Thanks for your replies, everyone.
Geri7404, I agree- the school should have a list of what their kit includes. The kit I saw online even had BF cuffs. I bought my own for my CNA program but it's so old now that the bulb has cracked lol. Time for a new one. I'm going to email the school for more info on the stuff we need. And yes, I read that about the Cardio IV- after I bought it of course! I wanted one so badly since they looked so nice online with all the great features. I hope I do well with it- I'm going to bring it to work and practice listening on my residents, who have a vast array of problems. And if I buy a kit online, I'll have a basic stethoscope to use.
Rionoir, I think I might prefer to pick out my own things too. It could be less expensive to get a kit, but how do I know what the quality is like? Cheap nursing equipment just doesn't sound like a great idea. The only problem with me is that I really don't know anything about what I'm buying, so I'm not sure my choices would be the best.
Jenn98, as I understood it, the school kit was optional, but I need to make sure. I'm sure we won't be in lab for at least a few days, but I want to be prepared. I'm going to contact them and ask for specifics- is it optional and what's included.