School supplies other than books?

  1. 0 Hi everyone!

    I Offically start school August 30th for the BN program here in Canada. My college just eliminated the RN and LPN program, and they have made many changes to this year's new BN program. Our book list isn't even out yet, can you believe?? I am not a last minute person, so you can imagine how this is stressing me out....

    I am wondering what kind of supplies you all purchased your first year, or wish you had purchased. I am planning on buying a small portable laptop for classes (around a 10.5 inch screen) and have heard flashcards are also a great idea... What other supplies other than the obvious (pens, paper) did you purchase that made studying, or organizing your notes, easier? What supplies did you use to take with you to clinical?

    Thank you in advance!
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  3. Visit  doublehelix profile page

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    From 'Winnipeg, MB'; Joined Aug '10; Posts: 167; Likes: 49.

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  4. Visit  Despareux profile page
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    I use colored sticky tabs that you can write on and lots and lots of highlighters. I also prefer pencil to pen, so a good portable sharpener. Lots of pink erasers. Three ring binder dividers--I have a feeling we're going to need a lot of those while in the program.

    But really, I have no clue what I'm actually going to need because I haven't started my program yet.
  5. Visit  Teebee5 profile page
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    I know I have read a great coloumn on here about school supplies.. I will hunt for it....

    Okay I would get a good backpack with wheels, a lunch kit.
    Black pens, the kinda that don't smug.
    A red pen
    Good pencils and of course erasers, I like the eraser pen.
    Get multi colour highlighters, and post it notes.
    Buy a clipboard, Walmart sells a nice Five Star one for 4$.
    Get good big 2" or larger binders.
    Get some report covers
    Don't forget paper, and if your like me, get a good sized planner.
    Get recipe cards to make your flash cards.
    A whole punch, again wallmart has a binder style for less than 5$.
    Little rings to put your flash cards on.
    A large pencil case.
    Hair Ties
    Litte klennex pack
    Keep some toonies, in your pencil case, just in case.

    I also recommend a wall calendar. Superstore has this great Mom's Kitchen Calendar that you can put on your fridge (includes the magnets) and its less than 10 dollars and is 18 months. Its starts September 2010.

    It has good space to write in due dates, important things and finals.

    Don't sckimp on the stethoscope, I personally use a Littman Classic II, again there is a thread on here about stethoscopes too!

    Get comfy shoes, wait to buy your nursing shoes until you see you schools requirements, but again, Walmart sells Dr.Scholls shoes that are super comfy.

    Good luck and enjoy the program!
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  6. Visit  Teebee5 profile page
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    Forgot to include... a watch with a second hand.
    And don't get scrubs until you hear what you school wants you to wear. My school has a set uniform colour.
  7. Visit  Teebee5 profile page
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    Here is that other thread on good supplies.

    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...-s-111796.html

    And here is the one about Stethoscopes...

    http://allnurses.com/nursing-stethos...ng-449787.html
    Last edit by Teebee5 on Aug 4, '10 : Reason: found other post.
  8. Visit  Birry profile page
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    I'm looking into a desk, a laser printer, a new backpack, a new iMac...

    I guess I only NEED the new backpack, but the other three will help me to actually do homework.
  9. Visit  healthstar profile page
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    Highlighters and diff color pens are my bestfriends. I prefer pens because they don't smudg like a pencil and I want to keep my notes forever. I have used pencils to take notes and by the end of the semseter I can't read my own writing--pencils are not long lasting like pens. When I go shopping for supplies I am like a lil kid--I want this, this, that and that and I end up using just 1/3 of the supplies. I am going to buy a good watch.
  10. Visit  cmonkey profile page
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    Quote from doublehelix
    Hi everyone!

    I Offically start school August 30th for the BN program here in Canada. My college just eliminated the RN and LPN program, and they have made many changes to this year's new BN program. Our book list isn't even out yet, can you believe?? I am not a last minute person, so you can imagine how this is stressing me out....

    I am wondering what kind of supplies you all purchased your first year, or wish you had purchased. I am planning on buying a small portable laptop for classes (around a 10.5 inch screen) and have heard flashcards are also a great idea... What other supplies other than the obvious (pens, paper) did you purchase that made studying, or organizing your notes, easier? What supplies did you use to take with you to clinical?

