Now that I am in my last semester, , I want to update my list:
get the best shoes you can find
get a bag just for clinicals and put clinical stuff in it
clinical stuff like: stethescope, pens of many colors unless you are colorblind, tiny sized notebook or post-its, and make your own drug cards from a good drug book--I learned that from my first clinical instructor.
I finally broke down and got a palm that has internet capabilities and I love it. All those nursing books in your pocket! Way better than a backpack full of books. Best of all, you can note items you want to research later when you hook up to your desktop computer and the searches begin!
NEVER lose your sense of humor.
Always be kind, especially to other students.
Enjoy your role as a student--it will be over before you know it.
And remenber to buy the scrubs with all the pockets!
Take every day as it arrives and learn what you can that day. This is a journey that does not end, it just looks different all the time. I cannot wait for my first REAL job so that I can plant myself somewhere and to really get to know how to be a nurse someday.