What are the item(s) you need most for nursing school? - page 3

I have been going through all these posts to find what items are the best things to have for nursing school. The posts are all scattered so I thought I would start a post that will contain all the... Read More

  1. Visit  suzy253 profile page
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    Quote from Chicklet2
    Hey I have wide feet and went with Nurse Mates that look like runners. Hope that helps
    New Balance is an excellent shoe and comes in wide sizes
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  3. Visit  rkrs6673 profile page
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    this is a great thread
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  4. Visit  Someday-C.R.N.A. profile page
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    Quote from Chicklet2
    Something I find very useful in clinical is a coil pocket guide made for RN's or LPN's. In it are assessments to guide u, meds, section for stuff u might come across in emerg, geri, OB/peds patients, lab values, basics like normal vitals, pain scales, BMI chart, commen abreviations, med calcs, there is also a place to keep up to 5 patients info and just use a ball point pen to write and an alcohol swab to wipe it off. U can also keep phone numbers and codes for your hospital and it comes with a monthly planner that u can fill in each month. If you are interested it is by Ehren Myeres either under LPN Notes (NUrse's Clinical Pocket Guide) or under RN notes. Also try and get a watch that u can pin to your uniform, otherwise your constantly taking it off to wash your hands. Hope that helps.

    Pin the watch to my uniform??........Sounds like a pretty good idea. I recently bought a watch for my CNA course (pre-req here) and decided to opt for a fabric band as opposed to metal to avoid noise, but never considered this "pinning" option.........I did wonder about the hand washing thing, though............Anyone else doing this??

    That little notebook jobber sounds pretty good, too..........I think I'll be looking into purchasing one of these for sure.


    Awesome thread!!
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  5. Visit  GigLs2u profile page
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    good fitting shoes that comply with school policy.
    uniforms congruent with school policy. if you get cold easily get a lab coat or sweater you can where in clinical. i got a lab coat because you have pockets for more things.
    water resistant watch - i still use the dial type. it is simpler for me than fumbling with buttons on a digital.
    calculator (not fancy)
    black pens - (i have switched to gel because it is less tiring on my hand. i prefer the click style for obvious reasons)
    red ball point (if you will be learning to take off any orders)
    black marker (if you will be learning to set up charts)
    highlighters - colors of choice
    drug book - small enough it will not be a burden to carry to clinical.
    medical dictionary
    stethoscope (a reasonably priced one will do until you can afford better) dual tubing gives better acoustics, i am told. my cheap stethoscope i started school with still works. maybe i should sell on ebay. lol
    bandage scissors
    hemostat
    reflex hammer ( i had to have for assessment class but have not used since.)
    nclex books - i would not bother with until near the end of your program.
    spiral pocket size notebook -this is to write things down in clinical for reference later. you are learning so much this could be very helpful. i wish someone had suggested to me years ago.
    backpack (my preference is the one with wheels because you only have one spine your entire life.)
    whatever is required on your school supply list.
    whatever supplies you need to organize yourself to be the most successful.

    formal papers should be typed so access to computer with printer or typewriter is important.

    a pda certainly would be nice but if you are counting pennies i don't think it is necessary.

    good luck! we look forward to having you!

    Quote from rn2be2006
    i have been going through all these posts to find what items are the best things to have for nursing school. the posts are all scattered so i thought i would start a post that will contain all the info for the new incoming students.

    i would like to know what i should spend my money on when it comes to study guides, nclex review books, net review books, best nursing shoes (without a logo), stethescope, misc nursing items you have to have, etc. any new students/senior students/graduate nurses have any info they can share? what were the items you couldn't live without???

    thanks for your input!
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  6. Visit  youknowho profile page
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    A great stethoscope that best fits you. Just becaue Everyone in your class has a certain brand doesnt mean its a good fit for you.
    A great lab partner. Its easier going over skill check off etc with someone who takes everything seriously. My lab partner has helped me alot.
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  7. Visit  Califlower profile page
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    Just an addendum on the stethoscopes -- I think cheap steths are great, but if you can, check to see if you can get the cushy ear rubber cover thingamajics. I think the Littmanns come with it -- without it, some stethos hurt your ear so much, you can forget about trying to listen to anything else. At least try the stethos on to see if they're a good fit to your ears, and are lightweight.
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  8. Visit  Marie_LPN, RN profile page
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    http://www.ataglance.com/store/shop/...?productid=513

    This has been my favorite student planner, this is the FIRST thing i get before school starts. It has a plastic cover, 3 ring punchout to fit in a binder, 12 month calendars with large day spaces, plus weekly calendars with plenty of room to write down assignments.

