School supplies other than books? - page 2

Hi everyone! I Offically start school August 30th for the BN program here in Canada. My college just eliminated the RN and LPN program, and they have made many changes to this year's new BN... Read More

  1. by   ImThatGuy
    I figure a Bic pen and a Mead notebook will be good.
  2. by   turnforthenurse
    * highlighters! I am a highlighting fiend - I highlight information when I read and I tend to color-code my notes using highlighters.
    * notecards - if you study with these, then these are a great idea. Buy them in bulk if you can.
    * black clicky pens - don't have to worry about the caps.
    * sticky notes/post-it sticky flags
    * lots of binders - if your school is like mine, they will either make you print notes online or make you buy a notes packet that will fit in a 3-ring binder.
    * recorder - just make sure your instructor allows it.
    * planner of some sort - you must be organized in nursing school!

    supplies for clinical:
    * storage clipboard - I bought this at Walmart (I don't know if they those in Canada but any Walmart-equivalent would probably have the same thing) for about $10. It opens up so you can store things inside and on the front it has a little calculator that comes in handy for dosage calculations.
    * once again, pens! you can only chart in black ink pen, but I like to bring other colors (one of those pens that has the built-in 3 or 4 colors-in-one are nice to have!) because I like to write critical values/other critical things that need to be done in red, etc...
    * penlight
    * bandage scissors
    * stethoscope!
    * books - I recommend a drug guide, an IV drug guide (if you have one) and another pocket guide such as RNotes.
    * extra blank sheets of paper - just in case.
    * measuring tape
    * lunchbox - get in the habit of packing a lunch. It's a lot healthier and you'll save money, too! Also invest in a reusable water bottle.
    * travel size ibuprofen, acetaminophen or something. I also take some travel-sized Zyrtec with me during this time because I stuffer from a lot of allergies!
    * watch with a sweeping second hand OR a digital watch that is counting the seconds somewhere
  3. by   That Guy
    DO NOT use a digital watch or all your pulses will end up at 60.

    Everyone pretty much has it covered, but what it comes down to is what works best for you. I started by taking everything to class and clinicals and it has slowly dwindled to what I need now.
    I come to clinicals with stuff that only fits in my pockets comfortably. Lecture I bring my printed out notes for the day and maybe the textbook with lots of pencils and highlighters.