Nursing School Supplies? - page 2

by robyn_a | 12,928 Views | 17 Comments

I am trying to buy supplies from the list as I go through the summer so I won't go into shock having to buy everything at once.. I was wondering if anyone has started buying supplies (to start Fall 2012)? I was told that I... Read More


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    Only another 13 you're lucky! They charged me another 65, maybe because I've lived in three different states in the past seven years. Anyways I was just told by financial aid that I can not get the GEM or WUE scholarship anymore since I'm now a nursing major. I have no clue how I can afford the outrageous out of state tuition without at least one of those scholarships! I'm seriously freaking out here. The out of state tuition is so high that even if I got loans it would not be enough to cover anything but tuition and I have two kids that I need to send to daycare, which is close to a grand a month. I'm going to financial aid tomorrow to plea for the GEM scholarship even though I'm in an impacted major. Ugh I'm so mad, I really don't want to wait until next fall to go to school here.
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    If you can swing a stethoscope, I'd just get one for the whole semester. Everyone will have their own. I have a Littman Classic II SE or something like that. It was $60 on amazon and works great.Books will be ~$700! It will go down dramatically after that. I don't see why you couldn't do e-books for pretty much all of them as long as you have a way to access them at school/class, such as a tablet or laptop. WIth the exception of your 226 books, you'll probably want to keep the rest.*You may not be able to register for your other classes if you are currently in patho. Contact the admin to get permission numbers. Patho holds up one class, which as a result, holds up all the other ones!My kids go to the BSU children's center to (I had three there this past semester, so I hear you on tuition!), and thankfully my husband was able to rework his schedule to do the drop off on those days of clinical. You'd be surprised who you could find to babysit that early and maybe take them to BSU. Lots of people in the program have kids, and many are single parents. The clinical times will vary a bit, some start at 5:45am, some start at 7. Depends on the instructor and you won't know that until a few weeks before they start.Dark Lotus, if you can somehow swing the first semester (with like maybe a Wells Fargo loan or something), do it. You are eligible for scholarships after that and if you have kids, and happen to be a single parent, they have lots of money for you. I'm married, but still played the "I've got three kids in daycare" card and got a good chunk of money to cover a few months of daycare. I still have to take out private loans (WF) on top of financial aid because my husband is employed, but we still couldn't afford my school tuition and the kids daycare on just his salary. You will fill out a budget increase request and have the childrens center sign it. It will usually make you eligible for more financial aid and eligible for a better rate on a private loan since it is necessary. Plus, it turns out after the first year, if you are moving here and move your life here, you are eventually eligible for in state tuition. I thought if you were a full time student that wasn't possible, but it is!Good luck!
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    Sorry my formatting is weird! My desktop won't let me post, so I copy & pasted with my phone and it won't do paragraph breaks.
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    Quote from IrishMama
    Sorry my formatting is weird! My desktop won't let me post, so I copy & pasted with my phone and it won't do paragraph breaks.
    No worries Irish Mama! Thank you for all the words of wisdom. I will ask about the budget increase form when I go to financial aid. Also I did not know there were additional scholarships to apply for after the first term. I thought the only scholarships were the ones I applied for when I applied to BSU. I really appreciate your optimism, it changed the zeitgeist of my evening
    Oh and I plan on living in ID for a long time. I've registered my car here, moved here in March even though I don't start school till August, have had two part time jobs and applied for state daycare assistance so hopefully that counts as being here for more than just school...
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    I took patho last summer so I'm not sure what the hold up is with me.
    DarkLotus, it seems like you were stressed so I'm glad IrishMama was able to give you some more info so you don't have to wait on nursing school.
    Irishmama, thanks for the stethoscope advice! I was looking at that same model the other day. Were you able to find better prices than the school book store? I have looked around a little bit but most seem to be close to the same price.
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    Quote from robyn_a
    I took patho last summer so I'm not sure what the hold up is with me.
    DarkLotus, it seems like you were stressed so I'm glad IrishMama was able to give you some more info so you don't have to wait on nursing school.
    Irishmama, thanks for the stethoscope advice! I was looking at that same model the other day. Were you able to find better prices than the school book store? I have looked around a little bit but most seem to be close to the same price.
    You took patho last summer, awesome! In the past week I've found the class to be so fast paced and way too much information. Any advice on it is appreciated!
    It seems like there is just enough time to watch the lectures and camtasias, copy the notes, do the sets and study guide then it is time for the test with no spare day to study or review!
    Also I emailed Denise even though she said not to till the 23rd because I'm pushy and annoying like that and she said that they are still processing the applications into broncoweb and to try again tomorrow. Basically they have to approve each of the seventy students for each course into the system, so it might take another day or two. I hope you get the sections you want!
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    Yes, summer patho is definitely fast paced. I would usually print out the powerpoint slides/notes and add my own info as I watched the camtasias. We just had to watch camtasias; there weren't lectures to watch as well though. Do you work in groups to complete the study guides? Our instructor broke us into groups of 3-5 to complete them; each member would only have 15-20 questions to complete. It was nice to not have as many questions so I could make the deadlines, but I found myself up late nights completing all of the questions so the info would 'stick' in my mind. It was nice, however, to have a few people to ask for clarification on anything so I would highly recommend seeking out some classmates if you haven't already. I really did not have much review time---maybe a day at most. I feel like I learned a lot but not sure if I will be able to remember everything since I basically had to cram all the info so fast.
    I really want to do clinicals on Mondays, so hopefully I am able to.
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    I remember during our first semester our lab instructor told us that if we don't want to use the school supplied stethoscopes we should just get ourselves good ones since this will last for years until we get our first job as an RN. Pick the most comfortable shoes since we'll be on our feet for 12 hrs. I had my Nike shox for 5 yrs. now and i currently work as a CNA (8 hrs on my feet) and i just love my shoes' performance. Eventually i'll have to replace them but i'm still gonna get a nike shox.


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