Published May 4, 2004
I'm just wondering what you all can recommend to buy in advance of starting school? I've got scrubs on my list (school allows you to buy your own!), shoes, stethoscope, paper/pens etc...
Anything else I can buy up front?
Judging from what I've seen on other posts in this forum, I've bought lots of index cards, a hole punch, and an index card binder.. highlighters, and lots of binders! Oh yes.. an accordian file to stay organized.. uhmm.. it's around here somewhere!
scissors I have always favored the ones that can cut anything, but do not have a sharp tip. Love the ones that Key Surgical makes. Actually even keep two pairs in my kitchen for food. One for cutting meats, and one for other fruits and vegetables. Get a few pairs.................And they are actually quite cheap..........................
Yes, scissors were on our "to buy" list also. Also was a watch with a second hand, Kelly clamp, nursing shoes, etc.
For study supplies, I'm considering a laptop and PDA. I have to travel an hour each way, and if the weather gets bad (snow, etc.), I will stay with a friend of mine who lives near the school. With a laptop, I'll be able to complete homework and stuff.
I agree with above though - I LOVE my 3-hole punch!! LOL
A few suggestions:
Pen-on-a rope (wear it around your neck and you won't loose your pen at clinical)
Extra gloves (the ones they give you in school are usually too big)
manna, BSN, RN
I'm stocking up on everything - not just school supplies, but household stuff too (soap, paper plates, whatever! That way - when I'm broke and have left my job - maybe it won't be such a financial stretch! :)
All great suggestions so far.
xtra erasers (hate when taking exams and the eraser breaks off the pencil!)
lots of highlighters, pens
post-it notes for marking pages in your books
Some kind of tote for your books/notebooks
caffeine...of any type.
printer cartridge for computer
printer paper (I went through 4 reams since september)
staples & stapler
Qty of 4 binders at least 3 inches
cassette tapes & recorder
mini book light for reading in bed
huge bottle of tylenol
Bigger bottle of Tums
good pair of goggles
nursing care plan book (other than the one the school recommends)
made easy series books (I swear by them. I read them more than my textbooks)
Tabors medical dictionary
Davis drug guide
gas card (I spent a fortune in gas running to my clinical sites)
little bottle of Purrell to keep in pocket
Spoiled1, MSN, RN
extra uniformhighlightersindex cardsprinter cartridge for computer printer paper (I went through 4 reams since september)staples & staplerpaper clipsQty of 4 binders at least 3 inches cassette tapes & recordermini book light for reading in bed huge bottle of tylenolBigger bottle of Tumsgood pair of gogglesRnotesnursing care plan book (other than the one the school recommends)made easy series books (I swear by them. I read them more than my textbooks)Tabors medical dictionaryDavis drug guidestethoscope tagblack penstote baglunch bag phone card gas card (I spent a fortune in gas running to my clinical sites)little bottle of Purrell to keep in pocket :uhoh3: :uhoh3:
What are the made easy series books? Where can they be found??
Mints to have in your mouth when you are doing stinky things :chuckle
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