Must-have gadgets for the nursing student - page 3

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... Read More

  1. Visit  elegant.lil.lady profile page
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    I'm starting my nursing program this January and this is all wonderful advice! Thanks everyone! Keep 'em coming!
  2. Visit  FDW630 profile page
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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!
  3. Visit  mmm333 profile page
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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! ;]
  4. Visit  shastastout profile page
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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!
  5. Visit  jh07418 profile page
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    I just graduated a BSN program and have been working for 3 months. you learn nothing in nursing school compared to when you get a job. good luck. and make friends with your teachers.
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  6. Visit  jtboog2003 profile page
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    I just wanted to add: a lot of you say how you love your paper notes and highlighting, and I was the EXACT same way. I thought taking notes on my iPad would be really weird and distracting since i always used paper. It isn't. I take notes right on my electronic paper just like you do in your notebook or powerpoints. I highlight on my iPad just as you do on paper. I can have the teachers notes as well as my own all under a single folder.

    I just wanted to add that because it doesn't seem that some people are not fully aware of what note taking on the iPad really consists of. It may not be for you and that's fine, everyone learns differently and prefers their own thing. But you can do basically the exact same things as you can by using pen and paper as you can on the iPad. I can record, highlight, add text, underline, add pics, etc. to notes that were made by my professors. Or just make my own notes.
  7. Visit  MoonstruckRN profile page
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    I barely had food in nursing school let alone fancy gadgets!
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  8. Visit  R. Obias Jr., R.N. profile page
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    Hate to spoil your techie needs,but during our times, or from we were from, we only relied on a few critical things and conditions and those are our brain, a constant need for research and knowledge and a healthy, physically fit body. All these contribute to a balanced well being of our nurses. We don't have time to pull up gadgets when we need information,all of them are stored in our brains,in cases of emergencies, by the time you pull out your gadget for info, if you don't know nursing info by heart, the patient would have died.I hate to be a spoil sport, but knowledge is to be learned by heart not to be stored somewhere else, show your patients that you rely on these gadgets for references, they will ask for a different nurse to take care of them, one who knows what to do by heart.

    And to make a fool of yourself, try taking a full hour dictations from your professor using your gadget , you'll get cramps on both thumbs.
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  9. Visit  FDW630 profile page
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    Quote from pagaaruga
    Hate to spoil your techie needs,but during our times, or from we were from, we only relied on a few critical things and conditions and those are our brain, a constant need for research and knowledge and a healthy, physically fit body. All these contribute to a balanced well being of our nurses. We don't have time to pull up gadgets when we need information,all of them are stored in our brains,in cases of emergencies, by the time you pull out your gadget for info, if you don't know nursing info by heart, the patient would have died.I hate to be a spoil sport, but knowledge is to be learned by heart not to be stored somewhere else, show your patients that you rely on these gadgets for references, they will ask for a different nurse to take care of them, one who knows what to do by heart.

    And to make a fool of yourself, try taking a full hour dictations from your professor using your gadget , you'll get cramps on both thumbs.
    Of course when I ask for recommendations on some helpful gadgets for school, I am referring to things that make learning and understanding the material easier and more efficient, not something to replace learning and understand the material. Not trying to be lazy or replace knowledge...just trying to make the most of my learning experience and use any resource I can to be successful.
  10. Visit  FDW630 profile page
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    Quote from shastastout
    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!
    I do the looseleaf-to-spiral bound thing too. I know that works for me, Im just worried that it wont be practical with the volume of work in the program! Regarding pens...the fat, free ones that you pick up from God knows where that have an auto insurance agent's name on them...those are the BEST! I like the inkjoy too, but I wish they were fatter.

    Anyone know of any good apps for smart phones that have been really helpful? I never thought to make use of my phone!
  11. Visit  NoonieRN profile page
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    I found that an Ipod touch was an ENORMOUS help through nursing school- better than a phone because it had no camera, texting, etc and was allowed on hospital floors where phones were a big no-no. (Yes it could connect to the internet if there was wi-fi, but just keep off facebook!). I had Davis drug guide, taber's medical dictionary and it was an amazing time saver- all the drug/disease info right at my finger tips for pages and pages of clinical paperwork. I made the mistake of buying a 32g pod, didn't need near that much memory! A nice 8G will hold music, books, and tons of other cool apps to help you get through..I am gushing and qould reccommend this purchase to any nursing student! Best of Luck!!
  12. Visit  FurBabyMom profile page
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    Me? In classes I relied on printing power points and writing and/or drawing on them. Not a doodle drawing but sometimes my "better" versions of diagrams. I (trees groan everywhere) liked to take notes with power point slides 3/1 page (I did print front to back where I could). Gave me plenty of room to write. I wrote soooooo much during class even days I didn't pay as good of attention. Classmates would miss class and borrow my notes for a really good idea of what they missed. I also had a collection of highlighters and used them for a million things. When I was in school the ebook thing was just starting and the versions we had available sucked and were difficult to use so I didn't use them. Since we used the Evolve website for a few things - especially my senior year, this was helpful for prep for classes/quizzes - doing the chapter exercises online. I liked writing things out. Flashcards, notes - that was my style.

    I didn't have many gadgets. Stethescope, watch. Drug book, but really drug cards (index card with the 'highlights' from the reference text), stuff of this nature... The cell phone apps are great but PLEASE be mindful of appropriate uses of cell phones in clinical settings. Many facilities have policies prohibiting cell usage in patient care areas. It might be great for the breakroom/confrence time/homework at home/school/library but maybe not a good idea in clinicals where patients and families and facility nurses can see you.
  13. Visit  libbyliberal profile page
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    The best student that I have ever was a very quiet young lady who was unlike any student that I had ever known.

    She came prepared. She was absolutely focused on the lecture and did not take notes because she had already read the chapter or chapters.

    Once in a while she would jot down a key point. ( test question material)

    She was there to soak up everything.

    Just bring your undivided attention, respect your professors and leave the electronic devices at home.

    Try it.
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