Must-have gadgets for the nursing student - page 3

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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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    Love the apps available through iPod/iPad, also have recorder to record lectures. Non-techy things I've had to buy are blood pressure cuff (which I wish I knew before since there are packages with stethoscope and cuff for less money), pen light, scissors, and a clipboard. I also am obsessed with post its, pens, highlighters, notebooks, and flashcards. I'm only in my first semester so I am sure there is lots more!
    Good Luck!
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    Laptop for research, papers, etc. A GOOD pen and notebook for taking notes in class.

    I had a recorder, taped several lectures and never, ever listened to them. I tried once and without the visuals and the actual person standing in front of me, it was so mind-numbingly boring, I couldn't stand it.

    If you have a smartphone, there are some GREAT apps out there (I use Epocrates almost everyday a year out of nursing school) but keep in mind when it comes time for clinicals, many hospitals/nursing homes will not let you have phones on the floor. In our programs, it was grounds for dismissal from the clinical.

    Chances are you will find what works for you fairly quickly. (For example flashcards saved my life! I punched a hole in the corner of index cards, stuck them on a ring, and carried them EVERYWHERE! I was always studying something via flashcards). Some people are visual learns, some audio. Some like to highlight, some to read, some to retype notes/key points. Do what works for YOU and you alone. You are the one that has to make sense of everything and learn from it.

    Best of luck to you!
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    DEFINITELY GET A LIVESCRIBE PEN!!! It is the BEST investment I've made in school and it's much cheaper than an ipad at about $100. You take notes with ink in a special notebook that's just like a typical paper notebook, only it records as your'e writing. It's awesome because if you want to review a concept later, all you have to do is click right on the particular place in your notes that you want to review, and it will play the recording from that exact point. It is AWESOME! Highly recommended!
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    I'm not in the nursing program yet but I love my IPad!! I am planning to get all the apps that everyone suggests. Thanks for the tips.
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    I would say have a laptop for researching and writing papers, unless your husband doesn't go on the laptop much it might be annoying, i mean ipads are awesome b/c there so convenient...its so light and if i ever need to check something at school its there, but its not necessary ...i have some good apps that I use often like good notes, ever note, davis drug guide etc. , i dont take my laptop to school it gets distracting... just use pen and paper....if your on a budget i'd say get a laptop and just your notebooks etc, i use a lot of stickys ever type ...big ones small ones medium size, ones that tab pages, put checklist on them, tab important slides, pages etc. im just in love and a million and 1 different color highlighters its just how you study best im a visual learner...hope I made some sense and helped a little bit!
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    Quote from itsnowornever
    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!
    Amen. I completed the first bachelor's with only using my laptop in one class (which required it). My SO just can't understand my obsession with my pens and mechanical pencil. It is good to know I am not alone in that.
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    I'm starting my nursing program this January and this is all wonderful advice! Thanks everyone! Keep 'em coming!
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    Thanks everyone! I am the pen and paper type also. I guess for now I will stock up on awesome pens and notebooks (Im ashamed to admit that this excites me) and get a decent laptop. That was a plan anyway, since mine kicked the bucket. Maybe once I actually start the program in jan, I will get a better feel for what I could use. I have a smart phone so the apps for that are a great idea...never thought of it. Thanks for the tips!
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    Look into apple laptops (imac)... good price point, good microphone for recording, ability to convert, use, make all sorts of files such as .pdf right out of the box, videos and recordings can be made and edited, etc.

    Downside; many of the little CDs that you get with textbooks and NCLEX prep only run on windows. You might have a routine where you use those disks at home or at a computer lab/library, though. In that case, an imac or a netbook would be fine for class.
    But a good sturdy Windows laptop and an external DVD/CD drive is a good idea (just count on the internal drive of a laptop breaking at the worst moment, because they often break inside due to the shaking, inversion, vibration and bumps in the car, and especially if you drop it from the desk).

    Bear in mind that your instructors are going to ask for certain assignments to be in Powerpoint or Excel format and they are all running Windows for the most part. As long as your apple can convert things or has the right software, you're ok.

    Tip: Get a reliable printer such as a Brother (I swear by them myself and the ink is cheap) and have extra ink cartridges on hand at all times. You are going to run out of ink 1 hour before you leave for class to turn in a midterm paper after having clinicals the night before, and you don't want to spend that hour driving around town with tears in your eyes because nobody has the BR7846 cartridge in stock. You also do not want to get a B in a class that you had otherwise earned an A on because of such a silly mistake! ;]
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    Thanks for the thread, I'm also starting in Jan and was wondering about a lot of the same things myself. I traditionally love taking notes by hand becasue I learn better, but I also have an ipad, and have been wondering about the best way to integrate the two.
    I'm also currious what you would look for in a "good" pen. I have lots of cheapie pens, but nothing I would consider a good pen. Also, what do you look for in a notebook? I tend to use loose leaf paper and then recopy my notes into a sprial one, but I've never really considered them much before.
    Thank you again, I am loving all the suggestions!


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