I would call myself a fairly organized person with some OCD tendencies. I think the organizational strategy to use depends on your classes.; however, there are some guidelines every person should use including:
- Binders with some sort of divider (use colors if you like)... use the tab dividers to divide up the chapters/systems (i.e. sensory, neurological, cardiac, respiratory, or renal). This is particularly useful when using PPTs (note that some PPTs in some school have notes written on the bottom of the screen when you open powerpoint and they are usually pretty useful so just look into it!).
- Post it notes are good for jotting down quick notes and ideas. I do this all the time for projects and when I have ideas for them and when a teacher asks something in class I did not understand or forgot to ask... I write it down and use for reference later.
- I use binder clips alot (those big black ones) to hold together my files as when I go to school I usually have my file folder, textbook, and maybe a small notebook for some notes (but I usually write directly on my PPTs).
- ***One organizational method I found particularly useful is writing in different colors. Whatever the teacher says in class I jot down in red pen... notes I write from my textbook and elsewhere is written in blue. Sometimes I use green specifically for diagnostic information. You will find that each subject has some time of organization like my medical surgical book: pathophysiology, diagnostic values, treatments, and nursing collaborative care. All subjects will divided up somehow... use that to your advantage.
- Highlighters are a given honestly... buy a couple but know that I usually only use yellow and pink for easy visibility while some other colors are a little difficult to see through.
- Other than that the rest of your supplies should be textbooks and supplements.
- Some people in my class have elected to tape record lectures (of course with teacher permission) and re-listen to them later.
- My clinicals I bought a clipboard for that can hold a couple papers inside (usually SBARS, blank care plans
, and evaluation drafts) and that is sufficient for my clinical site. Some supplementary things to bring to clinical include the clinical companion books that often accompany many textbooks. Some things like vital sign ranges, standard/air/droplet/contact precaution facts are useful. I also usually carry some supplies from the hospital itself to my patient's room such as alcohol wipes, gauzes, and my penlight.
That is all I can think of for now. I have more supplies for when I am archiving the class's notes when I finish with them such as including sheet protectors and such but that is for another post.