Just bought my textbooks - a mini-grumbling session - page 2

by carakristin1 3,475 Views | 39 Comments

I am starting my first nursing class in 2 weeks. Just spent almost $600 for the privilege of carrying three enormous textbooks on my back and barreling through them in 8 weeks. As I'm checking out, the cashier reminds me that our... Read More


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    Quote from luvnlfe,LMT
    I just calculated what I have spent and what i am intending to have to spend in future classes and it is somewhere along the lines of $3,000 in books alone.
    Oh my..
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    I buy from amazon.com It saves me a LOT of money.
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    Buying all used (when available from Amazon) will still cost me 565 dollars for 3 classes. Microbiology, Health and Wellness, and Pathophysiology
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    I like to check dealoz and craigslist
    nursing_student93 likes this.
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    I find digital copies of most textbooks free. I couldnt justify wasting taxpayer money on such ripoffs. I like having every book on a tablet though.
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    If you're wondering what is in the "kit", it's going to be a lot of different kinds of syringes, wound dressing kits, foley catheter kits, IV bags and tubing, lots of gloves, alcohol wipes and all that other fun stuff you're going to practice with. Expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $50-$100. There's just no getting around it, nursing school is an expensive proposition. Hopefully it will pay off for you.
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    Quote from duckyluck111
    If you're wondering what is in the "kit", it's going to be a lot of different kinds of syringes, wound dressing kits, foley catheter kits, IV bags and tubing, lots of gloves, alcohol wipes and all that other fun stuff you're going to practice with. Expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $50-$100. There's just no getting around it, nursing school is an expensive proposition. Hopefully it will pay off for you.
    Wow they make you purchase that kind of stuff!?!? We didn't need to purchase anything like that, but we reused stuff in the labs. So instead of each person opening up a new sterile kit, we would reuse the same one by putting everything back into the kit the way it was found. Obviously this was lab and it was being used on dummies. Glad I didn't have to make that purchase, since textbooks are so expensive.

    I agree with others that say first semester is most expensive though, certainly was for me.
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    I know it sucks buying the kit but it does come in handy. As for reusing the supplies, yes you will and you will want your own. There were 24 in our class and if we all had to reuse the same foley kit it would have looked awful really quick. I think the idea is that everyone starts out with their own and then we reuse them ourselves over and over for practice. I think I used my foley kit nearly 15 times before I finally trashed it. All our gloves and alcohol prep pads were supplied for us. In the second semester you will need sterile needles and IV start kits cause we had to practice on each other, not plastic dummies... Ohhhh, fun times!!!
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    Ugh, and editions update so fast you can barely resell before they are irrelevent! What's worse is that many courses now require you to have online access, so any used book doesn't include a new activation code! My wallet weeps!
    i♥words likes this.
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    The cost of nursing school books is ridiculous. And, you don't use a lot of them. But, I LOVE my med/surg, pathophys, and drug guides. As for the weight, I dismantled my big med/surg book. I 3-hole punched it and put it in a 2 inch binder. I just bring the parts I need. Saved my back big time.
    LifeIsGood76 likes this.


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