school suplies for first year nursing students

  1. As a first year nursing student what supplies shuold I be exspected to buy?
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  3. by   bigwavedave
    as a second (and final) year nursing student, i will see if i can help you. are you meaning just like pens, notebooks etc? or do you mean supplies for clinicals and everything? as far as juts for class, what i did was purchase a three ring binder for every class that way i made sure i had plenty of room to add my weekly addition of powerpoint printouts. really, other than that, my favorite style of pens and pencils was about the only school supplies i purchased. one other thing you might want to look for and consider, my wife gave me a clipboard that has a whole slew of medical junk i.e. normal levels for pH, Na, etc, medical abbreviations, vital sign normal ranges, glasgow coma scale, just a bunch of stuff that when you get into clinicals is nice to have for those "duh- i knew that moments".
  4. by   bedpan
    TONS of highlite pens (I don't have time to take many notes in class if I expect to try and keep up!) and TONS of Index cards (to make flash cards)

    If you are asking for advice on clinical supplies - ask your school before you purchase anything! Everything we needed for clinicals - including stethoscope, blood pressure cuff and all supplies were included in our course fee - Our uniforms had to be purchased thru the school so as to gaurantee it was identical to the rest - the only thing we bought ourselves where we wanted was our shoes and they had to meet specs -

    The only things I can really think of you might want to buy as far as supplies for for clinicals would be a small tube of hand cream and a small tube of alcohol gel hand wash (and refill it at the facility you are doing clinicals at!) - There will probably be other small items I can't think of which the scool will inform you of as far as needs for clinicals
  5. by   dreamon
    I read about this product- it looks very interesting:

    All in one clipboard/calculator, it is two-sided, and it has:

    ABG Norms

    Acid Base balance formulas

    Adult Electrolytes

    Centegrade/ Fahrenheit thermometer

    Common Abbreviations

    Cranial Nerves


    Hemodynamic Values

    Level of Consciousness

    Measurement Conversions

    Military Time clock

    Pupil Gauge



    Therapeutic Drug Guide

    Vital signs ranges

    and an optional calculator

    Now, I am not sure how much of this is needed or just overkill...but it was given numerous stars.

    Here is a link:
  6. by   GPatty
    I have that clipboard! I bought it at the bookstore while I was in nursing school, and I use it faithfully at work now. Lots of handy info for the "faint of memory"! LOL!
  7. by   NurseDixie
    I bought that same kind of clipboard. Very useful. I also bought lots of highlighter pens, pencils, inkpens, index cards, stethoscope, penlight, a nurse's clinical pocket guide called RNotes. It has a lot of valuable info and is small enough to carry in your pocket, you can even write in it with ink and wipe off w/alcohol pad (it was worth every cent that I paid for it), I think it was around $20. I also bought a comfy pair of white shoes for clinicals, some support hose/socks, that's all I can think of right now. Good luck!
  8. by   Monica RN,BSN
    Ahhh Yes... you all bring back the fond memories of the ol' school shopping days... I think I was the school stores best customer, always was there checkin it out, not tomention Walmart.. Where I still live half the time even after all those years.
  9. by   NurseStacey143
    I recommend one large binder with dividers..instead of several small ones. I have found that to be easier. Also at the end of the semester I "Retire" that binder...and save ALL my notes to look back at later when i need them and just mark the semester and the year on the side.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I also bought a student planner for my homework assignments and also to keep track of where i was going and when
  11. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by dreamon
    I read about this product- it looks very interesting:

    All in one clipboard/calculator, it is two-sided
    Thanks for the link! I was thinking about getting a clipboard like that. That one looks really nice.
    Thanks again!
  12. by   Mariannsi
    I like that clipboard -- I think that I'll be making a trip to the store soon.

    I love this site!!!
  13. by   Nightcrawler
    I agree with NurseStacy above. I too save all of my class notes. I still have all of my notes for my prereqs. I find that many of the materials that come in handouts come in handy later on. The only difference is that I have a separate binder for every class. We have to buy our syllabi and they are often long and include powerpoint handouts. I just 3-hole punch those suckers, slap them in a binder, and they stay intact for the whole semester. If I don't do this, the paper cover of the booklet is in tatters after 2 weeks.
  14. by   maire
    If your instructor is anything like mine, and you have to copy the notes for the entire semester out of the library, start stockpiling dimes for the copy machine.