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hey guys, I start this fall in my nursing program and Im extremely anxious!!! Im looking for any advice that will help me in school. Whats the thing you can NOT live w/o during nursing school? What... Read More

  1. by   KellRrn2b
    congrats to u as well raidays and mizzquinn and determined!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. by   motivated2nurse
    I found a very small digital recorder for lectures was really helpful. I needed my a laptop with at least 2 4g flashdrives and a good writitng pen. Good luck to you and if you are not organized, you will have a problem.
  3. by   Grabanurse
    Well the date is getting closer and I am so excited, but nervous because this is a total change for me. I am a customer service representative at Delta Airlines. I have gotten my titers, tb test, tetanus, and I have to go get a drug test. I have not purchased anything yet but I am very excited. Class starts Aug. 27, I will have class Tuesday and Wednesday Nsg120 and Nsg126. My clinicals wil be Thursday & Friday, hopefully am. I hope everyone starting in the fall will post their 1rst week experiences. Good luck to all and keep us posted. BUMP, keep this thread going!
  4. by   xochristie07xo
    I must say, I have also been stalking around this site looking for every tiny bit of information I can get for nursing school. I start this September!!! I have to thank everyone on here that took the time out to help all of us newbies, I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say how excited and nervous we are.
    I do have to admit that I am feeling mildy nerdy when I walk into a Walmart now because I feel the need to look at all the new school supplies that I might need for NS!! lol But of course its all in good fun and it can only help me in the long run.
    KEEP THIS THREAD GOING!!!
  5. by   ranidays
    HAHAHAHAHA, Christie, I TOTALLY did that at Walmart a few days ago... I wandered around the sections, telling my boyfriend about how I'm going to need highlighters, Sharpies, etc, etc, etc. Needless to say, he rolled his eyes and walked away, muttering about how school doesn't even start for another month. They just don't get it!
  6. by   Nepenthe Sea
    Quote from ranidays
    HAHAHAHAHA, Christie, I TOTALLY did that at Walmart a few days ago... I wandered around the sections, telling my boyfriend about how I'm going to need highlighters, Sharpies, etc, etc, etc. Needless to say, he rolled his eyes and walked away, muttering about how school doesn't even start for another month. They just don't get it!
    I love going to the big office supply stores and looking around before school starts every semester! And no, they DON'T get it .
  7. by   KellRrn2b
    lol u guys, we are all in the same boat!!! I felt like a nerd too as I wrestled with rather or not to buy a fancy 3 hole puncher and other random office supplies. I picked up a protracter and worried if I would need it. My husband acted that same way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol.....he said i would never use a protracter in nursing school...which i probbaly wont. But it was only like 50 cent and it matched my pencil bag..lol
  8. by   craziechiq
    lol i did all my back to school shopping too while i hear other shoppers complaining about the stuff being out to early. i wanted to explain to them that people do start as early as aug. 10, but kept my mouth shut. my boyfriend acts the same way. luckily, he got out of going back to school shopping. i decided i just had to buy the 27 cent glue sticks because i know i'll be making a poster or something sometime and just couldn't pass up 27 cents.
  9. by   ShantheRN
    Quote from Grabanurse
    Well the date is getting closer and I am so excited, but nervous because this is a total change for me. I am a customer service representative at Delta Airlines. I have gotten my titers, tb test, tetanus, and I have to go get a drug test. I have not purchased anything yet but I am very excited. Class starts Aug. 27, I will have class Tuesday and Wednesday Nsg120 and Nsg126. My clinicals wil be Thursday & Friday, hopefully am. I hope everyone starting in the fall will post their 1rst week experiences. Good luck to all and keep us posted. BUMP, keep this thread going!
    If everything works out *crosses fingers*, I'll be starting Sept 8th! I so hope everyone posts about their first weeks, too! I find out my schedule on July 29th. All I know is I'll be in class in the AM.

    I already bought a programmable coffee makerThe smell of coffee will drag me out of bed at 6am.
  10. by   curlylights06
    Quote from mrskellrd
    hahaha...i think im OBSESSED with starting NS. Even though all current NS keep telling me to enjoy this time b4 school starts I cant help but be anxious! Ive been searching to find the most comfy shoes. Ive also fine tuned my list of supplies that I will need for class and clinicals (thanks for all the tips guys). Ive got my bb curve, downloaded some apps, even already programmed my school schedule for the whole semester in it. Oh guys i meant to tell all u fellow bb users that google calendar allows u to sync your calendar with theirs. It is sooo cool because i also synced it with my husbands phone so he knows when im in class. Last thing is figuring out how to pay for the books....which are over 1000 (wth, lol)...thinkin ill ask family for some help ...besides my bday is aug 14th and xmass is dec 25 (lol)...ill just request large monetary gifts (or a check made out to the bookstore for 1000, ha).

    ok...enough of my ramblings
    Hi I was wondering what apps u downloaded to ur blackberry curve .. ??? Iam also starting in fall
  11. by   NurseKitten
    To the person who posted about a rolling crate: You go, girl! My classmates call it "my luggage", but I'm the one with all the reference texts and sheet protectors.

    Glue sticks are a good idea.

    In addition to your loose-leaf paper, get a ream of multi-colored paper. When you draw something out yourself - charts, graphics, etc - put it on there. Then you can find YOUR reference, done the way YOU understand it, at your fingertips. I did it just tonight for my "Heart-Man" - learning the leads for a 12-lead and how to read one. (Another story all together...may God have mercy on our souls tomorrow for the test!)

    Apps for the Blackberry Curve: Epocrates. It does math, calculations, gives diagnoses synopsis, differential possibilities for various symptoms and has drugs, to boot. You may want to find a nursing care plan one, as well...I know they make them, but I don't have to deal with them anymore (neener! ) so I don't know what the name of the program is. Look at the Merck Medicus website, too, and go to www.crackberry.com to browse what all is available.

    I have Epocrates and Merck on mine, and those two cover anything I've needed.

    Additionally, many of your textbooks will have a place you can register them online, and if you have internet capabilities (phone, netbook, etc) you can access the full-text of the book online as opposed to having to haul it around.

    To the person who has such expensive books - do NOT buy from the school's bookstore!!! Amazon.com, and buy used! You can often get BRAND NEW BOOKS for 1/4 of the cost. Many of mine were still in the shrink-wrap when I got them. Be careful to buy from people with a high feedback rating, and you should be fine. Don't spend more than you have to!

    According to the "Donut of Misery, I have 16.96 months to go, and am 39% done. Onward, Anesthesia Soldiers!
  12. by   xochristie07xo
    Ranidays,

    I dont think the boyfriends/ husbands will every understand this inner nerd in all of us, but nursing school is just in another playing field. All of us are extremely determined, so we have to find excitement in the little things such as shopping for school supplies lol. If not, places like walmart and staples would go out of business without our sales. Because of course, like you guys, I totally looked at glue sticks, paper clips, protracters and every planner out there just to possibly see if I might ever need it.
  13. by   SusanneCollins13
    I really like to come back to this thread and read all your posts. I remember how excited I was when I sat the first day in that chair and I had no idea what to expect. Nursing School will be very hard, but it will be so rewarding when you get to the finish line and then you look around and you realized that you possibly made at least one good friend ( who was your battle buddy) throughout nursing..who cried with you...laughed with you....feared with you....and then in the end passed with you. You guys will have a closer bond then most. In fact...I am in the Military and I had a close bond with my battlebuddies who went with me through thick and thin..Nursing school and the friend I found there...felt almost the same way. Good luck to all of you!

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