?
  • Think Omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in tuna and salmon will improve cognitive function and enhance information processing.
  • Maintain hydration. As examination day draws near, make sure to drink lots of fluids to keep you hydrated. You can also have fruit juices to keep you noursihed and fresh throughout those long hours of studying.
  • Keep caffeine intake in moderation. Two to three cups of coffee per day (approximately 200 to 300 mg of caffeine) will help improve concentration and set the setting, so to speak. Beyond that will adversely affect your sleeping pattern such that you won't be able to stick to your study plan the following day.
The next time you reach for that slice of pizza or that bag of potato chips, think of all those months you spent preparing and reviewing for the exams. You are just a few days away from your goal and in order to get there, you have to be a 'smart eater' and start 'eating to succeed'.


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