Must haves include: 4 inch binders, tons of index cards 3 1/2 by 5 and the really big ones too, yellow highlighters, calculator, black pens, stapler, hole punch, medical dictionary, drug guide, watch with a second hand, at least two clinical uniforms, comfortable shoes for clinical, and a nursing process book.
Nice to have include: tape recorder & tapes, rolling back pack, white out, xtra printer cartridges, computer, plenty of computer paper, bookshelf just for nursing stuff, stethoscope, penlight, RNotes notebook, and extra set of clinical scrubs
to keep in the car for when pt pukes on you.
My personal favorites: huge bottle of Tylenol, even bigger bottle of Tums, extra copies of blank care plans
, plenty of cooked ahead meals in the freezer, backup babysitter, gas cards (the distance to your clinical site is in direct proportion to the amt of miles per gallon your car gets. The less miles per gallon your car gets, the further away your clinical site will be.
) roll of quarters for pay phone, lunch bag to bring food from home, colored pens and markers for making notes, and a special spot to study away from school and family.
Good luck, Berta