Stocking up before school

  1. I'm just wondering what you all can recommend to buy in advance of starting school? I've got scrubs on my list (school allows you to buy your own!), shoes, stethoscope, paper/pens etc...

    Anything else I can buy up front?
    Last edit by FutureNurse2005 on May 4, '04
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   ARmickie
    Judging from what I've seen on other posts in this forum, I've bought lots of index cards, a hole punch, and an index card binder.. highlighters, and lots of binders! Oh yes.. an accordian file to stay organized.. uhmm.. it's around here somewhere!
  4. by   suzanne4
    scissors I have always favored the ones that can cut anything, but do not have a sharp tip. Love the ones that Key Surgical makes. Actually even keep two pairs in my kitchen for food. One for cutting meats, and one for other fruits and vegetables. Get a few pairs.................And they are actually quite cheap..........................
  5. by   RedSox33RN
    Quote from suzanne4
    scissors I have always favored the ones that can cut anything, but do not have a sharp tip. Love the ones that Key Surgical makes. Actually even keep two pairs in my kitchen for food. One for cutting meats, and one for other fruits and vegetables. Get a few pairs.................And they are actually quite cheap..........................
    Yes, scissors were on our "to buy" list also. Also was a watch with a second hand, Kelly clamp, nursing shoes, etc.

    For study supplies, I'm considering a laptop and PDA. I have to travel an hour each way, and if the weather gets bad (snow, etc.), I will stay with a friend of mine who lives near the school. With a laptop, I'll be able to complete homework and stuff.

    I agree with above though - I LOVE my 3-hole punch!! LOL
  6. by   LauraLou
    A few suggestions:

    Penlight
    Pen-on-a rope (wear it around your neck and you won't loose your pen at clinical)
    Extra gloves (the ones they give you in school are usually too big)
    Clipboard
    Careplan book
  7. by   AmyLiz
    Frozen dinners.
  8. by   manna
    I'm stocking up on everything - not just school supplies, but household stuff too (soap, paper plates, whatever! That way - when I'm broke and have left my job - maybe it won't be such a financial stretch!
  9. by   camiluvsNURSING
    Good Idea!!!



    Quote from manna
    I'm stocking up on everything - not just school supplies, but household stuff too (soap, paper plates, whatever! That way - when I'm broke and have left my job - maybe it won't be such a financial stretch!
  10. by   suzy253
    All great suggestions so far.
    calculator
    pencils
    xtra erasers (hate when taking exams and the eraser breaks off the pencil!)
    lots of highlighters, pens
    post-it notes for marking pages in your books
    Some kind of tote for your books/notebooks

    caffeine...of any type.
  11. by   Berta
    extra uniform
    highlighters
    index cards
    printer cartridge for computer
    printer paper (I went through 4 reams since september)
    staples & stapler
    paper clips
    Qty of 4 binders at least 3 inches
    cassette tapes & recorder
    mini book light for reading in bed
    huge bottle of tylenol
    Bigger bottle of Tums
    good pair of goggles
    Rnotes
    nursing care plan book (other than the one the school recommends)
    made easy series books (I swear by them. I read them more than my textbooks)
    Tabors medical dictionary
    Davis drug guide
    stethoscope tag
    black pens
    tote bag
    lunch bag
    phone card
    gas card (I spent a fortune in gas running to my clinical sites)
    little bottle of Purrell to keep in pocket

  12. by   Spoiled1
    Quote from Berta
    extra uniform
    highlighters
    index cards
    printer cartridge for computer
    printer paper (I went through 4 reams since september)
    staples & stapler
    paper clips
    Qty of 4 binders at least 3 inches
    cassette tapes & recorder
    mini book light for reading in bed
    huge bottle of tylenol
    Bigger bottle of Tums
    good pair of goggles
    Rnotes
    nursing care plan book (other than the one the school recommends)
    made easy series books (I swear by them. I read them more than my textbooks)
    Tabors medical dictionary
    Davis drug guide
    stethoscope tag
    black pens
    tote bag
    lunch bag
    phone card
    gas card (I spent a fortune in gas running to my clinical sites)
    little bottle of Purrell to keep in pocket

    What are the made easy series books? Where can they be found??
  13. by   nursemichelle
    Mints to have in your mouth when you are doing stinky things :chuckle
  14. by   Berta
    I got my made incredibly easy books at Barnes & Noble, Borders, school book store, amazon, etc.

    The made easy books simply break down the information that is presented in textbooks into something that is easier to understand.

    You won't beleive what made me get these books...The nurses station at one of the hospitals I did clinical at, had them and they were constantly used.

    I swear by these books.. I also have the computer program for the med/surg. It ask nclex type questions then gives complete rationals for answers.

    So far I have Med/Surgical nursing made incredibly easy Isbn # 1-58255-269x,
    I love that book. Fluids & Electrolytes made incredibly easy- ISBN #1-58255-136-7, and Maternal-Neonatal nursing made incredibly easy- ISBN# 1-58255-268-1. They cost about $35 each. If I had bought the med/surg book first, I wouldn't have bought the fluid & electrolytes one. It is a good book, but the material is covered in the med/surg one. The maternal one is awesome.

    I plan to purchase the NCLEX made incredibly easy book next.

    Berta
    Last edit by Berta on May 4, '04 : Reason: because I can't type

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