I'm completing my last semester of pre-requisites and I'm thinking about some of the things I'll need to buy for nursing school
Do you think I will need a laptop? I would rather not get one, because that will be one more thing I'll have to tote around, but I'm wondering if it would be something that would really make my life easier.
Having said that...what are some things you just couldn't live without, or wish you would have had during nursing school?
Sep 11, '06
I have found that the school supplies that I relied on for my pre-reqs are not necessarily the best ones for nursing classes. I used to take notes in spiral notebooks, but now we receive print-outs of the powerpoint and I take all of my notes directly onto them. I never used 3 ring binders in pre-reqs but couldn't live without them now. I divided my 4" thick syllabus/work guide into two smaller (1 1/2") binders: one for lecture, one for skills lab. And I only carry the section that we are currently working on in the lecture notebook (every powerpoint for the material that is covered on the next test, for example). I don't use my digital recorder anymore either, because I can watch all of the lectures online as often as I want.
I do still use my highlighters and sticky "flags", as well as my favorite pens (fine point black).
As far as specific supplies, a good stethoscope is important, but you will hear many opinions on which is best. It's really a matter of which ones works best for you. (My suggestion-get a cheaper one and move up to a pricier one only if necessary.) Some schools require PDAs, but many don't. No one in my class uses one, and I've only seen one laptop in my class of 40.
Last edit by missninaRN on Sep 11, '06