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Starting out at Nursing School: What you'll need!

Time management

  1. Planner - 1 page per day.
  2. Wall Calendar –for visualising what is coming up each month.
  3. Weekly to-do List – it feels great to be able to cross things off each week.
  4. Household Schedule – for keeping school in perspective with life.

Stationary

  1. Paper -  pocket notebook for clinicals, loose leaf paper, printer paper and index cards 3x5 and 5x8.
  2. Folders - 3-ring binder, display folders with plastic sleeves.                    
  3. Misc. - 3 holed punch, calculator, small stapler, staples.
  4. Pens, highlighters and pencils– for note taking. Highlighting key ideas and for drawing diagrams for study aids.

Technology/ devices

  1. Recorder – great for recording lectures and classes. Also comes in handy for recording any notes you make to so that you can reinforce concepts. It is important to make sure that your teacher gives permission for you to record as they may have a strict policy. More often than not they allow it for personal use and ask that you do not distribute it.  
  2.  Laptop/Desktop computer – important for accessing online content, doing assessments and checking emails. It is important to have internet access while completing nursing school, however if you are unable to have it at home, most public libraries and educational institutes provide computer labs to their students
  3. Printer/Scanner – for printing assessments and lecture notes. This is also convenient but not necessary, so if you are prepared to pay small fee at public libraries and other educational institutes they always have many on hand to access.
  4. IPod/mp3 player – amazing for unwinding to your favourite music or even uploading recordings of notes and lectures for extra reinforcement while going for a run or walking the dog. I personally love listening while I’m cooking or washing up.  

Nurse Stuff!!!

  1. Water proof watch – must have a second hand
  2. Stethoscope – Your school may have a particular one that they want you to use that is fairly cheap. If they allow other brands, Littman is very good and reliable and will definitely take you all the way through nursing school. However, make sure you have it engraved or don’t let it out of your sight as I have heard sooooooo many stories of them being stolen out of bags etc.
  3. Comfortable shoes – this is a no brainer. Nurses are on their feet all day and night so it is important to splash out where comfort and support is needed. Klogs, despite being some of the ugliest shoes to exist, are wonderful. Dansko are also really comfortable, as well as the brand Sanita which offers cute prints and colours.
  4. Durable bag - this one is also really important! A lot of people have said that a bag with wheels comes in good use when you’re lugging heavy books across campus. Please don’t use shoulder bags! You will wind up with an immense amount of strain on your shoulder, and they just aren’t practical.
  5. Scrubs – Scrubs are a bit of a grey area as there will be variations in what is required of students from school to school. Mostly blue are used I believe, but I may be wrong.
  6. Student uniform - this will be something you purchase from your school. It is important for when you are on placement so that you are recognised as a student from your school.
  7. Long sleeve tops – nurses have early starts and finishes so it is important to stay warm. Hospitals often aren’t the warmest of environments so having a few long sleave tops to layer up with is definitely worth it. 
  8. Penlight – penlights are like pens, you’ll start off the shift with a few spares but by the end you’ll be trying to trace your steps back to find one! They aren’t too expensive so whenever you, replenish your hoard! Haha
  9. Bandage/Dressing scissors – these will be your best friend. There’s no need to go out and by a ridiculously expensive pair. Just the basics that do their job!

