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What are you doing to prepare for school?

For those of us who are expecting to start school in the next little while, what do you expect to do to prepare? I'm starting my preparatory semester part time in September and the Nursing program full time in January. Here are a few things I've done or am thinking about:

Bought a cheap Sprague stethoscope, just to play around with...(:D my cat will not be afraid of the vet anymore!) I'll probably get a better quality one once school starts...

I'm starting the hunt for good shoes...going around to different shoe stores and seeing how they all feel...also keeping my eye out for sales.

Gonna check out Value Village for any cheap, second hand scrubs

Weed out my book library so I have a couple shelves for my nursing books.

Get rid of my "corporate office" clothes...(maybe have a bonfire)

Plan some nutrious, wholesome meals that I can make in batches...so I don't have to think about it in school...

Take a vacation!! (since I probably won't be able to for 3 years!)

Ok, that's me...what about you?

:yeah:

fuuchan

Specializes in Intensive medical care.

Wow, you're so good. I was planning on getting drunk and sleeping in/staying up late for fun as much as possible since it's probably not going to happen for a good long while. :smokin:

Other than my trip down debauchery road, I was contemplating buying my 1st year books to get a head start on my reading this summer and like you, getting a cheapo stethoscope to practice with (although I'll probably have to keep the cheapo one during school) :chuckle

missninaRN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Hospice.

I would suggest you not start reading textbooks until classes begin.

Enjoy your free time while you can. Clean your house. Spend time with your family. Go out with your friends. Take naps. Really, you'll miss those things soon enough and the textbooks will be your constant companions.

I want be starting this fall. I may start next year but I am trying to get moving so that I don't have to much to worry about.

Well, I got the cheap stethoscope

Still looking for a good pair of shoes

I have three sets of scrubs but I know I will buy more. I find that Wal-Mart has some good ones.

I am starting my A&P class this fall so I have been reading A&P for dummies. It is very clear and easy to follow. I love this book so much. I find myself reading it sometimes all through the night. *just can't put it down*

I will go out with friends maybe a week before school but then it will be all school :no:

I will keep some of my cloths just for fun :banghead:

I am looking forward to being a nurse and helping all those people with all that :typing ha ha ha

:yeah:

I was planning on getting drunk and sleeping in/staying up late for fun as much as possible :chuckle

Ooooo....that sounds like fun, it's been quite a long time since I've done anything like that...

Spend time with your family. Go out with your friends.

Great advice...I am going to miss my loved ones while I'm in school...I guess I'll add preparing everyone for my disappearance into the Nursing school black hole to my list.:wink2:

so I have been reading A&P for dummies. It is very clear and easy to follow. I love this book so much.

That's cool! I feel the same way...I love learning about the human body...:coollook:

FriendlyGhostRN

Specializes in Emergency.

You know, I was just asking myself this question today actually...because I realized I have about a month left before nursing school starts. I had to go get my urine drug test today, background check was yesterday...I haven't had any time to just "chill out" yet...I'm still full time at school and part time at a daycare....but I'm quitting my job by May 1st...so less than a month from now I'll be able to focus on more of the things I want to do before school starts! I think for me, I'm just going to get all my supplies and paperwork in order in this next month (because there's just so much of it!) And then for the week and a half of May before nursing school starts I think will be devoted to studying for my finals, taking two days off to do whatever I want to, and then jumping into nursing classes. I honestly don't have a break in between though....but that's okay! I guess that is what I signed up for with the accelerated bsn program. I'm super excited to go get all my nursing gear! I'm waiting on the supplies list to go out still.

coolpeach

Specializes in ER/Ortho.

I have thought about buying some stuff (stethoscope, scrubs, shoes )etc. Then I started thinking about it, and what if I need a certain brand or color for school. Someone was telling me that some programs require all the students to wear certain color scrubs. I did sign up for a bunch of catalogs for nursing stuff which I love looking though. I adore the new "Izzy" style scrubs. I am reviewing by reading the A&P for dummies also. I just didn't feel like going all the way through the text again, and just needed a review.

I just got my physical, TB test, and all the shots I need except the last two Hep B's which have to be spaced two months apart. I also have to take a one day medical provider CPR course which I am going to do over the summer.

Any ideas on what we can go ahead and buy for nursing school?

FriendlyGhostRN

Specializes in Emergency.

I have thought about buying some stuff (stethoscope, scrubs, shoes )etc. Then I started thinking about it, and what if I need a certain brand or color for school. Someone was telling me that some programs require all the students to wear certain color scrubs. I did sign up for a bunch of catalogs for nursing stuff which I love looking though. I adore the new "Izzy" style scrubs. I am reviewing by reading the A&P for dummies also. I just didn't feel like going all the way through the text again, and just needed a review.

I just got my physical, TB test, and all the shots I need except the last two Hep B's which have to be spaced two months apart. I also have to take a one day medical provider CPR course which I am going to do over the summer.

Any ideas on what we can go ahead and buy for nursing school?

I am stuck in the same sort of dilemma for my nursing school...I REALLY want to go out and buy all the stuff for school, but I know that they require us to get certain colored scrub pants (which I believe are red) and the top is something we have to order through them. I don't want to go out and spend all this money on supplies and find out that they weren't necessary or the correct ones! So, against my wishes, I am waiting to buy everything! :) I'm taking my CPR class in about two weeks. I'm loving this thread because it really makes me excited thinking about starting up! :)

drmorton2b

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in Sub-Acute/Psychiatric/Detox.

Moving my tuesdays at work to weds, thus making my Monday and Tuesday clinical days work free, allowing for sleep and time inbetween for preperation.

