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This is a discussion on Organization and shoe question for new nursing student.. in General Nursing Student, part of Nursing Student ... Hello everyone!! I'm new to this website and this is my first post/question, so bear with me! I...by ko115 Aug 25, '12Hello everyone!! I'm new to this website and this is my first post/question, so bear with me! I start the nursing program in October, so I'm trying to purchase all the supplies and get myself organized way in advance so that I am (or feel like I am, anyway) 100% prepared for my first day of class.
So far I'm just a little unsure how I should organize my binders. I have looked for past forum posts so that I wouldn't have to make a second post on the same subject, but nothing is quite what I am looking for, so here it goes... I bought two 2 inch Case-it binders, one blue and one purple, because I am going to attempt to color code my binders with the classes I will be taking my first semester. I don't think that two classes will fit in one binder, so I will probably go out and purchase two more binders. Also, I am tossing the idea around to have two separate Kipling messenger bags for my Mon/Wed, Tues/Thurs classes. Is this a good organizational method to go by, or is there a better way to prepare? I've never felt so unsure of how to organize myself before I start a class!!
Also, the shoes. I am debating on purchasing New Balance shoes. I tried on a pair the other day and absolutely loved how comfortable they are! I have two bulging discs in my lumbar spine, so I need to find something with good support. They are to be white leather and have a back. Anyway, are New Balance shoes the best to get for the problem with my back, or is there a better pair of shoes out there?
I'm so glad I found this website... I'm looking forward to the responses and ideas from everyone
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- Aug 25, '12 by 2bNurseCaiI had a pair of New Balance sneakers that I finally got rid of today after two years of working in a nursing home full time, school full time, and generally beating the crap out of then constantly. I loved them. If you tried them on and they made you happy, then go for it! There's no "right shoe"
- Aug 25, '12 by onfireforGodI had two herniated discs on my lumbar spine that I had surgery on. I wear sketcher shape UPS for extra support and cushion. So far when I wear them I'm good aka can get out of bed the next day with minimal pain. Just my two cents
- Aug 25, '12 by weaversSpend money on good shoes. I like running shoes. dr scholls inserts help. be sure to run/walk 1-2 miles before buying shoes. wear them in the store for +15mins. if there is any discomfort/hotspots don't get them. for my school it is all white shoes, we use white out on logos, there weren't to man choices for white mens shoes.
origination. I use a laptop. I type my lecture notes and email everything to myself and often times to my classmates as well. I keep a theory binder(2-3"). to be honest I don't use it much. i tend to take it to school with me. all of my text books are on my laptop(page burst). Some people keep everyone in 1 or 2 binders and take them to school every day, or keep in car, so incase you want to do homework for that class. color coding is really good, especially if you can do that with highlighting notes.
my clip board for clinical I use the one linked below. It is nice to put things inside that won't just fall off. I also use those clear binder pockets and use one for meds. I look up common meds use on the floor and make a spread sheet, class, side effects, nursing considerations, teaching, ect. I have another for diabetes(education for newly dx). one for extra clinical paper work. one for scrap paper, ect.
- Aug 26, '12 by tots24I love my New Balance shoes! Never once left the hospital with sore feet!
- Aug 26, '12 by KatieJ91Shoes: I have a pair of Dansko (or Sanita) clogs for clinical. I work in the hospital as a nurse extern and have a pair of Alegria Seville and love them. Either I would recommend. However, make sure you try them on before ordering online. Both have tricky sizing.
Organization: I personally do not like to type notes on my laptop. I find that I get distracted too easily and can't abbreviate and draw pictures like I want to. The way I pull A's in nursing school is by taking notes by hand in lecture then I go home and copy the powerpoint outline into a word document. I then go through and reread the outline while adding in my own notes. I print out the outline as my official study guide for the test. Everyone is different. This is my own personal method.
I have one binder for clinical and one binder for theory. I only need a one inch binder because after I move on from a unit I put the outlines and powerpoints into a big storage binder to refer back to. My clinical binder consist of tables/charts to refer back to, assignments to hand in that day, and extra papers such as brains, journal entries, etc.
I have folders on my computer broken down into Quarters (Semesters), Class, and Unit so that the information is able to be found easily again. Every once in a while I just stick a thumb drive in my computer and copy over my folders to have as back up. This came in handy last quarter as we had a skills review from all skills learned during the 1st year. I was able to go to each quarter and pull up all my notes and power points.
One tool I love is my laminator I bought it for $20 at Costco (Purple Cow brand). I find or make charts that I can easily flip to at clinical to look up information such as lab values, assessment findings, etc.
Hope this helps.
- Aug 26, '12 by Abigail612I wouldn't bother having two messanger bags I would just switch out the books you don't need the night before, plus by haveing two bags you always run the risk of grabing the wroung one (I so can see myself doing that! :P). Definitely get the New Balance. Their factory is in my town so literaly everyone one has them at work including myself. I always get the white leather ones, they are very comfortable and durable. When I first became a CNA I thought that they were to expensive and so I bought shoes from walmart, I was buying new shoes every three months. Then NB had their tent sale and I bought a pair of their white leather ones for a good price and they lasted me a year and a half. The only reason that they needed to be thrown out was because they were stained beyound all hope (which is expected when you have to wear white).
- Aug 26, '12 by runforfunThe organization method you have in mind sounds like it is going to work. Just make sure you have pencils, pens, hi-liters, chapstick, hand sanitizer, whatever you need either in both bags so you don't forget it, or in a separate small bag or pencil case that you can easily move between the two.
If you find your system isn't working, adjust it a little bit at a time. It is best to start with what has worked in the past, then modify for your new situation.
- Aug 27, '12 by binarythe first 2 semesters i colour coded my courses with different coloured binders. i gradually transitioned from handwriting lecture notes to bringing my laptop and taking notes that way. (for me this was so much better and i focused on the lectures better...i also recorded lectures on my laptop and if i wanted to review something, i typed the time stamp right into my notes so i could find it quickly.)
when an exam or quiz came up, i would print my notes and put them in colour coded duotangs based on the course. made it nice when archiving my notes in bankers boxes at the end of each semester and quick to pull them up when i needed to review.
essentially, all my notes are on computer also hard copy. i always emailed myself my notes each day as an additional backup and (shortcut for saving a doc) became my best friend. i also learned lots of other shortcuts along the way.
our curriculum expected us to do our "packages" before we came to class so a group of us 6 girls (we stuck out the whole program together for the most part) would each be assigned a package to type out for the week and complete and email to the rest of the group members via a deadline. then it was a matter of filling in the blanks and fleshing out the notes on laptops during lecture.
this worked great for me and i graduated with a 90% average. you will spend 1st semester finding out what works best for you and fine tuning in it throughout the rest of your program
good luck!Last edit by binary on Aug 27, '12 : Reason: paragraphing
- Aug 27, '12 by RachelZ0918I have found that recording lectures and writing in the time that something was said/lectured on right on the power point the teacher was going over VERY helpful. Sometimes its so much info, you cant keep up and going back to listen at that certain time helps you hear things you may have missed! I start on Thursday but I have a big trapper keeper type binder that I have divided between my 2 classes and also a binder and clipboard for clinicals. I also write in colored pens..it helps me to keep things organized better!