WANTED: Nursing student tidbits of advice - page 20

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   Lifedream
    Thanks so much for starting this thread!! Up until now, I have been 100% scared to death. After reading 22 pages of the tidbits ... I am getting excited and can't wait to start August 17. Of course, now I want a Blackberry, and everything else I see everyone talking about. Probably not in my budget right now because I will only be working parttime starting the first day of school. Thanks to every single person that has contributed to us the new students. We are scared and need all the help we can possibly get !!!!
  2. by   beth66335
    Quote from msdeannah
    I just called my local kinkos, they said no problem. They said 1.00 to debind the book and 4.00 for each bound section. mentioned coil binding??? Not sure what that means.
    I heard they did that from another poster too, but when I took the book in they said they don't do hardbound books only paperbacks. Is your book hardbound?
  3. by   beth66335
    Just a thought on the rolling backpacks...you won't need all your books all the time, and they are a pain to roll in between rows of seats. You can sit up front, but then your bag is in peoples way...just my speaking from experience. I now carry a regular backpack and I'm going to try to get my one heavy book debound and put it in a large notebook. Then I will use a smaller one to take just the chapters I need to class. I just use a 1in 3 ring with some sleeve pages for handouts like the syllabus and calendar. I have dividers with loose leaf paper for notes, a pencil bag and three hole punch that fits in the notebook for the power point notes my teacher provides. Mechanical pencils are great too, to avoid multiple trips to the sharpener in class, there is a lot of writing and my teachers talk fast to get it all in a 3 hr lecture! A highlighter is good to have to mark important sections of your text the teacher points out,too. Good Luck everyone.
  4. by   msdeannah
    Quote from beth66335
    I heard they did that from another poster too, but when I took the book in they said they don't do hardbound books only paperbacks. Is your book hardbound?
    OH yeah!!! Its hard cover. 1700 pages of hard cover

    I also sir speedy and they told me they could do also for about the same price. I'm just trying to decide if I wanna have them bind or hole punch and I'll put them into binders. I'm not sure which way would be cheaper yet. Those binders are almost as expensive as the binding.
  5. by   Serlait
    If you want to get the most bang for your bucks invest in the really important stuff...comfortable shoes, best stethoscope you can afford...and I mean put your money into these things....That stethoscope is a tool of your trade, an investment. And shoes...you've got one set of feet to carry you through...it's totally worth the investment. It may mean trying different kinds, but it's sooo worth it. I purchased a pair of New Balance that cost over $100. KILLED my feet on long clinical days. Invested in a pair of Danskos...now can go like the energizer bunny even 12+ hours. Find what works for you. Can't understand why anyone would invest in debinding books,though. Gosh, I just want to tell you all to put the brakes on on that one. Might want to wait to see if you need to haul those textbooks to every class. That would be the last thing I would invest in...some of my books are gems and I'll keep til I pass boards....But I want them intact. I was given a textbook that had been debound and it drove me bonkers. Other books not so much help, they'll be sold...so not worth the $$ to debind. Plus might have impact on resale value. Understandably, though, everyone has their own way of doing things, so do what works for you. Also, I invested in the Saunders Student Nurse Planner....never used it....If you have a type planner that you use now...keep using it. Do what is simple and familiar and comfortable. You won't have time to spend getting comfy and adapting yourself to someone else's system. Also buy TONS of highlighters, ball point pens...NOT gel (they smear), and I'm gonna say it again, consider the smartpen from Livescribe. That pen has saved me multiple times. Expensive...yes...but sooo worth it. I bought it last year after a recommendation on Allnurses and man was that good advice. Target was carrying them. And no, I don't work for livescribe. Good Luck to you all. It's a great journey. You'll learn so much about yourself. Oh and one last bit of advice. Prior to our first clinical, our instructor told us she knew we were nervous, but to try to think that our work in the hospital wasn't really about us. It was about caring for someone who was sick, hurting, possibly grieving. That helped me get it into perspective. When I shifted my attention to the patient and away from myself, nerves got MUCH better. Just keep telling yourself..."This isn't about me, it's about my patient." Take care everyone. Now back to studying for my assessment finals...ACK!
  6. by   beth66335
    I just called another Kinko's in my town and asked if they debound hardcover books of almost 2,000 pages and they said, "Sure we do"...apparently I was speaking to twit at the other store! I hate it when people pretend like they know the answer to my question...do they really think that's helpful? Anyway...vent over...I am taking my book to the other Kinko's Monday, yay!
  7. by   vickyp
    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

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    GET THE 3 HOLE PUNCH!! I had a single hole punch and with all the handouts and the powerpoints we get my hand got sore so I got a 3 hole punch and I don't regret it I only paid $6.00 for it at Wal-mart but I think I would have paid $20.00!!! And if you do need that protractor in NS please let me know!!
  8. by   vickyp
    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

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    GET THE 3 HOLE PUNCH!! I had a single hole punch and with all the handouts and the powerpoints we get my hand got sore so I got a 3 hole punch and I don't regret it I only paid $6.00 for it at Wal-mart but I think I would have paid $20.00!!! And if you do need that protractor in NS please let me know!![/quote]
  9. by   Ocelot
    this is just my but i would go to a place like office depot to buy a 3 ring binder. i purchased a "good one" at wal-mart and it only lasted a month. the binders at the office supply stores are very sturdy and worth a little extra cash. you will save in the long run!!


    .....and of course....have fun!!!


  10. by   Agrippa
    The reason I'm apprehensive about rolling backpacks is that in my area we can get snow and also we're in the city. Thus, being kind of a germaphob, I dont like my backpack touching all of the krud on the street.

    I also don't wear shoes inside the house.
  11. by   KellRrn2b
    I just ordered my backpack off of www.ebags.com (thanks runtangua for the coupon!!!) I got a regular one only because I realized i only have 1 or 2 classes a day! And we get a lot of snow during most of the school yr where I livev and i wont want to carry a rollerbag when/if i cannot pull it...

    And since I purchased it so early if i dont like it I still have time to return it and try something else

    4 weeks until school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. by   runtagua
    Yay!

    I'm so totally excited for school to start... now, I just need to get the fire under my butt and complete the reading assignments for the first day they gave us at orientation.
  13. by   Zoe*aka*studentnurse
    Quote from mrskellrd
    I just ordered my backpack off of www.ebags.com (thanks runtangua for the coupon!!!) I got a regular one only because I realized i only have 1 or 2 classes a day! And we get a lot of snow during most of the school yr where I livev and i wont want to carry a rollerbag when/if i cannot pull it...

    And since I purchased it so early if i dont like it I still have time to return it and try something else

    4 weeks until school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you so much for the bag link!!! I'm loving the really cute laptop bags......hmm where is that credit card :-)

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