Well, right now I am working full-time but once august comes, I will not work just for the fact that I want to be able to just concentrate on nusing school and not have any other problems outside (like work). My husband was ok with it so i was like, why not? He makes enough money now that he said I can just go to school full time.

Well, my school does not start until august 20 but I am planning to get out of work by August 1st so I can spend time with my family (husband and kids).

As far as buying the materials for the class, right now they dont have it posted yet but I have other medical books that I am looking at which I am for sure will be part of the course. I also have my stethoscope ready (Littmann Master Cardiology), my blood pressure cuffs, etc.,..I use them to practice on my kids...hehehe....

But anyway, being an EMT will hopefully help me when school start...

And good luck to all!

I'm hoping to get accepted to the nursing program starting January 2009. To prepare I'd like to:

~Deep clean my whole house

~Get my every inch of my house super organized

~Spend lots of time with my partner - I couldn't do this without her love and support!

~Freeze some casseroles

~Make sure all my car maintence is up to date

Shannon

coolpeach

Specializes in ER/Ortho.

Does anyone know if we can use a digital BP cuff in nursing school, or does it have to be a old fashioned standard? I was looking, and the digital just seems like it would be more acurate, and easier.

So, against my wishes, I am waiting to buy everything! :) I'm loving this thread because it really makes me excited thinking about starting up! :)

Nice to see you, FriendlyGhost, and thank you...I know, the anticipation creates an unbelievable energy, doesn't it?

But anyway, being an EMT will hopefully help me when school start...

Sweetsmuckers, I think your EMT experience will really be helpful for you...I was toying with the idea of applying to the Paramedic program too.

~Make sure all my car maintence is up to date

Irishowl, that's a really good idea that I hadn't thought about and I know i need to do an oil change!

So here's a little philosophical musing to start off the day...I take yoga classes regularly and one of the topics of discussion lately is transition...for those of us in the north northern hemisphere, we're moving from winter into spring, and for us, from our "old" life patterns into nursing school and a new professional path...often we think about the beginning and the end, where we are and where we want to be, but the middle, the transition, can be a bit of a "no person's land"...So for us, the transition is the waiting period where we prepare physically, mentally, emotionally...it can be hard!

So, I send a positive, strong energy to everyone out there waiting and preparing for school!:)

FriendlyGhostRN

Specializes in Emergency.

Nice to see you, FriendlyGhost, and thank you...I know, the anticipation creates an unbelievable energy, doesn't it?

Sweetsmuckers, I think your EMT experience will really be helpful for you...I was toying with the idea of applying to the Paramedic program too.

Irishowl, that's a really good idea that I hadn't thought about and I know i need to do an oil change!

So here's a little philosophical musing to start off the day...I take yoga classes regularly and one of the topics of discussion lately is transition...for those of us in the north northern hemisphere, we're moving from winter into spring, and for us, from our "old" life patterns into nursing school and a new professional path...often we think about the beginning and the end, where we are and where we want to be, but the middle, the transition, can be a bit of a "no person's land"...So for us, the transition is the waiting period where we prepare physically, mentally, emotionally...it can be hard!

So, I send a positive, strong energy to everyone out there waiting and preparing for school!:)

Thanks for sharing that with us! I love yoga! Unfortunately, I haven't had time lately for it. I took it last year this time for my physical education credit and absolutely loved it...my body never felt better!

missninaRN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Hospice.

I'm hoping to get accepted to the nursing program starting January 2009. To prepare I'd like to:

~Deep clean my whole house

~Get my every inch of my house super organized

~Spend lots of time with my partner - I couldn't do this without her love and support!

~Freeze some casseroles

~Make sure all my car maintence is up to date

Shannon

That sounds like an excellent plan to me!

9livesRN, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in SNU/SNF/MedSurg, SPCU Ortho/Neuro/Spine.

I will

-Drink my beer and enjoy my grill.

-Go to the beach as often as i can (I love caladesi state park, FL)

-Play my video games halo3 and call of duty!!!1(and drink some more beer)

- clean my house, orcanize all my stuff,

- paint my house inside and out

- i already got my snow white nike shox (nice and confy)

- cant buy scrubs because it will be collor coordinated depending of wich class!

- i've been talking good care of the wifey while she was in school

now we are both working fulltime and she is at school full time, i was cooking and cleaning and taking care of the dogs, now i will be going full time also so... we have to coock qhenever able and freezer/fridge the food (we hate fast food) and the doggy is pregnant oh my!

- clean my house, orcanize all my stuff,

- paint my house inside and out

and the doggy is pregnant oh my!

Wow, that's quite a list...good wishes for your doggy!:wink2:

fuuchan

Specializes in Intensive medical care.

I will

-Drink my beer and enjoy my grill.

-Go to the beach as often as i can (I love caladesi state park, FL)

-Play my video games halo3 and call of duty!!!1(and drink some more beer)

- clean my house, orcanize all my stuff,

- paint my house inside and out

- i already got my snow white nike shox (nice and confy)

- cant buy scrubs because it will be collor coordinated depending of wich class!

- i've been talking good care of the wifey while she was in school

now we are both working fulltime and she is at school full time, i was cooking and cleaning and taking care of the dogs, now i will be going full time also so... we have to coock qhenever able and freezer/fridge the food (we hate fast food) and the doggy is pregnant oh my!

How could I forget the video games?!?! Let's play a death match one day!!

9livesRN, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in SNU/SNF/MedSurg, SPCU Ortho/Neuro/Spine.

i will be on tonight all night long!!!

kakobraza namer tag

fuuchan

Specializes in Intensive medical care.

Dang it, now I have to get it back from the person i lent it too. Have you played Dark Sector? Anywho, my tag is fuu chan80

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