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

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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... Read More


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    Hi there!

    I'm just starting my accelerated BN in september and just got my list of things to buy. I'm surprised by how strict the uniform (i.e. shoe and sock) policy is but I understand this is to comply with the range of preferences clinical placements could have. Anywhoo, a watch. With my current digital watch I have to fumble with small buttons to get it to the stopwatch or seconds setting. It may seem like a little thing but, does anyone have any suggestions on what the best type of watch to get is?

    Is a PDA really necessary? I want to do all that i can to make this 20 month accelerated degree go as smoothly as possible but I'm also very, very broke.

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote from Momto3andNurse2B
    On the subject of shoes...I know it has been discussed in about a million threads, but specifically, I have wide feet (thank you very much to my three children.) I purchased a pair of Rockers in wide that seem pretty comfortable but a little tight across the front. Maybe they just need some breaking in. Anyone else with wide feet have great luck with a particular brand of shoe?

    Thanks,
    Richele
    Hey I have wide feet and went with Nurse Mates that look like runners. Hope that helps
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    Quote from Chicklet2
    Hey I have wide feet and went with Nurse Mates that look like runners. Hope that helps

    I have had about 5 pairs in the past 2 semesters. I just bought a pair from KLOGS. They are white clogs, ugly as anything...but Oh my are they comfortable. I just spent 6 straight hours standing in the OR and my legs and feet did not hurt a bit. They are washable and have a closed back on them.(my school requires them to be all white with an enclosed back).

    Some other supplies I would reccomend are:
    a pen lite, bandage scissors, hemastats and lots and lots of study guides and CD's. We also use the Delmar series of Cd's. These are great to help you with your skills. I also subscribe to Nursing 2005 and nursing made easy. I find them both extremely helpful. I have quite a few of the nursing made easy books. I would reccomend them to anyone who is a visual learner. They use pneumonics (spelling?) and other things to help you remember.

    Good luck in your adventure in nursing school. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. :Melody: :hatparty:
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    Quote from mag27
    Hi there!

    I'm just starting my accelerated BN in september and just got my list of things to buy. I'm surprised by how strict the uniform (i.e. shoe and sock) policy is but I understand this is to comply with the range of preferences clinical placements could have. Anywhoo, a watch. With my current digital watch I have to fumble with small buttons to get it to the stopwatch or seconds setting. It may seem like a little thing but, does anyone have any suggestions on what the best type of watch to get is?

    Is a PDA really necessary? I want to do all that i can to make this 20 month accelerated degree go as smoothly as possible but I'm also very, very broke.

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!
    I don't have one, and I've survived 3 1/2 years of BScN program without one!!


    A good coffeemaker/tea pot.
    A sense of humour, and being surrounded by people that support you are also essiential!.
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    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!
    Don't buy the tuning fork, reflex hammer, etc. However buy a good littman stethescope cuz you'll use this a lot. oh get a good nclex book, medical dictionary. oh and my white scrubs and white tennis shoes that i only got to wear like 5 times, were destroyed in an accidental fire....i saw the whole thing happen..it was horrible...i lit the match....and poof! I miss those scrubs....
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    Quote from lisamc1
    Ok, Marie, I'll put it back up here and if you can convince the powers that be to give us a sticky, I'm move it to that thread.



    Here are some of the supplies that I've found helpful:

    a.A 3 ring-binder
    b.loose leaf notebook paper
    c.one of those 3 hole punches that you can put in the 3 ring binder
    d.3 folders specifically for clinicals- one to keep your assessment sheets, extra blank careplans, any notes that help you in clinicals, extra paper to write on. One that holds your completed careplan, med cards, and textbook pictures to hand into your instructor, and one to put all the graded med cards and textbook pictures in.
    e. index cards-3x5 and 5x8 and index card boxes for each size
    f. black pens
    g.no. 2 pencils and sharpener
    h.a backpack (some people like the ones you have a handle and wheels. Those books can get heavy!)
    i. stapler, small
    j. lots of highlighters
    k. calculator

    That's all I can think of for now!

    it's a matter of opinion but when i start thinking about whether i want scoliosis or a backpack with wheels....i choose scoliosis everytime. but really you seem very organized and i wish i was more like that but with scoliosis.
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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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    this is a great thread
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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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    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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