List of supplies to buy for a new Nursing Student - page 2

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Hi everyone! I just got my nursing acceptance letter :yeah: :bowingpur and I'm so grateful to be finally moving on from being a little pre-nursing student. ;) So far I've bought my awesome Littman stethoscope and I'm going to... Read More


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    I would get multiple penlights, mine have a tendency to stop working, so I always have two in my pocket. Uhm, no help on the shockingly pink scrubs, but I would hold off on those, most schools have uniform policy regarding the kind and color of scrubs you can wear. Also a note of caution on the deodorant, many places will not allow you to wear any kind of perfume or scented deodorant. I second the poster who suggested a watch, this is vital, and find one that either has a hand counting seconds or can show seconds (if digital), in case you do your vitals manually. Get some pens you can clip on that won't spill ink and ruin your uniform. Hand cream because your hands will dry out from gloves and washing. Sturdy, closed, comfy shoes, but check your school's requirements regarding type and color.
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    I would get multiple penlights, mine have a tendency to stop working, so I always have two in my pocket. Uhm, no help on the shockingly pink scrubs, but I would hold off on those, most schools have uniform policy regarding the kind and color of scrubs you can wear. Also a note of caution on the deodorant, many places will not allow you to wear any kind of perfume or scented deodorant. I second the poster who suggested a watch, this is vital, and find one that either has a hand counting seconds or can show seconds (if digital), in case you do your vitals manually. Get some pens you can clip on that won't spill ink and ruin your uniform. Hand cream because your hands will dry out from gloves and washing. Sturdy, closed, comfy shoes, but check your school's requirements regarding type and color.
    Thanks for your advice on the penlights. I'm not getting the scrubs in pink, cause my school requires royal blue, which is a color option for those pants. I just really like the look of the fit and style of the pants so I'm real sad I can't find the pants.
    Does anyone have any thoughts on NurseMates shoes? I've heard their good, but I'd like to hear some other opinions. Did anyone have any thoughts on the bandage scissors? Thanks for the advice thus far!
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    I have the NurseMates in two different lengths (and colors) and love them! I am in agreement with the finger holes, bigger is better. Then you can have two fingers in if you want and they aren't all squished.

    Also, I have a nursing clipboard similar to this one: http://www.allheart.com/pm3309.html and it's a life saver! Along with a clock mine also has an alarm on it and all sorts of other great references.

    I have never worn NurseMate shoes, so I'm no help on that one. For almost 7 years I worked as a phlebotomist and wore the same brand of shoes. I love Klogz brand clogs and usually wear Dusty. I think they run a little narrow, so I order a wide even though I don't usually wear a wide in other shoes. They are FANTASTIC!! What is really nice is that you can take one of the wipes and easily clean them off. This way you don't have to worry about tracking germs, urine or blood around. Just a warning though, they do get quite warm inside, but I didn't care because I loved the fact I could clean them so easily.

    Good luck!
    Last edit by sunshinesuperwoman on Mar 1, '10
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    So I've bought so far: Bandage scissors, nurses clipboard, stethoscope, pen light, manual blood pressure kit (non-digital), and a retractable badge holder. I also have school supplies covered. I'm going to buy scrubs & nursing shoes after I have a chance to try them on at a scrub shop back home. Does anyone think I'm missing anything? Thanks for your comments thus far, everyone
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    Definantly find a good pair of shoes!!! I have a terrible pair (I swear every week after clinicals I'm buying new ones next payday ) and they have a huge heel and make my toes go numb after standing up for a few hours. Try on lots and lots of pairs and don't just buy them because they are the "best" according to the shop owner.
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    my school made us purchase a "nursing bag" from our campus store..most everything was in the bag..check with your school, dont want to spend double money!
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    Any kind of cheat sheet for quick reference is great to have

    A gait belt.

    Two pair of support pantyhose! Trust me, these are lifesavers!

    A good watch with second hand.

    not just any lotion, but the super good stuff 'cause your hands are going to shrivel up.

    a six pack in the fridge after the super long days.

    A dependable fellow student/study partner.

    and personal pocket size hand sanitizer. (for your own protection from the disease carrying fellow nurse students)
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    Be careful with hand lotions - very few OTC products are CHG-compatible (i.e. they'll inactivate the antimicrobial ingredient in hospital hand soap ). Pretty much every place I've been has had a big bottle of approved lotion next to the main staff sinks (i.e. med rooms, clean utility rooms, staff bathrooms, etc). Use it. Another good item to carry is lip balm - hospital air is extremely dry and will chap your lips in no time flat. I always keep a Burt's Bees stick in my scrub shirt top pocket.

    On scrubs and shoes: The more pockets, the better. Between clinical tools, tape, alcohol wipes and 2x2s, report sheets, pocket books, pocket notes, cash stash and any other miscellany, you'll think that you should have been issued a tool belt! For clinical shoes, I wore basic white tennis shoes like everyone else in my cohort, and hated them. I had a pair of Professional Danskos in my previous career, but they are very heavy and tend to be hard on my feet, as I have a heel-toe gait and Professionals have absolutely no cushioning. Instead, I got the lightweight, light-cushion model (I think the style was Kelsey). They're pricey, but worth every penny.


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