nursing school survival kit

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    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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    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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    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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    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!
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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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    Prozac.

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    Vivarin or other caffeine pill?

    Shel
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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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    Maire,

    have you done one too many care plans?
    I do love your rationales.
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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.


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