Must-have gadgets for the nursing student - page 2

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I start my nursing program this January, and I'm in the process of getting prepared. I've got the uniforms, the shoes, the stethoscope, most of the books, and all of the office supplies. I'm in fundamentals of nursing this... Read More


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    Quote from itsnowornever
    Honestly? I'm a "techie" and my best "gadget? A nice spiral bound notebook. I think I have about 15 FULL notebooks with ALL of my notes. I literally outlined EVERY book we had to read. That's how I learn. Many would type the outlines or notes as they read, but that didnt' work for me. The physical steps of writing is what made it stick in my head. I never had to go back an study because writing it out did it all for me!

    I am a pen/paper LOVER...I can peruse the isles for the PERFECT notebook and the PERFECT pen, it kills my husband. I prefer the cheaper 3-5 subject notebooks, college rule only and FAT pens! LOL! Those were the perfect gadgets. Highlighters were color coded and pen colors were coded also. I am not protective of my phone, but heaven help my children if they messed with my pens or highlighters! LMAO!
    So I'm not the only one! I study the same way...outlining my chapters. If I do study, I study my outlines. I can spend hours in Staples. My husband thinks it's ridiculous. He wants me to have an iPad so badly that he can't stand it. Personally, I don't think I would get much use out of it. SO many of my classmates have gadgets, I thought maybe I was missing out on a secret or something...surely. I can't really bring myself to drop that much money, on TOP of the $1300+ I'm about spend on books. I have a recorder, and I recorded every lecture in my microbiology class (after I first bought it), and never listened to single recording. So far, the case for purchasing an electronic aid is not looking strong.
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    I would record only the most important lectures (If I was weak on a subject that's what I would record) and then listen to it as I was running at the gym so I can fast forward the unimportant topics.

    I always thought maybe I should figure out how to make subliminal messages, layer the important lectures inside my fav songs and learn away! LMAO!
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    Quote from itsnowornever

    I always thought maybe I should figure out how to make subliminal messages, layer the important lectures inside my fav songs and learn away! LMAO!
    If I could put every chapter to the tune of "Naturally" by Selena Gomez, I could be top of my class and make it to my half-marathon in Feb. Bonus!
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    I think your learning style dictates what devices are useful to you. I love my iPad. I use Notability to annotate my powerpoints and record my lectures. I have Micromedex and the iWork suite so I can study and type up assignments on the go. I'm planning on buying e-copies of all of books as well.

    I still have hard copies of everything and I do most of my note taking by hand, but my iPad is priceless for studying on the go or study group or whenever I'm too lazy to lug all of my stuff anywhere.
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    I love my loose leaf paper and power point print outs COVERED in notes written in blue pen. An iPad would do me absolutely no good other than to distract me from class. I'm a reading/writing & kinesthetic learner (based off a learning assessment we had to do for a class this semester). It was not a surprising result for me being that I was an athlete for years and when I do things like study guides or note cards, I have to write it out rather than type.

    We get a iPod Touch next semester with a bunch of nursing software pre-loaded to use at clinical and I'm not even excited about it because I feel like walking the halls of the hospital scrolling through my iPod looks rather unprofessional and like I have ZERO idea what I'm doing.
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    I would agree with everyone that says the recorder is the best gadget. I did not ever use a recorder in my life for school, and I didn't use one my first year of nursing school, but I wish I had. I thought I remembered things a lot better after I sat down and went through my notes and listened to the lecture over again. There are a lot of different medical apps for phones that I thought looked pretty cool. There's Tabers Medical Dictionary, Davis Drug Guide, and then there's SkyScape for ipad, iphone, blackberry. It combines a bunch of different nurse resources. You probably aren't allowed to be on the phone in clinicals but if you really had to look something up quick you could without lugging all your books with you to the hospital. Some of your texts might also have come with free codes to use online and for your mobile.
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    My lifesaver was the Skyscape software. Our school had it on the "suggested" list of resources. It is pretty pricy, but it is definitely worth the investment. It has Davis drug guide, Tabers, Davis Lab book, RN notes, diseases and disorders and several other books. I installed it on my smart phone and was able to use it in clinicals if I needed to quickly look something up. You can type in what you're looking for and it will pull that info from all the books. Its really nice! I never used my actual books because it was so time consuming. Hope this helps!
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    The cheapest thing that you need the most is ENDURANCE . It is not the brightest that succeed but the ability to pick yourself up repeatedly that will be the marker of your success.
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    I use a netbook for class; I print out the power points and write on them, and also learn by looking at the images on the computer.
    I also like having the Internet there to look up things, check email from instructors, and download files I need into my school folder.
    The smartphone concept drives me crazy, so I don't see myself getting one anytime soon.

    People in my class use all kinds of tech: Iphones, Ipads, laptops, tablets, audio recorders. Other folks are strictly book-and-note types of people. I truly believe it comes down to preference and learning styles.
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    Hi I'm currently 1/2 way through 2nd semester and again love my app on my phone to record lectures its free by the way. In fundamentals the lectures were just way to long 4hrs at a time 3-4 days a week I would never have relistened to them. I took notes on the powrerpoints I printed. Now this semester it's all different I relisten to my lectures while going over the power points. This last tip is not at all techy but it's my best friend in school so far The Saunders NCLEX review guide 5th edition it is amazing check it out at a book store not on campus they don't have them or on amazon or eBay it is so awesome it's a great study tool. Good luck and congratulation on the 1st step towards the rest of your life


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