I strongly recommend starting a nursing equipment kit. My program just required a stethoscope and that was it, but we would get to clinicals and I couldn't find any medical equipment. After one too many clinicals spending 30 minutes trying to find a thermometer, I decided to start my nursing bag. I found a simple bag on amazon
and started adding equipment to it. Now all my classmates try to hunt down my bag for equipment!
My bag contains: Stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, temporal artery thermometer (easiest way to get temp), quick-release gait belt, hemostat, medical scissors, pens and sharpies, menthol/vic's vapor rub (to rub under your nose when you have c.diff patients!), penlight, pulse oximeter, drug book, and a RNotes flip book.
Also, GET A STORAGE CLIPBOARD! I have one and it is amazing. I use it to hold papers and to store sensitive information in the storage compartment. I placed a label on it that says, "This folder contains confidential information. If found, please return to the nursing station. Property of XXX."