nursing school survival kit

  1. 0 Hello! I am looking for ideas on what to include in a nursing school survival kit. My class is wanting to make some to welcome the new students of the next class. I need ideas that are fun and cheap as we may be using our own funds. Some ideas we have already are: index cards (for flashcards), maybe a small calculator, a fun pen, chocolate, maybe a pen light (with a note saying there is light at the end of the tunnel), or maybe a few medical jokes (with a note saying something about keeping your sense of humor). Does anyone have any good ideas?
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  3. Visit  mstockwe profile page

    About mstockwe

    From 'Alaska'; 42 Years Old; Joined Oct '04; Posts: 2.

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  4. Visit  shel_wny profile page
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    Quote from mstockwe
    Hello! I am looking for ideas on what to include in a nursing school survival kit. My class is wanting to make some to welcome the new students of the next class. I need ideas that are fun and cheap as we may be using our own funds. Some ideas we have already are: index cards (for flashcards), maybe a small calculator, a fun pen, chocolate, maybe a pen light (with a note saying there is light at the end of the tunnel), or maybe a few medical jokes (with a note saying something about keeping your sense of humor). Does anyone have any good ideas?
    I think chocolate and coffee would be excellent ideas!
    Maybe even some trial size bubble bath or massage cream would be nice.
    What a fun project!

    Shel
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  5. Visit  maire profile page
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    How about this:

    Moisturizer. Rationale: Take care of yourself. You can't help others until you help yourself first.
    Life Savers. R: Actively listen to what your patients tell you. It saves lives.
    Visine. R: Tears - many will be shed and that's a good thing. When the tears stop it's time to move on.
    Pencils. R: Write down your memorable moments.
    Balls &/or Other Small Toys. R: Have fun. Nursing is stressful. Exercise and laughing relieve stress. If you aren't happy, find a new job.
    Hershey's Hugs & Kisses. R: Give them. Receive them. Eat them. Chocolate is a good thing.
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  6. Visit  EmilyCCRN profile page
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    Last year's first-year students made up a list of "things they wish they had known" when they entered the program, and the list was distributed to us incoming students a few months before we started school.

    It contained things like

    -buy a rolling backpack
    -get a filesaver clipboard for clinicals (it opens up to store papers, calculators, bandage scissors, etc.)
    -get a Palm Pilot and download Davis's Drug Guide and Taber's so you'll have your resources handy at clinicals
    -other program-specific information to help the new students become familiar with the specifics of the program/school

    I know that a list isn't all that "tangible", but I really found it to be helpful. Perhaps you could make up a list and add it to the survival kits you're making?

    Let us know how your survival kits turn out!
  7. Visit  jackleg27 profile page
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    Highlighters, mini stapler




    Quote from mstockwe
    Hello! I am looking for ideas on what to include in a nursing school survival kit. My class is wanting to make some to welcome the new students of the next class. I need ideas that are fun and cheap as we may be using our own funds. Some ideas we have already are: index cards (for flashcards), maybe a small calculator, a fun pen, chocolate, maybe a pen light (with a note saying there is light at the end of the tunnel), or maybe a few medical jokes (with a note saying something about keeping your sense of humor). Does anyone have any good ideas?
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  8. Visit  OBRNinTN profile page
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    Prozac.

    SC4Nurse2B and a-tay like this.
  9. Visit  shel_wny profile page
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    Vivarin or other caffeine pill?

    Shel
  10. Visit  studentnurse74 profile page
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    It's been mentioned, but HIGHLIGHTERS and INDEX CARDS. You can never have enough!

    How about a "critical" thinking cap?

    Maire: Where's your critical thinking cap today? I don't see your evidence to support those rationales. :chuckle
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  11. Visit  bonjovigirl profile page
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    Maire,

    have you done one too many care plans?
    I do love your rationales.
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  12. Visit  Hairstylingnurse profile page
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    Quote from mstockwe
    Hello! I am looking for ideas on what to include in a nursing school survival kit. My class is wanting to make some to welcome the new students of the next class. I need ideas that are fun and cheap as we may be using our own funds. Some ideas we have already are: index cards (for flashcards), maybe a small calculator, a fun pen, chocolate, maybe a pen light (with a note saying there is light at the end of the tunnel), or maybe a few medical jokes (with a note saying something about keeping your sense of humor). Does anyone have any good ideas?
    Coffee, coffee, coffee, (I know this has already been mentioned, but you should stress it) for those latenight and early morning study sessions befoer all those exam's. Also a little drawn up gift certificate for the students to cash in (from a loved one)for a quick back& neck rub or a 45 minute nap before a long evening of studying. Those poor little brains can only absorb so much on those days where you are at the end of your rope.
  13. Visit  altomga profile page
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    You can neve forget the Tylenol/Ibuprofen for all the headaches you have while in school!!!

    Band-aid for all the paper cuts

    List of resources on the web, etc that would be helpful as a student (don't forget to list allnurses.com!!!!! :hatparty:

    I agree with the PROZAC!! LOL
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  14. Visit  palesarah profile page
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    Tums, or chewable Pepto-Bismol tablets.

    I never would have made it without my Pepto
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  15. Visit  shape0fmyheart profile page
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    When I was at the Kentucky State Fair there was a stand with all these little homemade gifts and I got this there and it's very cute and would be inexpensive to make. All it consists of is a little ziplock baggie filled with the following items, with a typed explanation of why each thing is in there:

    Bandaid: To soothe hurt feelings.
    Safety Pin: To hold things together.
    Hugs & Kisses (hersheys): We all need them... often.
    Tissue: To dry someone's tears (perhaps your own) so you can see the tears of others.
    Lifesavers: You're a "lifesaver" to patients.
    Smiley Face (it's a sticker): To help keep a smile on your face... it's not only good for your face, it's good for others.
    Glitter: To help keep positive thoughts and to look on the bright side.
    Mint: You're worth a "mint" to your co-workers and patients. (substitude students maybe)
    Heart (it's a sticker): The best prescription comes from the heart.

    At the very top of the paper it just says "Nurses Bag". I thought this was the cutest thing ever when I saw it, and I would have loved if someone thought enough to buy it for me, it's so sweet... (I had to practically FORCE my ex to buy it for me he thought it was stupid). I'm not taking credit for this idea, but I have no idea where it came from so I cannot give appropriate credit.
    CURRYA likes this.


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