What are the item(s) you need most for nursing school? - page 76

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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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    Quote from sandanrnstudent
    I read in the earlier posts that a PDA was "crucial" to have reference guides at one's fingertips.

    With the change in technology, is a PDA still important? obscelete? (however you spell it- lol)
    Has anything replaced the PDA in terms of a quick reference guide during clinicals?

    Just wondering.

    sandanrn
    I've heard from others that it's very NICE to have a smartphone, PDA or iPod Touch, but is NOT *crucial* for nursing school. I've also heard that some nursing clinical sites/instructors don't want their students using these devices during clinical (not even on the "airplane mode", so I'm holding off on purchasing one. If/when I do, I'll probably choose the Touch even though it won't be "live" like a smart phone, it also doesn't come with the monthly fee.
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    Quote from NamasteNurse
    A ROLLING SUITCASE to carry all the books. Get the study guides for every book even if it's not required. Note cards to make flash cards, loose leaf notebooks, sticky notes, pens and pencils. A nursing diagnosis book even if it's not required, a pharmacology made incredibly easy book. A calculator, a dosage administration workbook, do some each day.
    Interesting. Seems like the world is divided half and half on whether or not it's a wise investment to purchase the study guides for every textbook. I think I'll get in touch with some of the folks in the cohorts ahead of me and see if they found our specific study guides useful before I spend the money.

    I like the idea of a rolling SUITCASE (depending on your campus/class situation). I have a rolling laptop/bookbag that doesn't hold nearly as much as it looks like it would. By the time I load up a backpack AND the rolling case AND a lunch bag, I almost look like I'm homeless - and it's a lot to juggle. I might have to consider trying the suitcase idea!
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    You are welcome IndyElmer.

    FOR THOSE NEW TO NURSING SCHOOL THAT DON'T WANNA READ ALL 76 pages... here is a list of all that you would find reading this thread!

    sandanrnstudent

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    Office Supplies
    3 Ring Binder (I recommend you get 2 of them, 4 or 5")
    Loose leaf notebook paper

    (or get a 5 subject spiral bound in lieu of the above two, but you'll be using all the paper in it for notes so be prepared.)
    3 hole punch (for all the papers you'll get that aren't already punched)
    3 folders for clinical (some sware by an accordian folder that has multiple slots)
    Black Pens (you have to document in Black at clinicals. Also taking lecture notes, you need a lot of these.
    4x6 index cards (if you sware by making note cards.)

    (5x7) index cards for making drug cards
    No. 2 Pencils (need these for tests)
    Backpack (it needs to be very roomy - many sware by one with wheels!)
    stapler, small
    Highlighters (these will help bold important stuff when taking notes in lecture and highlighting as you spend hours reading books!
    calculator (for doing drug calculations)
    Clipboard (for clinical - get one that you can store stuff inside. They usually have a calc.r on the clip part…)
    Little Memo Pad (for your pocket to write down vitals and such at clinicals)
    Post Its
    Post It Flags
    Page protectors (for your syllabus and important papers)
    Thumb Drive to carry files back and forth
    Study Stuff
    Medical Dictionary (usually comes with the books you buy)
    NCLEX Review Guide (~$40 from Amazon… Saunders is the best. Get one with a CD included)
    Drug Book (usually comes with the books you buy -
    Davis' Guide is best)
    Nursing Care Plan Book (won't need until 2nd semester I think - ask for it for Christmas)
    Nursing Stuff
    Stethoscope
    White Shoes (comfy! I have shape ups… you'll be on your feet 6-8 hr/day with clinicals!)
    Blood Pressure Cuff
    Pen Light
    Medical Scissors (you don't have to have these, but people were all the time needing the pair I got)
    Home Supplies
    Coffee Maker
    Desk Lamp
    Computer
    Printer
    Printer Ink and Paper (you'll be printing a LOT of lecture powerpoints!)
    LOUD alarm clock!
    Miscellaneous
    Travel sized items you made need at clinical in a pinch
    EX: tylenol, tums, midol, chapstick, etc.
    Baby bottle of hand lotion
    Tote Bag (to carry stuff in to clinicals)
    Mindset Stuff
    Sense of Humor
    Being Surrounded by Supportive People
    Healthy Diet
    Quiet plact to study
    Exercise
    SLEEP!
    patience
    a brain
    a spine
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    LOve your list!!!!! I don't think you missed a thing
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    Quote from SuzieeQ
    I'm in my 2nd year of nursing, just beginning my acute rotation of clinical... You should definitely get your hands on a good stethoscope, CUE CARDS ON A RING (write notes/skills on them that are important, and keep them in the pocket of you scrubs!!), HANDBOOKS/pocket guides (i would suggest nursing diagnosis/quick reference books), and also... comfy shoes (in my first year, i bought a $10.00 pair of shoes, and they were my WORST purchase ever... you'll be on your feet all day, and need to be comfortable!)
    I know it's been five years since SuzieeQ first posted this so she might not be following the board anymore, but I'm curious if there are any specific handbooks / pocket-guides that were especially useful that she or anyone else reading this would highly recommend?

    (I've peeked at RNotes and LabNotes from the Davis Notes series and those look promising.)
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    Quote from IndyElmer
    I know it's been five years since SuzieeQ first posted this so she might not be following the board anymore, but I'm curious if there are any specific handbooks / pocket-guides that were especially useful that she or anyone else reading this would highly recommend?

    (I've peeked at RNotes and LabNotes from the Davis Notes series and those look promising.)
    I also am curious to know this information! Bumping up to see if anyone has some input!
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    Quote from mssjez

    I also am curious to know this information! Bumping up to see if anyone has some input!
    I've kept a pharm book in my clipboard at all times during clinicals
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    I've never seen clipboards what do you do with them?
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    Quote from studentnurseCT
    I've never seen clipboards what do you do with them?
    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...ou-115348.html
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    A wonderful and helpful old thread but still applicable...

    >>>>> Nurse-To-Be-Joy said: "I'm not yet in nursing school (will probably start next fall), so I'm curious about this. Are we gonna be half naked with our lab partners? What for??? :imbar"

    and Kabin replied: "Yes, in a nutshell. We have hospital gowns that make the transition quicker and less painful. Since you will take turns with your partner doing health assessments like for the skin, you'll need to remove some clothing. You should be able to keep your under wear on."

    I am a runner - love it so much. Thinkin' though I could def use a few more sets of mountain-climbers and stomach crunches through this spring and summer !!


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