Congratulations to you!
I just finished my first year of nursing school. Very exciting! Welcome to the world of Nursing!
A couple things that I REALLY found helpful...
1. I don't know about your school and its uniform policies, but our school requires girls to where navy blue scrub pants. I am a "pocket person" and really need pockets for a lot of my stuff. I found the best place to get scrub pants with carpenter pockets for women is Wal-Mart. They have a section on scrubs in a variety of colors, which I found to be very convenient. You can never have enough pockets!
2. I wear Shoes for Crews white Euroclogs. They have a website, and I really love them. They are nonslip, which I need. Also, I have a very high-arched foot, and these particular shoes accommodate the arch nicely.
3. Someone earlier posted this...but, have two bags--one for class and one for clinical. You have no idea the germs and bacteria you will being home from the hospital. I leave my clinical bookbag in the car, along with my clinical shoes (I keep the original shoebox they came in in my trunk, and I just put them back in the box at the end of the shift). I also change and shower the minute I get home from clinical!
4. I went to Rite Aid (I'm sure CVS had them too), and I bought a plastic school box for, like, $3 bucks or so. It has several compartments and is extremely economical to keep all your tools and stethescope in--everything in one place, so it's not floating all over your bag.
5. Check your school policy about socks...I wasted some money buying tons of white ankle socks that I loved, only to find out later that the school policy is for white kneehighs.
6. Invest in a great stethescope. I went to Allheart (awesome site) and got a Littmann for under $80, got to choose a great color, and even got my name lasered on it.
7. Speaking of names...I would put my name on everything, labels or written in permanent marker. Everything in nursing school that you have can grow legs.
8. A good penlight, with lots of batteries.
9. Not sure if they provide you with these, but you would need a good hemostat and pair of tape scissors.
10. A pill cutter (I got mine real cheap at the dollar store).