 Books

  1. Medical Dictionary – every student needs one. It is so handy for looking things up and often they have small diagram explanations. I actually picked up a seventh edition Oxford minidictionary for Nurses which is great and it is the perfect size.
  2. Latest Drug guide – this is an important friend to the nursing student as there are so many drugs that we come into contact with. Make sure that you get an up to date one as there are new drugs out all the time.
  3. Thesaurus – this is just a helpful one for writing essays. I find myself looking for new ways to say something all the time and having a thesaurus gives you lots of options for words. Most computers have one built into their document writing system if you decide not to get one.
  4. Referencing Guide ­– as soon as you find out what kind of referencing your course uses for assignments, make sure you get a guide on how to do it correctly. You may pick up on it right away without needing one, but if you’re like me, it’ll help to be able to look it up whenever you need to. Note: never leaving referencing til last. Do it as you go!
  5. NCLEX Q’s book – the earlier you get yourself acquainted with NCLEX questions, the better. There are so many of these books out there. My advice would be to ask someone at school in a higher year, or one of your instructors, whether they can suggest a good one to you and go by that.
  6. Required Textbooks – you will either get a list of these given to you or it will be in your course outline under core texts. Buying textbooks brand new can be super expensive so I suggest you try and get them second hand. There’s is absolutely no shame in this, in fact it is the smarter thing to do.  Check textbook exchange pages for your school on Facebook, look at noticeboards, gumtree. EBay, craigslist and advertise on these that you are looking to buy. If you know someone the year or semester ahead of you, contact them and offer to buy them for a reasonable price. Unless the course changes dramatically year to year, you will be able to get away with having books a few editions behind. If you have the money and you want to buy them all brand new, then do so! There is something satisfying about accumulating textbooks… I myself have many!

In your bag

  1. Wallet – make sure you carry your student ID card, bus pass, drivers licence, cash cards and loose change for printing. Keep a photo of someone or something you love or that motivates you to keep going.
  2. Keys – don’t forget your house keys, car keys and if your school has lockers, get one and don’t forget to bring the key with you to school!
  3. Hand sanitizer – at nursing school lots of people turn into crazy OCD hygiene gurus, and for good reason! Travel size hand sanitizer is perfect to carry around with you whether it’s at school or on the floor!
  4. Lip balm/Moisturiser – because hospitals are cold and dry areas it good to make sure you have a chap stick or some paw paw ointment on hand to stop any wind burn, chapping or cracking. Moisturiser is a must. You will be constantly washing your hands and using hand sanitiser upon entering a room so it is important to put some moisture and life back into your poor little hand. Any vitamin E creams or aloe Vera based moisturisers will do the trick!
  5. Headphones - make sure you have a spare pair of ordinary headphones. Preferably not the apple ones as they don’t always work on school computers. Some computer labs or libraries at schools will sell these or loan them to students for a few dollars. Sometimes you’ll find yourself at university with a few hour between classes and you might want to re watch a lecture, but you don’t want to disturb other students in their study. You may simply just want to watch silly things on YouTube to cheer yourself up after a terrible day so make sure you are prepared.
  6. Tissues – make sure you have a travel pack of tissues. There may be day where you just feel like crap or have had very little sleep and just have a little melt down so tissues or face wipes can save the day!
  7. Water bottle – stay hydrated!! Try to stay away from caffeine where you can. We all know that the caffeine high is fast in reacting, but when you crash you crash hard. Just starting your day with a big glass of water can set you up for feeling good all day so carry it on through the day too! My university has refill places where you can refill your bottle without having to buy it or go to a bathroom.
  8. Lunchbox – Always pack lunch!! You will go through so much money buying lunch every day. If you don’t have time in the morning, prepare the night before or even cook for the week on Sunday and pop something into a microwave safe container to heat up at school. Make sure you have a few pieces of fruit, a handful of mixed nuts and some form of carbs and protein. Make sure you have a few muesli bars for back-ups, and I often freeze a little tub of yogurt for later in the day.

I hope this has been helpful people! Special thanks to peacelovekoala and nursekanika for their contributions to this post. Please reblog this so that any future nursing students can have a look at this and get some ideas! Also if you would like me to cover any other topics let me know and feel free to ask anything you like xx ourloveandtrials

school supplies for this year!
~~I got all my supplies at Staples because that’s where I usually go (besides my pencil case) but other stores definitely have these supplies

•1 clear accordion folder with 6 pockets. I’m planning to use this for extra paper, important papers, but also for my Spanish, English, and Math class folders
•1 Moleskine black large squared journal for my bullet journal
•2 Five star flexible binders for History and Biology
•1 five star 3 subject notebook for APUSH
•1 graph notebook for Math
•1 flexible composition notebook for Biology
•Pencil pouch is from Forever 21 (I think it’s supposed to be a makeup pouch but I’m just using it for my pens and pencils haha)

