Ward Class

An Online Resource Site For Student Nurses

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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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The December 2012 PRC Nursing Board Exam Result is already available here at Ward Class and at Pinoy R.N.




Survival Tips For Nursing Students


Attending nursing school is no child's play. Long lectures, countless requirements, tedious clinical rotations, frustrating exams--everything can be really arduous. In response to the plight of every nursing student, Ward Class gives you tips to help you survive Nursing School.

Be A Pro In Class
  • Always attend classes and always look interested, no matter how boring lectures can get. Some instructors are fond of giving surprise quizzes. Getting a low mark because you just can't get the topic is better than getting a zero after all.
  • Sit in the front row. Sitting where your instructor can see you will help you be more attentive in class (and probably discourage you from cheating during exams!).
  • Never ever let your instructor catch you sleeping in class unless you want to be at the top of his/her 'most-hated' list.
  • Take good notes even if your BFF or your seatmate has a better handwriting or despite the fact that the photocopier in school makes really, really clear copies. Studying your own notes is better than deciphering someone else's.
  • Make mentors out of your tormentors. Even if your instructors are despicable (in other words total jerks) most of the time, do not be a pain in the arse yourself. Deal with every situation maturely. Do not antagonize instructors but don't assume the presidency of their respective fan clubs either.
  • Rise to the occasion once in a while. Exert effort to impress your instructor and the whole class during case presentations, discussions, or any class activity. The goal here is not to be the ultimate teacher's pet but to communicate to them that you have gray matter between your eyes.
  • Network with classmates and instructors. Establishing good interpersonal relationships are always beneficial for you. After all, there is truth to the saying 'No man is an island'.
Love, Love, Love Your Books
  • Make the most of your books--read them!
  • Using a highlighter, mark the parts emphasized by your instructor during lectures. Take note of concepts you do not understand so you can read on them later.
  • Remember to outline each chapter and segregate the must-knows from the nice-to-knows.
  • Invest in a good reference book other than those required by your instructor. A good example are NCLEX review books because they are simplified and therefore can serve as your guide.
Formulate A Study Plan
  • Having a study plan from the beginning will better prepare you for exams and the challenges of nursing school in general.
  • Buy a planner, a pocket calendar, a Pocket PC, a PDA, a smart phone, an iPhone, or an iPod Touch and use it to jot down deadlines, requirements, and exam schedules. It doesn't matter how low-tech or hi-tech you can get as long as what you buy serves the purpose.
  • Set a realistic daily and monthly study schedule and follow it. Allow ample time for rest and leisure.
  • Determine what type of learner you are. You can either study alone or in a group. Either way, make sure you stick to your objectives.
Make The Most Out Of Exams
  • Study days beforehand. This will help you get rid of the crippling anxiety because you already have the advantage of knowing you have prepared well for your exams.
  • Do not cheat. There is no point in getting good grades if you do not deserve it. If you have the teeny-tiniest urge to cheat even in the most mundane of snap quizzes, nip it in the bud before you get used to it.
  • Do not wear constricting clothing. Poor circulation is not good for your brain.:)
Do Your Best During Clinical Rotations
  • Prepare all the things you need for clinicals the night before. This will help lessen your anxiety.
  • Know your clinical instructor. A little information on your instructor's teaching style will go a long way and will help you make the most out of your clinical rotation.
  • If you are not familiar with a procedure assigned to you, read on them or ask your instructor for help. Bear in mind that you should be given assignments that are at your level of your training, experience, and competency.
  • Know your laboratory values. Better yet, jot them down in a small notebook so you can access them as you monitor your patients regularly.
  • Be courteous and helpful to the nursing staff. Remember, goodness begets goodness.
  • Think safety! No matter how busy you are with all the written requirements assigned by your instructor, attend to your patients first.
  • Always report clinical errors. Remember, your patient's welfare and your instructor's license is at stake here. Although writing incident reports can be a real bummer, you just have to accept this aspect of your whole nursing school experience and learn from it.
Be Resourceful
  • Do not limit yourselves to classroom discussions and required textbooks--if you need polishing in a concept, research on it using other references such as journals and other reference books.
  • Use the internet to your advantage. Research on requirements from countless web resources. Join online nursing communities to share experiences and tips with nurses and other student nurses.
Get A Life
  • Succeeding in nursing school isn't synonymous to wallowing in your GEEKdom.
  • Stay healthy. Staying focused on your goal means maintaining a healthy student life. You can attend nursing school while allowing your self some time for your hobbies and learn new things as well. Start blogging, learn a new language, watch movies, go out with your friends, or spend quality time with your family.
You may be having a hard time coping with the challenges of nursing school right now but the thing is, in order to succeed, think and act the way achievers do. Believe that graduation is inevitable. Stay focused on your goal, make the most out of available resources, and love what you are doing. And sooner than expected, you will definitely reap the fruits of your hard work.

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