The ONE thing you simply couldn't do w/o - page 2

I just got accepted into the RN program starting Aug. 09 and I started wondering... What is the ONE thing you current students couldn't do without? Try to think of your day and what item makes... Read More

  1. by   crazyNursingStudent1
    My Coffee!!!!!!!!! Couldn't make it through nursing school without it
  2. by   RNDreamer
    My planner (keeps me organized) and my determination
  3. by   canoehead
    Cheap calculator that is pocket sized, with all my work related phone numbers on the back.
  4. by   Mommycakers
    I was going to say my Blackberry because it has my Google calender and all of my families schedules in it. It also allowed me to keep in touch with my husband and everywhere he was with the kids while I was studying or at school thru text messages. But I think I have to put Diet Coke even before my Blackberry. I don't drink coffee so I would not of survived without my Diet Coke.
  5. by   shann106
    NCLEX review books, Saunders is the best.

    StudyStack.com- you enter notes etc and it makes them into flashcards, study charts, crossword puzzles, hangmen, you can look at and print other peoples notes, and best of all it is FREE

    Review and Rationales books, they have one for every nursing subject, helps you understand the rationale which really helps with tests. I used the Maternity one a lot last semester

    Giant 3 month dry erase wall calender. It is on my dining room wall, and I put all assignments, tests etc on it. Also I print off a calendar that has the entire semester on one sheet (our school has it on the mainpage of their website) and put everything on it and put a copy in the front of each binder.
  6. by   GoldenFire5
    We had so many papers given to us in nursing school. The one thing I wish I had purchased was a portable 3 ring punch to carry in my bag. Get a paper, punch it right away, into the binder it goes. Keep it all organized. Without it, I ended up having loose papers all over the place.
  7. by   notthereyet0
    Dark Chocolate when the load gets too much!!!
  8. by   NeoNurseTX
    A quiet/cozy place to study!
  9. by   Dianacabana
    ONE thing? Sorry, I need several.

    1. Blank notecard for taking tests. I use it to slow down (I'm a very fast reader/scanner) and underline the key words.
    2. Lippincott's Q&A review for NCLEX-RN. Hard questions but super rationales.
    3. Book stand! Its a folding metal stand so you don't kill your neck reading. $6, Barnes and Noble.
    4. #2 pencils.
    5. Black pens only!
    6. Small notepads for your pocket at clinical.
    7. Tylenol.
    8. Family and friends.
  10. by   Dianacabana
    Quote from NeoNurseTX
    A quiet/cozy place to study!
    YES! Preferably where there are no other students from your class to distract you.
  11. by   pedsnursetlc
    I wouldn't make it through a work or clinical day without my dansko shoes and my ipod touch (with drug guide, lab book, nursing diagnosis handbook, etc on it).
  12. by   anoon
    My laptop. I take notes on it, synch the information with my smartphone (ohhh maybe that too....), look at my power points, listen to lectures, look up information, practice for NCLEX, study for classes, write papers, EVERYTHING!

    Amber N. - Elsevier Student Ambassador
  13. by   Chelley076
    Quote from yesdog
    Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination by Linda Anne Silverstri

    I studied from it when I didn't possibly have the time to read the million pages assigned in the course textbook by the instructor. It saved my life many many times. I graduated with a 3.9 gpa. It really helped!
    I absolutely agree! I love this NCLEX review book and the companion CD that comes with it! I use it to study for all of my nursing exams and I have found it to be an invaluable tool!

    Well, and caffeine too! Gotta have that!

    I also absolutely could not have done this without the support of my family and friends. :redpinkhe Between killer exams, long clinical days, good and bad instructors, and all your patients, it is nice to have someone to vent to, cry to, and rejoice with! There are many ups and downs in nursing school and adequate emotional support is critical!

    Michelle Willerford
    Elselvier Student Ambassador

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