For young nursing students, you need to think about your resume. When you get out you will need to stress your school accomplishments because you don't have any experience. You don't HAVE to buy any of this stuff, but listing National Dean's List, Who's Who in American Colleges, USAA Scholar, Phi Theta Kappa membership, etc, etc, etc. looks good on your resume. Take is from an old business professional who became a nurse at 42, build your resume. A well written resume with items of honors listed on it important, especially if you want to start out in specialty areas. They want to know you were the "extra mile" girl in school. To an employer, that's the one they will pick over the plain one page resume. Think beyond school! Treat your resume building just as any business degree student, liberal arts student, etc, will. Yes, some hospitals just want a warm conscious body to plug into their holes, but some are looking for the best. Be the best.