Hmmm, well the one thing that I am glad I spent good money on was my stethoscope. I realize it isn't really a "supply", but for the most part nursing school doesn't demand much more "supplies" than other college classes (i.e. binders, pens, notecards and notepads).
I went ahead and purchased a Littmann Cardiology III. I am a little hard of hearing so I was worried about hearing all of those breath sounds and heart sounds so I wanted to make sure I purchased a good stethoscope. I'm glad I did. Quite a few of my fellow students struggle to hear sounds that I can hear VERY clearly with my stethoscope.
The MDC uniform top is required, but your not required to buy the pants from the school. Go to allheart.com and pick out some comfy white pants. For semester one you really only need one uniform since your in clinical once a week. Semester two you'll want to ahve two sets for your biweekly clinical. Comfortable white shoes (all white sneakers work great) round out your uniform.
Other areas I spent money? Supplemental reading/study materials. You'll be reading from the text books quite a bit. Sometimes reading a simplified version of the material brings it all home. I have a copy of Nursing Pharmacology Made Incredibly Easy and Medical-Surgical Nursing Made Incredibly Easy. Both books look like they have been put through hell....cuz they have. In my opinion, they are worth their weight in gold.
I also love Mosby's Nursing Drug Cards. They are simple, straight to the point and contain all the info you need. I pull the relevant cards for my patients medications and carry them with me throughout the clinical day. Very Handy.
OHH Yeah...make sure you get a NCLEX review book very early in nursing school. I really like Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination. It comes with a CD that has lots of practice questions on it...as well as a good review guide for pretty much every section of nursing school.
Thats about it..lol. I also have a PDA with Taber's Cyclobedic Medical Dictionary, Thompson Clinical Xpert, and Epocrates loaded on it. Very handy, but not a necessity. A recorder for lectures is definitely handy. Heck, you might as well get a rolling bag to pack all your stuff in..unless you have a strong back.
Hmmm...maybe I should hide this post from my wife. I don't think she has a clue as to how much "stuff" I have accumulated during nursing school....lol.