🌸Got some new supplies for the upcoming school year! 🌸
I’m going to try a new study method this year which includes using a folder for each class, a spiral notebook to take in-class notes in and a campus notebook to rewrite the notes while I’m studying.
Many studyblrs suggest that it is a great way to study so I’m hoping that it works out for me ⭐️

5 Different Organizational Techniques to Try

1. Bullet Journal. A commonly seen organization tool on tumblr is the bullet journal. The basic premise is creating a notebook that holds all of your information in one portable place. For more information, you should visit the website. The bullet journal is great for people who like to visualize schedules, but don’t want a lot of clutter. This technique can be as simple or complicated as you want, depending on how much decorating you put into the pages.

2. White boards. Another way to organize your life is by hanging up whiteboards. This technique is more suited towards those that don’t want to worry about keeping track of and handling multiple journals and papers. They are easy to erase and reuse, making them very practical in the long run, but this system doesn’t help with remembering dates and times later on.

3. Online calendars. Google calendars are great for those who would rather live in the digital age. You can access it from both your computer and your phone, so you are never without the information needed. Color-coding and scheduling is extremely easy on the devices, and you’re able to reduce clutter in your life. This technique is great for those who just want to get the scheduling done, without anything extra.

4. Folders. Color-coding with folders is one way to take care of loose papers and schedules in your life. By creating a designated area in your room, you will always have all the information tucked away in an easily accessible place. This techniques works well for those who don’t want all their information shoved together into one journal, but it is harder to transport and take with you to work or school. I suggest buying a plastic container to keep all the folders hidden and organized. 

5. Multiple journals.  This techniques involves having a journal for daily to-do lists, a journal for monthly planning, and journals for other information that you need to take care of. If you like the idea of the bullet journal, but don’t want to have to flip through pages of to-do lists to find your monthly calendars, this may be the perfect system for you. However, you need to be able to keep up with multiple journals for this system to work.  

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HOW TO MAKE A GAZETTE GIFT BAG!

We all face busy lives. And in all the hustle bustle, sometimes many times, we forget about carry bags, folders and gift bags. In such scenarios, it would be incredibly useful, to just grab some paper and make a bag with whatever paper is at hand. And that’s exactly what we would like to help with, in this tutorial!

Materials needed:

  • Paper (We used two different colours, to make the bags look prettier. Don’t worry, its easy to get the same effect)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Ribbon

Steps to follow:

  1. Paste the two sheets together from one edge, by putting a little glue and pressing the 2 papers together.
  2. Paste the other 2 edges together. To get even sides, paste green on pink once and pink on green the second time.
  3. Taking one of the long edges of the paper, fold sideways after leaving a margin of about 1 cm. This will make 2 creases, one on the pink side and one on the green. Repeat the same in the other direction. This way, there will be 4 creased lines.
  4. Fold the creased lines on each side inwards. This will give volume to the bag, as a gap will be created where the 2 lines fold in.
  5. Fold the bottom edge of the bag upwards and make a creased line.
  6. Snip of the edges of the folded region. Next, cut off one of the two layers formed.
  7. Past the bottom edge of the paper to the upper layer of the bag.

At this stage, if you need a folder or small bag to hold in your hand. You can tape up the top and the bag is ready. But..if you like, some ribbon can be added, to give the bag, a complete look!

All you need to do is cut 2 lengths of ribbon. And stick them on opposite ends of the paper. (PS: Make sure the gaps between the ribbons match on both sides)

Another easy design is to fold the edges that we folded in step 3, inside the side folds. This will make the two sides of the bag, different colours. Like this.

Tried something similar and had great results? Do let us know about it!

Have a great start to the week!

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What’s in my backpack -

There is also my keys ofc, my smartphone, a bottle of water and wet wipes. You can also see two folders but I only take one with me (depends on the subjects I have in a day) because professors give us TONS of documents. And that’s heavy seriously so I split them into 2 folders.