Hi guys, and congrats!!! So exciting, it brings me right back to how I felt. Few things (for the standard program, I don't know about online), you'll get a letter and paperwork about orientation (which I believe I went to in late April), but the book list and list of things to buy will be given at orientation. A specific reading list of what chapters to read probably wont be sent out until late July/ August. They really want you to enjoy the summer lol. Make an effort to buy as many books as possible from a place like Amazon. If you don't know already, the bookstore is so overpriced. Even with buying on Amazon (or whatever) I would guess you'll be spending at least $500.00 (and that's being generous). I'll tell you what I can remember about the items to purchase. At orientation we had to make a deposit on uniforms (I think it was $40). We had to get at least two tops, two bottoms, a lab coat, name tag, and a optional warm up. IF you're able to I would recommend a third outfit and second name tag. the name tag in case the first gets lost, and the third outfit for your car in case a patient vomits on you, you spill coffee, etc. Don't go crazy buying a $100 Littman stethoscope, the store where you'll get your uniform sells MDF stethoscopes for about $25 and they work just as well. For shoes I recommend looking at these: Clothing, Toys, Electronics, Jewelry, Jaclyn Smith - Kmart.com
Half the price and more comfy than my first pair. you'll need a BP cuff (spend no more than 20), a gait belt (maybe 10), a watch with secondhand (15-20), a pair of protective glasses (5-10), while you're there I would pick up bandage scissors and a pen light. you'll get these in a nurse pack, but they suck. Our nurse pack cost $50 and was available in the bookstore around August. It's basically filled with practice stuff for the lab. Also expect to pay around $50 for a drug screen. check if your phone can record, if not a recorder is very useful. Also don't take CPR until at least the end of May and a little later if possible. They last for two years and need to be valid for the whole program. Some girls from my class were so excited to get started that they took CPR in Late March or April, and sure enough had to do it again before school started. Try and make friends at orientation and invite them here (or start a private facebook group) the more the better to get information. A few of us started here around Jan/Feb of last year and today we have almost the whole class on FB lol.
Whew...I think that's it for now. I'd love to answer any future questions you guys have, but if I don't get back right away it's because I'm busy. Also, I'm curious about how the online nursing works, one of you got accepted, keep us updated. Congrats again!!!