Any Student "must have" item advice? - page 2
Hello everyone-- Happy Easter btw, :hatparty: I'll start LPN school in august and was just wondering if anyone has any advice on "things I wish I had known about", or "can't live without" item I... Read More
Apr 12, '04There used to be a big long thread of hints like this, I'm trying to find it. Anyone remember what it was titled?
Apr 12, '04
Apr 12, '04Quote from mitchsmom
YES, That's just what I'm looking for.
Apr 12, '04We got a list of what we'd need for uniform and clinicals, but not books. I didn't need to get a BP cuff, but a I found a really nice on eBay - brand new - for very little $, and came with a pouch and another stethoscope, so I bought it.
I do want to get my Littman engraved. I spent a lot of $ on it, and don't want it walking off, as I've heard they do too frequently.
I got a nice pair of Allheart nursing sneakers, and got them in wide width. I know by the end of the day that extra 1/2" will be like heaven!
Just wondering though, with the white shoes, do I need to get some white shoe polish?
Apr 12, '04A very good sense of humor and a positive outlook.
When you cannot control what happens, you can still control how you handle it.
Oh yea, and that drug book and medical dictionary.
Apr 12, '04We used Taber's Dictionary way back when! My copy is 17 years old and dog eared, but still on my desk at home. I used an inexpensive dual head stethoscope all through school, but invested in a Littmann for work. If you do purchase an expensive scope, just remember a good name tag or engraving for it, too. The easiest drug books to reference for your Pharmacology class and clinicals are SpringHouse's Nursing Drug books put out yearly. The Lipincott nurses rug book is easy to use because it is in alphabetical order by generic names. You will still have to have access to a PDR for your Pharmacology class because of some of the info your instructor will require. Just remember to take care of yourself, eat well get plenty of sleep!!
Apr 12, '04A strong stomach;
A caring heart;
A personality disorder because achieving a caring heart with detached professionalism is a bit of a trick bordering on a pathological state;
Ability to navigate in small spaces;
friends... good ones that you can trust.
Apr 12, '04Reserve one whole day per week to relax with your family and friends. NO STUDYING at all!!! Seriously, I know you need to study, but if you don't spend at least one day being NORMAL and HAPPY, you're going to go crazy.
Apr 12, '041) Great shoes
I spent $90 on shoes and everyone thought I was nuts, but I am the only one without aching feet and legs.
2) Good stethoscope
You don't need the $200 cardiology version, but the really cheap ones are hard to hear with.
3) Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice
It wasn't on our required textbook list but it has been invaluable. I use it for careplans as it gives pathophysiology, nursing diagnoses, outcomes, etc. I also often use it in place of my med-surg book, which I hate. It also has illustrated directions for nursing procedures such as ostomy care and inserting Ng tubes.
Apr 12, '04:kiss Thank you all for your replies! <huggs>
I'm getting very excited and scared the closer I get to start school.
I know it will be/ is a lot of stress we have to go through as a student/ nurse, but at the end of the day its all such a blessing to be able to really make a difference on this planet, don't you agree?
Apr 15, '04Everyone's paperwork is a little different, but I have found that typing forms on your computer in the same format as your program (clinical prep sheets, care plan forms, etc) is a huge help for many reasons. Example, I have a lab sheet with the hospital norms in one column and a place to put my patient's values. This way, I only have to fill in the blanks instead of rewriting every week. I havethis way and can cut and paste on my computer if a plan is similar to another. We always have to include Erickson's stages, so I have that set in my computer to cut and paste (or auto text with the typing of the first few letters) in pertinent documents. I wish I would have done this to begin with.
If anyone knows of a good organization form for clinicals (i.e organizing daily care), let me know