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How much do you print?!

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Random question I know, but I am figuring out some stuff before I start school next month, and I wanted everyone's best guess on how many pages they print a week in notes, study guides, care plans, etc etc.

I know every program is different, but thank you ahead of time for your responses :)

When I'm in lecture I probably print 90-125 pages per week (assuming there are 2 ppts which are 50ish slides each & I print 4 slides per page). During clinical with care plans and other paperwork its a lot less. Maybe 5-15 pages per week. Hope that helps a bit!

I would have to say anywhere from 20-75 pages per week.

vintagemother, ADN, CNA, LVN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC, Tele.

I printed a ton of stuff my first semester of RN school. (Bridge program so we started at the halfway point)

The instructors used power points and I found that studying these was more focused than reading the text books word for word.

I went through 1 ream for 5 credit hours. Thankfully I have a laser jet/ commercial printer, so the ink cartridges are long lasting.

I typically printed 2-6 slides per page depending on the font size of the power points.

applesxoranges, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER.

I guess technically I steal from work. I print as much at work if I need to print. However, I convinced my teachers to not print notes out and to post them online for me so I could take notes using a laptop.

I guess technically I steal from work. I print as much at work if I need to print. However, I convinced my teachers to not print notes out and to post them online for me so I could take notes using a laptop.

Haha how much do you think you steal from work ? I'm trying to see if it's worth me buying a laser printer :)

akulahawkRN, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 6 years experience.

When I was in school, I usually printed something like 125 pages per week at first and as time went on, that backed off a bit. Most of the time, I would take my notes on the laptop so as my typing ability increased, the number of pages I had to print decreased. Toward the end, most of what I needed to print were just those few pages the instructors require and my care plans, which usually were around 12 pages per plan, and I did typically 4-5 sets of care plans every week unless I was very lucky and actually had the same patients each day that week.

I barely printed anything.....I used my ipad to import all power points and then annotate directly on the ipad with a stylus during lecture. The annotated power points then synced to my iphone and mac so I can use any device to study.

I printed 60-100 page PowerPoints once per week (2 slides per page to allow for plenty of room to add my own notes), plus forms for clinical, assigned papers, and study material. I would say an average of 75-100 pages per week. I did get a laser printer and LOVE it. It prints huge amounts so quickly.

vintagemother, ADN, CNA, LVN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC, Tele.

I'm trying to see if it's worth me buying a laser printer :)

I'm not sure if i would have splurged on a laser just for school. Mine is a leftover from the days I owned a business pre-nursing school.

I think it boils down to convenience. Lasers are expensive. I have one that only prints b&w. The ink is also expensive. But the ink never runs out.

So, high initial investment. Then you have the convenience of not ever running out of ink.

Seriously, I've used my "starter cartridge" for the last 2 1/2 yrs. it went out recently. But I googled how to make the ink last longer by placing a piece of tape on the cartridge, while I waited for ink to arrive in the mail from Amazon. I haven't had to change out the ink yet!!

rob4546, ADN, BSN, MSN

Specializes in ICU/ Surgery/ Nursing Education. Has 7 years experience.

I printed out on average 60-100 pages per week for the first couple semesters and sometimes twice that much for my final 2 semesters. I figured out that it was cheaper to print at my school and purchased print money from the computer lab. Now this was compared to paper and ink for an inkjet. If you had to buy a printer and toner it would probably be more expensive as well. Don't know if your school allows printing.

Not only that but the printers at school do front and back as well as collating on big projects. It was a no brainer for 20-40 dollars a semester.