Must haves for nursing students???

  1. 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?
    TIA!
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  3. by   ladyinred667
    Quote from stacyinMD
    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?
    TIA!
    There is a really good post about this very thing!

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f50/what...ol-111796.html

    TONS of helpful info
  4. by   stacyinMD
    Quote from ladyinred667
    There is a really good post about this very thing!

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f50/what...ol-111796.html

    TONS of helpful info
    Thanks! I guess it helps to read the "stickies" LOL
  5. by   OnTheRoad
    There is a very long thread on this already, but long threads are hard long work to go through. I have just started actual nursing courses after completing prereq's and I have to say that I am in love with my new litman (42.95 from uniform shop). I couldn't hear an apical pulse to save my life with my prestige.... sooooo happy now!
    Personally so far I have not used the laptop I had the previous semesters for class, and have seen noone else use theirs. I also see no other further on nursing students with laptops. We use computers alot, but either at school in labs(things only available on campus computers) or at home desktops (to print things or check grades, emails etc).
    One thing I wish I would have gotten my hands on when I was in prereq's and had extra reading time is a book on applying nursing process.
  6. by   OnTheRoad
    slow puter repost
  7. by   WDWpixieRN
    I can't imagine lugging around a laptop in addition to the 3,000 lbs. of books and notebooks I've got. No one in our class has one either so far.

    There are computer labs on campus, so if you anticipate doing any work there, I would imagine a good flash drive would be convenient for carrying your work to and from home.

    The one thing I couldn't have lived without (only 3 weeks in to my 1st semester) and which several others have commented on if they didn't have one is my rolling bookbag!! I got mine at Sam's, but I wish it was a bit bigger as my Fundamentals books and the Powerpoints in notebooks take up the majority of room in this thing!! But I would be bedridden by now without it!! There are tons of people with them on my campus, so I don't feel as strange as I thought I would with it.

    And the post about a good stethoscope is another great suggestion!

    Good luck!
  8. by   Thoc_123
    I use my laptop for every lecture. I use to print out my lecture outlines and write the notes to the side and highlight like crazy. Looking back now, what a pain in the butt. You are wasting so much energy. Take the laptop, download the lectures onto it, then just add your notes to it during class. It is soooo much easier & you dont need White out !

    As for lugging the laptop and your books, I dont need my books for class, that is to read @ home when going over my notes and studying. Our instructor has a full powerpoint presentation and she never refers to the book except to comment on certain information pages.

    I have had my laptop for awhile and I never thought to take it into my pre-req classes, so i'd just come home and type up all of my written notes. Looking back now, I can't believe I did that.

    I thought it was a better idea because then I'd be going over my notes while transcribing them. NOT. you dont "read and study" while typing. you are just reading the words that need to be typed. (Or atleast I do)

    Just my 2 cents.
  9. by   alpayton
    I have just started out in the nursing program and have found that taking my notes on my laptop is the EASIEST way to take notes in the world! It's much quicker than writing...course I'm a quick typer and a slower writer and typing everything I don't have the added problem of trying to decifer what in the world I wrote when I get sloppy because the professor got to talking too quickly. I do still record all lectures, just incase I get behind and need to go home and add something to my typed notes. I just add a highlighted spot to my notes and that reminds me that I missed something that I need to go back and fill in later. So I totally recommend a laptop for taking notes during lecture classes - if your professor doesn't mind anyway.
  10. by   marilynmom
    I'm in my 4th week of NS and the things I use the most are a digital recorder. My rolling backpack is good---but I wish I had one that was better quality, we have to bring our books with us usually and those books are HEAVY and I have back problems already.

    We have 2 people in our class with laptops, it just depends on your style!

    You need a good organization system to keep all your notes and handouts, lab stuff, clinical stuff together and GOOD FRIENDS to call when you are confused and stressed out!!!
  11. by   missninaRN
    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
  12. by   Nili927
    My school makes laptops arequirement and everything in online! I could'nt live through Nursing School w/out it. My books came on CD roms and I installed the textbooks in my laptop and I don't have to carry those heavy books to school they stay @ home forme to read and study from!
    I would definately recommend a digital voice recorder that's my best tool for studying!

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