Make certain you have your own stethoscope, an appropriate-sized BP cuff might come in handy for the baseline BP or if the child has a cardiac condition and routine BPs are called for, a thermometer with covers, all handy so you can get your vitals. You can't count on all, or any of these to be in the home. Assuming you have obtained the 485 for the case, so you can look up anything you need info on or familiarize yourself with prior to the shift. Have you oriented? Are you relieving a nurse from PM shift? Go about an hour early to get an orientation from the offgoing nurse if you have not already oriented. Take your drug guide. Take a laptop computer or tablet or have a smartphone available for info purposes or to spend time. A book and snacks. Small flashlight comes in handy on nights for all kinds of things. A small pen knife. Personal protection items, such as pepper spray. Might consider theft protection for your car, such as The Club, a GPS feature for your car or have one on your smartphone. Take a charger for your cell phone
and your computer if you bring one. A pair of soft slippers in case you want to wear them in the room (and the floor is clean enough) instead of your nurses' shoes. Oh, did I say food? Lots of food, so you can start getting overweight! Ha, ha!