Question for people who have gone through clinicals...

  1. Hello everyone, this is my first time posting here. I start a LPN program August 26th. I have kind of a weird question, but has anyone who has gone through clinicals had to use their books while at clinicals? I'm just asking, because I have to order books today, but my book credit only covers the bundle that is ebooks only and the regular text books will require me to pay almost $400 out of pocket, which I cannot afford at this moment.The only problem I see with using the ebooks is if I will need to use my books for looking something up at clinicals and can't use my phone at clinicals. So, that's where my question comes in.... I'm really excited and a little nervous about starting the program. Nursing is something I have wanted to do for a long time, but I don't have any prior experience in the health field, so other than the research I've done about nursing, I know nothing, lol. Anyways, thanks in advance for the help!
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  3. by   nursingismycalling25
    I'm starting August 26 too. LVN -RN & I have no prior experience either. I'm in south texas tho.
  4. by   Chelly1430
    That's cool, so you're already a LVN? I'm in north florida. The program I'm in will be 11 months. It seems really fast pace. We will be starting clinicals by mid Sept. Very exciting. It's been my dream for a long time to be a nurse. I want to continue my education and get a bachelors in nursing, but I figured LPN would be a great place to start.
  5. by   Philly_LPN_Girl
    I used my PDQ pocket clinical book a few times my first semester of clinicals but only for vital sign ranges other than that no I did not have to use any of my books on clinicals. Talk to your clinical instructor just in case theres a possibility that you may have to use your ebooks
  6. by   Chelly1430
    Ok, thanks. That helps a lot!
  7. by   HoneyLPNurse
    I never went to clinicals without my book. You never know what you may need to know. Even though you may see licensed nurses with their phone reseaching information, a student may appear to be unprofessional. Nurses on the floor that you will be working with are not able to know what you are looking at on your cell phone. You don't want to give the wrong impression. Plus you may have time to get some studying in.
  8. by   kaydensmom01
    I always used my books at clinicals: my drug guide, my IV drug guide, my med-surg book.
  9. by   Chelly1430
    That's what I was afraid of. I figured I would have to use my books, but wasn't sure.
  10. by   LeeLeeTheGPN
    I used my drug guide and my clinical skills booklet just to brush up on some clinical skill I might have to perform like starting an IVPB medication drip on an infusion pump, etc.
  11. by   Mewsin
    We are required to have Nursing Central on our phones for our program, then our instructors got permission from our facilities so we could use our phones at clinicals. Nursing Central contains the drug guide and taber's dictionary, medical journals, its pretty cool. We actually worked together more so some of our class brought med-surg and some brought fundamentals, cut down on the amount of weight we each had to carry up too many flights of stairs. At our next facility, I'm not taking any books because they are all at the nursing station.
  12. by   EaglesWings21
    I always used my books. I would contact your program or clinical instructor and make them aware of the situation bc my clinical instructor did not allow us to use phones or tablets.
  13. by   pookyp
    I use my drug guide, med surge book, and tabers medical dictionary to clinicals.
  14. by   Georgia peach RN
    During my LPN clinicals 13 yrs ago we were required to bring our text books. Today with education system moving to e-books, I would ask these questions of my nursing advisor or wait til the first day of class and ask my instructor before purchasing my books