Any Student "must have" item advice? - page 2

Hello everyone-- Happy Easter btw, :hatparty: I'll start LPN school in august and was just wondering if anyone has any advice on "things I wish I had known about", or "can't live without" item I... Read More

  1. by   mitchsmom
    There used to be a big long thread of hints like this, I'm trying to find it. Anyone remember what it was titled?
  2. by   mitchsmom
    Here it is!

    I wish this one could be stickied at the top of the threads, what do yall think???
  3. by   studentnurse74
    Quote from mitchsmom
    Here it is!

    I wish this one could be stickied at the top of the threads, what do yall think???

    YES, That's just what I'm looking for.
  4. by   RedSox33RN
    We got a list of what we'd need for uniform and clinicals, but not books. I didn't need to get a BP cuff, but a I found a really nice on eBay - brand new - for very little $, and came with a pouch and another stethoscope, so I bought it.

    I do want to get my Littman engraved. I spent a lot of $ on it, and don't want it walking off, as I've heard they do too frequently.

    I got a nice pair of Allheart nursing sneakers, and got them in wide width. I know by the end of the day that extra 1/2" will be like heaven!

    Just wondering though, with the white shoes, do I need to get some white shoe polish?
  5. by   CIRQL8
    A very good sense of humor and a positive outlook.

    When you cannot control what happens, you can still control how you handle it.

    Oh yea, and that drug book and medical dictionary.

  6. by   CindyJRN
    We used Taber's Dictionary way back when! My copy is 17 years old and dog eared, but still on my desk at home. I used an inexpensive dual head stethoscope all through school, but invested in a Littmann for work. If you do purchase an expensive scope, just remember a good name tag or engraving for it, too. The easiest drug books to reference for your Pharmacology class and clinicals are SpringHouse's Nursing Drug books put out yearly. The Lipincott nurses rug book is easy to use because it is in alphabetical order by generic names. You will still have to have access to a PDR for your Pharmacology class because of some of the info your instructor will require. Just remember to take care of yourself, eat well get plenty of sleep!!
  7. by   kahumai
    A 3-hole punch....invaluable because I put everything in my binder.
  8. by   wonderbee
    A strong stomach;
    A caring heart;
    Detached professionalism;
    A personality disorder because achieving a caring heart with detached professionalism is a bit of a trick bordering on a pathological state;
    Ability to navigate in small spaces;
    friends... good ones that you can trust.
  9. by   Gompers
    Reserve one whole day per week to relax with your family and friends. NO STUDYING at all!!! Seriously, I know you need to study, but if you don't spend at least one day being NORMAL and HAPPY, you're going to go crazy.
  10. by   LauraLou
    1) Great shoes
    I spent $90 on Dansko shoes and everyone thought I was nuts, but I am the only one without aching feet and legs.

    2) Good stethoscope
    You don't need the $200 cardiology version, but the really cheap ones are hard to hear with.

    3) Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice
    It wasn't on our required textbook list but it has been invaluable. I use it for careplans as it gives pathophysiology, nursing diagnoses, outcomes, etc. I also often use it in place of my med-surg book, which I hate. It also has illustrated directions for nursing procedures such as ostomy care and inserting Ng tubes.

    Good luck!
  11. by   sabine_rn
    :kiss Thank you all for your replies! <huggs>
    I'm getting very excited and scared the closer I get to start school.
    I know it will be/ is a lot of stress we have to go through as a student/ nurse, but at the end of the day its all such a blessing to be able to really make a difference on this planet, don't you agree?
  12. by   perksrn
    Everyone's paperwork is a little different, but I have found that typing forms on your computer in the same format as your program (clinical prep sheets, care plan forms, etc) is a huge help for many reasons. Example, I have a lab sheet with the hospital norms in one column and a place to put my patient's values. This way, I only have to fill in the blanks instead of rewriting every week. I have care plans this way and can cut and paste on my computer if a plan is similar to another. We always have to include Erickson's stages, so I have that set in my computer to cut and paste (or auto text with the typing of the first few letters) in pertinent documents. I wish I would have done this to begin with.

    If anyone knows of a good organization form for clinicals (i.e organizing daily care), let me know