Advice

  1. What would you all that are graduating say we should buy as 1st year students?
    I am talking about supplies, books, anything that will help us get organized. What do you suggest packing in our backpacks. Anything you can think of. I am going to Survivor Night for 1st year students and I wanted to take a list to share with my fellow classmates.

    A helpful hint to those with kids, spouses, busy lives...

    Make a calendar with all of your important dates and put it on the frig. this way family will know whats up and they may npt bother you as much.
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Carolanne
    TYLENOL!!!!!!! :chuckle Basically folders for organizing, notebook, pens, pencils, calculator, drug book and nursing procedures book for clinical, and a pocket calendar is a lifesaver to keep track of important dates, tests, etc.
  4. by   purplekath
    They will tell you all you really need to get for nursing school. As for the rest of it, invest in FAST dinner foods. My freezer is full of frozen fish portions and marinated chicken etc. You won't feel like cooking gourmet meals when those assignments start coming!

    Basically anything that will make your life simple and easy. Update your computer if you have some spare cash. Buy some extra clothes for when the laundry gets out of control. Invest in a great backpack and a cell phone for emergencies.

    Think NO TIME....and invest accordingly. Streamline your life so you can get on with the job of studying.
  5. by   SCmomof3
    Just subscribing
  6. by   Catma63
    And don't forget those little tabs (colored placeholders that stick) that you can buy from Wal-Mart to use in your huge textbook. It'll make it so much easier to find your unit chapters during study periods.
  7. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    This would be free, but I think it ranks right up there with Tylenol and a month's worth of new underpants.

    Spend an hour on the web and find various sites with topics that are going to be covered in your first semester (or however much of the syllabus you've got).

    Google is always good, but sometimes you want to be able to go straight to the site and look up your stuff. I used about three different ones just for looking up drugs!

    Congratulations on your admission--I just finished. It was hard and it was a blast.
  8. by   HyperRNRachel
    I am not graduating but I did make it through my first semester. My advice for a new student is ....
    1) review nursing math. do a search on the web or buy a nursing math book.
    2) buy thick notebooks, clear divider sheet that you can put papers into, and regular dividers for each class.
    3) if the class book has a study guide then get it and use it.
    4) learn the basic lab values. ex: WBC, CBC, Hgb, Hct, sed rates, CPK, and electrolytes.
    5) reveiw medical terminology.
    6)tell all your friends to leave you alone for two years. let them know it is nothing they did but that you are needing this time to do the single most important job you will ever encounter. and while you are at it, ask them if they can bake you a freezable dish!
    7) SINGLE MOST BIT OF INFORMATION. Stay on top of all assignments.
  9. by   meandragonbrett
    Quote from hyperstudent
    6)tell all your friends to leave you alone for two years. let them know it is nothing they did but that you are needing this time to do the single most important job you will ever encounter.
  10. by   RNKITTY04
    I found that carrying snacks in my backpack, ie... granola bars, tater chips and other munchies came in very handy during class when I did'nt have time to go to lunch. (Cramming before a test)
  11. by   rileydog
    A rolling backpack
    I would hold off on books, some I still haven't even used.
    Snacks, so you don't spend a fortune at the vending machines!
  12. by   momof38160
    Quote from hyperstudent
    I am not graduating but I did make it through my first semester. My advice for a new student is ....
    1) review nursing math. do a search on the web or buy a nursing math book.
    2) buy thick notebooks, clear divider sheet that you can put papers into, and regular dividers for each class.
    3) if the class book has a study guide then get it and use it.
    4) learn the basic lab values. ex: WBC, CBC, Hgb, Hct, sed rates, CPK, and electrolytes.
    5) reveiw medical terminology.
    6)tell all your friends to leave you alone for two years. let them know it is nothing they did but that you are needing this time to do the single most important job you will ever encounter. and while you are at it, ask them if they can bake you a freezable dish!
    7) SINGLE MOST BIT OF INFORMATION. Stay on top of all assignments.

    I start Nursing School in January. Does the program let you know what you will need? (how many notebooks?)

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