Congrats on getting accepted! All you need for nursing school is a stethoscope. a pen, and your uniform
. Nothing else is really needed. Maybe a clipboard. I remember students who bought kits, B/p cuffs, pen lights and never used it. One of them even bought a finger oxygen saturation monitor. Pens lights, alcohol pads, and b/p cuffs are all at the hospital. Anything you need for lab... will be in the lab (unless they specifically tell you that you need to need to buy it, but that is close to none). If they "recommend" something, don't buy it b/c the hospital will have it and you can practice to your heard content, all day long on real patients. Why spend money on a b/p cuff to use at home when you can use one on site. I would even recommend that you don't spend a lot of money on a stethoscope. The first one is either lost or borrowed and never returned. Get your good stethoscope when you become an RN as a graduation gift. Scopes aren't really effective until you have a well trained ear. And definitely don't buy a pediatric scope during your peds rotation. The one you will have will work just fine with the bell. The only thing you should really spend money on is what you need for lecture. Go nuts on pens, highlighters, colored paperclips, flash cards, paper, etc. Your studying will be the deciding factor in school...not gadgets.
It's great that you are eager to further your career after graduation. As a nurse, you will be able to see the differences between the two professions. As said before, NP's are taught with the nursing model in school, but there is no difference when a NP or a PA treats a diagnosis. It's kind of like arguing the difference between MDs and DOs. They are two different schools of thought, but they aren't really that different. They are both doctors. NPs and PA are both practitioners. There's just difference in fine print. You will have plenty of time to witness the two during your career.. One day, you will be able to make a decision. Nursing school will be good step into the medical world.