so many questions and its hard to know what ones i need to answer...
uniforms-- mine costed around 100 dollars, but i also go the warm up jacket.. i dont wanna go to lunch with gross stuff on my scrubs so i put the jacket on during lunch and take it back off when i come to the floor.
stethascope-- doesnt matter.. you can buy the really good lippemans or something like that, my teachers all said unless your going to go on into a specialty that the ones they sell at the bookstore will be fine for us now, those were around 30 dollars i believe
Books-- at the north campus this semester tayler lillis (the people all our books are from) had a package deal for us. It came with assessments made easy, the fundamentals of nursing book, the fundamentals of nursing dvds, the nanda book. and a med guide... i believe that costed around 250 dollars.. not really sure.. i forget.. but it was cheaper than all my books from my pre reqs (normal semesters i would end up paying around 400 dollars)..
Clinicals--oooo clinicals.. the first clinical rotation at a nursing home was scary but it was a good learning tool, for the simple fact is that you bathe the patient and you get over your fear of.. well you know.. being uncomfortable seeing their parts.. i was the only one in my clinical that got a male.. and he was younger.. around 30 there for spina bifida. I got over it fast though.. then for the rest of the 8 weeks you kinda sit there and twidle your thumbs bc theres not much to do... Im now at passavant ont he cancer floor.. yes the cancer floor... i was so scared. i mean theres patients are either A) just finding out they have cancer or B) knowing they are going to die. The first day, my instructor did seem to throw us to the wolves persay. But its my 4th week there and now im getting into the swing of things and i know what is expected of us by what time. It gets better. or at least im hoping. Clinical paperwork sucks! you dont really do it in the real world, or at least i heard.. its just a learning tool so you know whats going on.. like for careplans most or all hospitals have pre-made careplans.
I was scared about giving shots also, but somewhere around the 8th week when your about to switch clinical sites, they send you to the VA hospital for flu clinic and you get lots of expierence there. Im petrified of shots, i thought i was going to pass out when my lab instructor first pulled the needles out and started playing with them, until i got my hands on them. Who woulda thought taht i actually now LOVE giving them haha
OOoo and how to get through them.. i made a friend and we double up.. she comes with me and i go with her.. it helps get us past the anxiety and if i forget anything during the assessment she brings it up and vice versa
Stuff to get in-- you can have your doctor sign off for your immunizations, but for some of them i believe hep b you HAVE to have a titer. Also i would recommend the titer just because i found out i wasnt immune to one of my vaccinations taht i had int he past so i got a booster shot.. i dont wanna catch anything.. and i forgot to mention.. you can go to allegheny health department for your titers.. i was just waiting on my med records too long (long story of a freakin run around from my dr bc they were in "storage") the health department take 2 weeks to get them back.. concentra took 2 days.. so i had to pay the more money for that
I hope you guys have recieved your acceptance letters by now! today in lecture we actually got to fill out our forms for our classes next semester!