    And also has a section in the back for phone numbers and addresses, so you can keep your classmates' numbers together with your assignments.
  9. Visit  MedSurge profile page
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    for me, it's tape! i hate it when i reached out to my pocket and i can't find a piece of tape :angryfire . there will be something that needs to be taped, either the foley bag, or the iv lines, anything! oh yea...and also scrubs that have lots of pockets, it will make your clinical easy as you can store lots of stuff so that you don't have to run in and out the room!

    as for books? i am using the new hesi nclex rn review, it's the best nursing book that you can find because it highlights the major things that we need to know for the nclex or hesi.
    the taber medical dictionary was a great help for me when i was taking pathophysiology.
    the davis drug guide was also a big help for me in pharmacology.

    i can't think of anything else, everybody has basically said everything :uhoh21:
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  10. Visit  wannabemw profile page
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    Thanks for the Magazine suggestions! I looked on Amazon & they carry them, so it is on my list of things 2 get b4 school!

    ~MJ
  11. Visit  mandrews profile page
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    I had to have a lab coat for clinicals but it had to be a certain length so you might ask someone in the program. I used those post it flags to flag meds in the med book that i took to clinicals. Make sure you buy more than one set of clinical scrubs because you can get gross and you will have so much paperwork you don't want to be up everynight doing laundry. highlighters. I had a hour drive to school so i bought a tape recorder and I would go home and read over my notes for the day and i would listen to the tape over and over again on my way to and from school. It helped drill in those "this is important" comments. I didn't record lectures because the sound is never good and it was irritating having students run to the front changing their cassettes, etc.

    melissa
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    Quote from mandrews
    I had a hour drive to school so i bought a tape recorder and I would go home and read over my notes for the day and i would listen to the tape over and over again on my way to and from school. It helped drill in those "this is important" comments. I didn't record lectures because the sound is never good and it was irritating having students run to the front changing their cassettes, etc.

    melissa
    THAT IS THE BEST IDEA I HAVE HEARD IN A LONG TIME!!!!!!!! YES I AM SHOUTING BECAUSE I'M DEAD SERIOUS!!!!!!!!

    All this time I was wondering about the sound quality, but really wanted to record the lectures to help me in remembering everything. I hadn't really come up with a good solution, and then came you.......

    I LOVE YOU!!! It's one of those, "Why didn't I think of that?" So simple, but yet OH so effective...And with your own voice you can read the notes and put emphasis on things that you need to.

    This is just validation of why I love this site...... Thanks for the SUPERB idea!:kiss
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  13. Visit  Momto3andNurse2B profile page
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    Quote from chattypattyCRNA2B
    THAT IS THE BEST IDEA I HAVE HEARD IN A LONG TIME!!!!!!!! YES I AM SHOUTING BECAUSE I'M DEAD SERIOUS!!!!!!!!

    All this time I was wondering about the sound quality, but really wanted to record the lectures to help me in remembering everything. I hadn't really come up with a good solution, and then came you.......

    I LOVE YOU!!! It's one of those, "Why didn't I think of that?" So simple, but yet OH so effective...And with your own voice you can read the notes and put emphasis on things that you need to.

    This is just validation of why I love this site...... Thanks for the SUPERB idea!:kiss
    I agree. I wasn't certain about recording lectures, and I usually take pretty good notes. This might be just the ticket. Plus, you're reviewing your notes as you're recording them. Too bad I only have a 5-10 minute drive to school!

    Thanks!
  14. Visit  wannabemw profile page
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    Quote from chattypattyCRNA2B
    THAT IS THE BEST IDEA I HAVE HEARD IN A LONG TIME!!!!!!!! YES I AM SHOUTING BECAUSE I'M DEAD SERIOUS!!!!!!!!

    :kiss
    This has GOT to be better then listening to the monotone professor! I have tried previously to record lectures & was only put to sleep. But now that I will have a 45m drive to school it is sounding better & better! My only prob: I have an LD r/t hearing defiency. Anyone else? I hear what is being said, but have a difficult time processing it! It really does suck. B/c I do take good notes & I have a notetaker. That plus a short attention span! Hopefully meds will help me more this time around (ADD meds). My grades did improve significantly after the addition last yr. I know, I am just stressing! Now that I think about it my learning specialist did suggest recording lectures & listening to the lectures while going to sleep. She said "it really does work & one way or another u will get the info in!"

    ~MJ


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