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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.




Last-Minute Reminders for the June 2009 Nursing Board Exam

Only two days!

I assume that those who will be taking the Nursing Board Exam on June 6 & 7 already checked out their respective examination sites. Visiting the examination site will be a good preparation for the examinees as they will be able to determine the route they will take during the day of the exam. Think of it as a rehearsal run to ensure punctuality during the June 2009 Nursing Board Exam.

Also, prepare your June 2009 Nursing Board Exam essentials in advance. Below is the list of the things you need to bring during the nursing board exam:
  • 2 or more pencils (sharpened)
  • black ball pen
  • Notice of Admission
  • PRC receipt
  • 1 meter-postage stamped window mailing envelope
  • 1 long brown envelope
  • 1 transparent plastic long envelope
  • 1 non-programmable calculator
  • sharpener (optional)
  • meals and snacks (optional)
  • bottled water with labels removed (optional)
  • emergency medicine kit (optional)

You are expected to wear a prescribed uniform during the June 2009 Nursing Board Exam. This has been brought to your attention by your nursing school or by the PRC. Ensure that what you will be wearing during the nursing board exam fits comfortably.

Also remember to consume well-balanced meals (stay away from spicy and oily food) to avoid intestinal or gastric distress during the day of the exam. It will also be best that you prepare an emergency medicine kit containing anti-diarrheals and no-drowse medications for colds and allergies as previously suggested.

Furthermore, you need to have ADEQUATE rest and sleep at least two days before the nursing board exam. So if you haven't wrapped up your review yet, you have to do it now because after the long, rigorous hours of studying, you body needs to recharge for the big day ahead.

Lastly, THINK POSITIVELY and surround yourself with positive people. You know you prepared well for the June 2009 Nursing Board Exam and so in a matter of days, success will be yours!

Good luck!


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June 2009 Nursing Board Exam Review Notes: Alzheimer's Disease

Wait, before you wrap up your review for the June 2009 Nursing Board Exam, here are some quick facts you need to know about Alzheimer's Disease. Alzheimer's Disease is a common topic in the nursing board exam so there is a big possibility that questions will be asked regarding the disease. Here goes:

  • Alzheimer's Disease is often referred to as Senile Dementia.
  • Alzheimer's Disease is a degenerative disease (involves loss of neurons and synapses in the cerebral cortex and certain subcortical regions) which accounts for 60-75% of all dementias and is a brain disorder which affects a person's ability to go about his daily activities.
  • The earliest recognizable symptom of Alzheimer's Disease is memory loss and diagnosis is usually made after behavioral assessments, cognitive tests, and brain scans such as CT scan and MRI. A definitive diagnosis, however, can only be made after autopsy.
  • Alzheimer's Disease usually begins after age 60 and the risk goes up as the individual grows older. The risk of having Alzheimer's Disease also increases with a familial history of the disease.
  • There are four identified stages of Alzheimer's Disease and no matter what the stage, the main focus of the caregiver is providing a safe environment for the elderly patient. Caregivers should remember that early in the disease process, the client with Alzheimer's Disease may be at risk for suicide as they may become depressed or anxious. Providing a safe environment also means checking on the client regularly, lowering the bed, using appropriate lighting, and avoiding the use of restraints.
  • Another thing to consider about individuals with Alzheimer's Disease is that they experience Sundowning or "late-day dementia", a state of confusion that occurs at the end of the day. Sundowning is aggravated by fatigue, low-lighting, and shadows. Using appropriate lighting and reorienting the client to his environment will help reduce agitation and disorientation.
  • Since patients with Alzheimer's Disease will be disoriented to time and place as the disease progresses, it is also important to establish a structured environment and simple routines. The caregiver should give the client simple directions to minimize agitation Never pressure client as this can lead to further agitation and combative behavior. It also important to help reorient the client with the use of calendars and clocks.
  • Since memory loss is the earliest recognizable symptom of Alzheimer's Disease, the caregiver should help stimulate memory by engaging the client in conversation and bringing in familiar items like photographs and items from home.
  • While a client of Alzheimer's Disease is at risk for wandering and a confined area for wandering is needed, the client should not be isolated and a stimulating environment should be provided.
  • Clients with late-stage Alzheimer's Disease require assistance with all activities of daily living. The caregiver at this point should focus on providing adequate hydration and nutrition as well as assisting with elimination.
  • The most common medications for Alzheimer's Disease are tacrine (Cognex), donezepil (Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon), or galantamine (Reminyl). Ony donezepil (Aricept) is approved for the treatment of advanced-stage Alzheimer's Disease. When giving these drugs, watch out for bradycardia and side effects like anorexia, weight loss, muscle cramps, nausea, and vomiting.
Well, I hope this helps. Good luck, future nurses!

Note: Ward Class and Pinoy R.N. will be posting updates on PRC Room Assignments, last-minute reminders, board exam tips, and exam results for the June 2009 PRC Nursing Board Exam.

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Prayer for the June 2009 Nursing Board Exam Candidates (Prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino)

In a few days, close to 80,000 nursing graduates will be taking the June 2009 Nursing Board Exam. These nurse licensure examination hopefuls have surely made a lot of preparation so let us help them in any way we can.

Aside from the usual kind words, let us take some time off from our busy schedules and pray for them so that they will be guided during the board exam. The June 2009 Nursing Board Exam, just like any major examination, is a major undertaking for our beloved nursing graduates and they will need encouragement from us. Let us give them that.

Last year, Ward Class published an article on the life of St. Joseph of Cupertino, the Patron Saint of Examinees. Included in that article was the Prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino or the Prayer for Examinees.

The said article was well-received by this blog's readers and so again, let me share the Prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino (Prayer for Examinees) through this blog post. And if you have friends, relatives, or even acquaintances who will be taking the June 2009 Nurse Licensure Examination or any major examination for that matter, do share this powerful prayer with them.

Prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino (Prayer for Examinees)

O St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only preposition you knew.

Grant that I may like you succeed in the June 2008 Nurse Licensure Examination

In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.

O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me

O Holy Ghost enlighten me

Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me

Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me.


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