    Thank you in advance!
    I heart Dr Grip mechanical pencils so hard. Nice and fat with a squishy pad at the bottom.
  11. Visit  *4!#6 profile page
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    I was thinking about this earlier and the one of the most valuable things that has helped me through college & work is my collection of tupperware. There were & will be days when I will eat breakfast at 7-8 AM and not return home until midnight. Packing my food in my tupperware allowed me to save money and eat healthy.
  12. Visit  MSears profile page
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    I started my program back in January, and will be starting my 2nd semester this Aug. My suggestions as far as supplies goes would be to SAVE MONEY anywhere you can. If your a laptop kind of person (meaning someone who prefers typing notes in class opposed to pen and paper) then thats a good purchase, but if not save that money. My Nursing supplies come in a bundle that I can get in the bookstore at my school. 1st semester kit contained stethescope, BP cuff, tuning fork, pen light, tape measure, and a reflex hammer. all that for just $50. Same with 2nd semester just diff kit, more expensive but more stuff also. Try and see if you school has that because its way easier and cheaper than buying everything seperate. Also i personally ddnt see the need for an expensive stethescope. I used the one that came in my kit and it worked perfectly fine. My watch I got from walmart for like $10. I think a common misconception people have going into nursing school is that they need to get the top of the line supplies and thats not true. Especially as you progress it gets more expensive. Whatever you do try and save money now and get the basic things you need, pens paper etc. I used the same supplies that i used for my other classes and still made good grades.

    Hope this helps =)
    oh lol the one thing i did fall in love with is those highlighters with the colored post it things on the side Love Those!!!!
  13. Visit  Schweet profile page
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    All of the posts above are great and I also recommend most of the items they mentioned. Here's a list of the top 7 items all new nursing students should buy:
    -3 inch binder w/ dividers
    -clipboard with space in it for papers and attached calculator
    -comfortable walking shoes
    -any littmann steth. (the cheapest litt. will do fine)
    -day planner of some sort
    -watch
    -pen light
    In my opinion these are the essentials (in addition to the stuff you already know of like pens and paper).
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  14. Visit  Birry profile page
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    The Papermate Sharpwriter mechanical pencils are absolutely the best, IMO. The way they're designed makes it so you can just slightly rotate the pencil periodically to keep that really sharp point (and the graphite won't just spin back to the dull side). The erasers are also good, not those crappy color ones that just smear all over the page. I've got cases of them.
  15. Visit  murphyle profile page
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    There's another good "school supplies" thread at Nursing School Must Haves?? - Nursing for Nurses. I recommended a few items in that thread, the revised version of which looks something like this:

    * Large dry-erase board. Get one cheap at Walmart, Target, wherever. Divide into seven blocks and chart a week's worth of assignments at a time.
    * Large pack of black ball-point pens. Black is the only legal color for charting, and you'll have a very hard time writing on carbonless forms with a rollerball or gel pen. If you must use distinctive pens, be prepared to lose them; good pens grow legs faster than anything on a busy unit.
    * NCLEX flashcards. Get into the habit of doing ten to fifteen a night now and you'll be in great shape for the actual exam.
    * PDA/smartphone and medical software. If your device doesn't run one of the recognized platforms (iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Droid), then get a cheap Palm off eBay or Craigslist. For programs, you need a drug book and you'll probably want a clinical handbook. ePocrates is free for #1; check out Skyscape or Lexi-Comp and pick what you like for #2.
    * Clinical supplies. Cheap is good. You need bandage scissors, a measuring tape and a penlight.
    * Clinical clothing. Again, cheap is good insofar as "cheap" doesn't translate to "see-through." I recommend an extra pair beyond what your school requires; body substances have a special attraction for student whites, and I guarantee you'll trash at least one set over your SN career. Also, if you're in a cold climate or work on a cold unit, consider buying a pair of lightweight long underwear (bottoms and a short-sleeve top) for wear under scrubs. That hike from the offsite employee lot gets awfully chilly in winter!
    * Clinical shoes. Already mentioned elsewhere.
    * Your stethoscope. Please, take this old TA's advice and do not cheap out here. Spragues are fine for the lab, but try to take one into a big noisy unit and assess an agitated patient with it, and all you're going to hear is tube-rubbing and other artifacts. Get a Littmann or an ADC (it doesn't have to be cardiology-grade, the "classic" lines are fine). Or, if you have a Sprague you love and can't part with, you can try the old EMT trick where you tape the tubes together. I've never tried it personally, but heard a few people say it works.
    * Lunchbox, lunch containers and water bottle. For every one good hospital cafeteria I've been in, I can think of five nutritional nightmares. Pack a lunch. Also get into the habit of keeping a small, healthy, easily consumed snack somewhere on your person (small protein bar, bag of trail mix, whatever). You won't be nearly as tempted to splurge on chips and candy when your blood glucose starts dropping at 4 PM and you've got another three hours to go.
    * One large and one travel-size container of the OTC analgesic of your choice (aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc). You're guaranteed to suffer at least one headache, muscle strain or sudden onset of cramps during your clinical career. Keep the travel-size in your bag and reload from the big bottle as needed.

    What you won't need:

    * Clipboards. Yes, they look all cool and official, and they're OK in the lab, but on a unit you're just going to leave them laying around. Don't bother.
    * Tuning forks, reflex hammers and the like. You'll only use them once in lab; it's money better spent elsewhere. On a unit, you can use the head of your stethoscope as a field-expedient reflex hammer. Use a tongue depressor to check Babinskis and touch discrimination, if you really have to.

    Hope this helps!
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