I have used my iphone the entire time I have been in school. You have the option of buying a set of books that includes the Davis Drug Guide and Tabers Dictionary and a couple of other things I think for $140 through the bookstore or you can buy the Nursing Central app for your phone. I would definitely recommend the app. I bought the books and returned them. The app is a little bit more, I think it is $160, but it is so worth it. For the first year, you can update it as often as you want. So you have access to all the new drugs and things. After a year you can't update unless you want to pay for another year which I think is around $100. If you don't update it though, you can still use it, just no more updates. I have not paid for another subscription and it is just fine. I use it all the time at clinicals and have never had an instructor say a word about it.
I too would wait on the books. Once you find out what they are, shop around. You can find a lot of them cheaper on Amazon
. I also will be selling my Lehne Pharmacology book if you are interested. You will use it pretty much the entire program.
I did buy two sets of scrubs
, but you really won't need them until you get into 210, when you have two clinical days back to back. When you are in 128/129, you won't wear scrubs for psych clinicals, just business casual. And I only had one lab coat and it has worked out just fine. Actually, I think you aren't technically supposed to be wearing your lab coat at clinicals. I usually only wore mine for lab. If it is cold out, I just wore a white long sleeve coat under my scrub top.
Enjoy your time off before school starts. Don't stress about anything. Enjoy your holidays and just relax. It will get all crazy and hectic once school starts. No need to start stressing out early!