12 Nursing School Supplies You Need
Studying as a student nurse is exciting but buying nursing school supplies is even more thrilling! Who doesn’t love school supplies anyway? I know I do! If you are excited to start your school year as a student nurse, here are twelve of the essentials you need.
The 12 Must-haves Nursing School Supplies
So, you are ready to start nursing school, a bit nervous, I assume? Don’t be! Going to nursing school is one of the best experiences you will ever have. And to start your year right, you must also have the right stuff.
As you prepare for nursing school, make sure that you have these items and enjoy your time as a student nurse.
As one of the items you need, scrub suits should be the first on your list. And for a good reason, too – scrubs are the go-to uniforms for nurses and student nurses. However, some hospitals or schools require a specific color for the scrubs used.
Once you know what color is needed, you can search for the features and the kind of fabric you want to keep you well-vented during clinical. Make sure that your scrubs have pockets, as it is essential. It will help you carry various items like pens, note pads, etc.
If you do not know your size, take measurements first to understand how it fits you. That way, you don’t have to suffer wearing the wrong fit the entire school year!
When I was in nursing school, my aunt gave me a specific kind of nurse shoes for my clinical. I never understood why she sent me those but little did I know that wearing the correct type of shoes makes a lot of difference in your life as a student nurse.
An aching foot is the number one enemy of nurses. Even professional nurses hate it. Choosing the right kind of shoes that fits correctly is essential in protecting your feet. Generally, you should find something that has laces. Slip-on are also excellent choices – it’s easy to wear and save you time putting them on. Shoes with loop straps are good too.
When choosing shoes, find something easy to wash. Clog-style designs can be easily wiped down and disinfected. Many nursing shoes come in different styles, colors, materials, and makers. Make sure to choose something that is slip-resistant and comfortable to use.
Nursing planners and notebooks
One of the essential things you must have as a nurse is your nurse planners and notebooks. If you haven’t used a planner before, you will be the moment you become a student nurse (and nurse in the future!). It is an excellent way to put all your activities and class schedules to avoid missing any.
Notebooks are for your class notes. While we are in the digital age, taking notes can be as simple as asking for a copy through USB. However, there’s nothing more authentic than taking down notes! It is also a satisfying feeling when you have a pen in your hands to write down something important.
Sounds old school, right? But a watch is essential. A watch is needed as some hospitals do not allow student nurses to use their smartphones. Of course, for a good reason too. Mostly, it is for safety and privacy reasons.
When choosing the right watch, make sure it is water-resistant. A water-resistant watch is excellent for procedures that may involve liquids. Plus, you don’t have to look for a clock to check the time constantly.
Jackets and labcoats
Other nursing school must-haves are lab coats and jackets. However, this may depend on your nursing school. In my case, for example, we were assigned to use our lab coats whenever we check for our patient assignment.
But of course, lab coats are not just for checking assignments, it is also useful when you are going into professional meetings and others. Labcoats and jackets are also great as extra layers and pockets for all your items. Make sure to add your name to it so it doesn’t get stolen or mixed up with others.
When I was in nursing school, my first stethoscope was a hand-me-down one from my aunt, a nurse. I couldn’t be happier! Of course, it was still working, and it served me well.
A stethoscope is essential to help check for the vital signs of patients. You will also use it in your practice, so if you can afford a good one, like a Littmann stethoscope, get it. Yes, it may be pricey, but you can use it for a long time, and it will save you money.
Make sure to personalize your stethoscope too. It will be much easier to identify it when you are doing your job.
Blood pressure monitor or BP Apparatus
A blood pressure monitor is another essential nursing school supply to add to your list. It would be best if you had this to check your patient’s blood pressure.
When looking for a blood monitor apparatus, you will find different kinds of them. However, the sphygmomanometers have digital and manual types. So make sure you do your research first before you buy one to know how to operate it properly.
A penlight may be small, but it has a great purpose. This mini flashlight is a powerful tool for assessing the patient’s pupil responses. It is also helpful in checking the wounds, throat, and mouth. It is also light to carry, so make sure that you have one with you.
Not just any scissors but nursing scissors, to be exact. Adding this to your list is essential. This type of scissors helps cut bandages, dressings for wounds, medical gauze, tubings, and so on.
If you decide to buy one, add some medical tape or gauze. These will come in handy in the future.
Papers and pens
What’s a nurse without her trusty pen? I know I wouldn’t say I like it whenever I lose a pen, so I have a stock of them. You can do the same. Get yourself a box of pens that you love using. It will make your life easy as a student nurse.
Avoid using pens with caps as they can get lost easily. Aim to use clicky pens; it is more practical! In addition to pens, include highlighters, markers, and other essential school supplies that you need.
Stock papers, too; you will need them for class and take notes at the hospital. If you do not like loose papers, find a mini notebook that you can stuff in your pocket. It will be easier to jot down a few important notes to remember.
Let us not forget the most vital part of your studies – nursing textbooks. Find out what you need for the semester and check where you can buy them. You can order them online or go textbook hunting if you are up for it.
Bag or Backpack
Of course, you cannot go anywhere without these items, so finding a reliable and sturdy backpack for your things is a must-have. Make sure to find something that is going to last for a while. It will save you money too.
Nursing School Supplies Honorable Mentions
Besides the one listed above, there are also other vital supplies that are not so important but something you might need while in nursing school. These are:
- Compression socks – help prevent soreness on your legs.
- Laptops and iPads – are needed for your research and studies.
- Voice recorder – if you don’t want to take notes during lectures, you can always record them; it will come in handy.
- Water bottle – keeping yourself hydrated at all times is vital. A water bottle that can hold enough water to last you through the day is a must.
- Nursing clinical cheat sheets – technically, this is not “cheating” but an excellent way to remind yourself of the critical things in nursing. If you want nursing facts at your fingertips, these are good!
- Calculator – since some hospitals ban smartphones during clinical, you must own a calculator to help you calculate for IV drips.
- Foldable clipboard – will allow you to write notes, vital signs, or general writing. A small one will work fine.
Now that you know what nursing school supplies you need go ahead and get them. Becoming a nurse is an exciting path, and so is getting school supplies! Enjoy!