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I bought the Littman stethoscope for about $45 on Ebay. I got my shoes (Dr. Scholl's) at Walmart for $29. You really aren't at clinicals for longer than 6 hours or so, so I didn't feel like I need the super expensive shoes some nurses get.
Work N' Gear had all the little stuff we needed (penlight, scissors, etc) and I already had a little bag to put it all in. I found it a lot easier to have a separate clinical bag and backpack.
You really aren't at clinicals for longer than 6 hours or so, so I didn't feel like I need the super expensive shoes some nurses get.
This is not necessarily a true statement. For one thing you have no idea how many clinical hours this OP has to complete, in addition to lab hours and you have no idea how frequently she will be in uniform. Our clinicals first year are 8 hours and second year are 12 hours, plus 3 or so hour labs.
I personally think shoes are very important, I have problematic feet and love Dansko's. I even wear Dansko brand shoes all winter with my jeans. I love them.
Get the best stethoscope u can afford....I have horrible hearing and it was hard for me to hear with the cheapo stethoscopes that came w/ our health kit....I have the Littmann Cardio III and LOVE it.....it is pricey though but IMO not much more of an investment to get things right....as for shoes, I just wear some comfy DC's.....but I normally wear skater shoes anyways
I've been debating getting Dansko's but I worry because I have FLAT, wide, and large feet so I wonder exactly how comfortable they will be. I hear they are horrible the first couple weeks...
I also have slightly wide and definitely large feet (size 10). I'm not sure what the size of your feet has to do with anything but my aunt cannot wear Dansko's because she had too wide of feet. The good news is that Zappos has an awesome return policy plus free shipping both ways so you can always try them on and see what you think. Just don't get them dirty or you might not be able to return them. My mom has flat feet and loves her Dansko's. And if your nursing program is anything like mine you will only be wearing your nursing shoes once or maybe twice a week so you won't really have to worry about how much pain they cause you. It's not like you'll be wearing them everyday or anything. I'll never forget the pain of breaking in my steel toed all leather gortex-lined boots when stationed in South Korea. That was extreme pain, no joke, nothing could be worse than that. Bring on the Dansko's!
I love me some Danskos and found them comfortable from Day One with no breaking-in period necessary. But they can be squeaky.
Also important is a good bag -- something really comfy to carry with organized places for everything you need every day.
I know this sounds weird, but I would say good undies are important, too. Nothing more distracting that crouching down to help a patient or bending to pick something up only to get that horrible feeling of undie-crawl up the backside.
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).