Nursing school is in full swing. I’m not going to lie, it’s a little more involved this semester. I cannot slack off! Gone are the days of power-point dependence. I find that this semester lays heavy on self-study. There’s also a bit more writing and note taking involved. With that in mind, it’s so much more fun to scribble notes and sticky pages when there’s cute paper involved!
I found this link while mindlessly surfing the web…it’s what I do for study breaks! The site is called Poppin, and it is loaded with bright-colored office supplies. If anyone knows anything about nursing students, they know how much we love desk top supplies and gadgets. I mean, no nursing student would be caught dead without a stash of post-its!
A pop of color from Poppin
So while many of us students are waiting with bated breath for the disbursement of student aid, I will be coveting items found on this site. I got my eye on these:
Feeling a Desk Overhaul
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on September 12, 2012
We’re having a cold snap, and I’m not feeling like going outside today. Plus, I only have a few more days to be absolutely lazy. I do intend on running at some point today. It’s supposed to get up to 37 degrees this afternoon!
Since I won’t be doing anything productive outdoors, I figure doing something productive indoors is just as good. Today I’m going to destroy my Medical-Surgical Nursing textbook!
Lemme show you why:
It’s about 3 inches thick, too!!!
So this is what I did:
1. I separated the book by units, and then ran an exacto knife down the seam (on both sides).
2. I placed the loose pages into clear sheet protectors.
3. Make sure you keep pages in order!
4. Organized my sheets into a three-ring binder.
My reasoning? Well, the book is heavy as hell and I don’t want to be lugging that monster all over campus. I paid for the book and don’t plan on reselling it. With the book broken, I can carry only the sections that will be covered. Finally, I feel really good about breaking things!
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on January 3, 2012
My student funds have been disbursed, and you know what that means? Time to stock up on the necessary supplies for classes. First things first, every good nurse needs a good stethoscope. Here is what I’m ordering:
It’s the Littmann Cardiology III in Raspberry! I was considering the Caribbean Blue color; but the reviews kept saying that the color was not even close to its online description. So, Raspberry it is…and I’m getting it inscribed: “Hakuna Matata” which is the Swahili phrase for “No Worries”. God knows I’ll need those words of inspiration as the nursing program gets more and more intense. I was going to use my signature phrase: “Jesus Take the Wheel!”; but only a handful of folks would get the origin of my using that phrase…it really doesn’t have much to do with the song lyrics.
The next thing on my list is a pair of comfortable shoes. I have back issues, and I’m trying to avoid any further injuries/pain as much as possible. For years I’ve worn plain old running sneakers, and by the end of a shift, my back is not my friend! I’ve always had a slight apprehension toward “nurse shoes”, I mean, they’re not the most fashionable pieces. So if I’m gonna get some, they should offer a great deal of comfort to offset the unsightliness! School gives the option of black or white shoes. I’m going with black.
Lastly, I’m nearing the end of my gadget debate. I’m about 90% sure that I’m getting the ipad 2. It seems to be a great tool for school. I can potentially load all of my books onto it using ebooks, and Pages will allow me to create documents. The only catch is that Apple is still at arms with the Flash people; so, that may be a little tricky. The good thing is I still have my standard Sony laptop to use. The little cutie Sony netbook is getting re-homed. It will be a sad moment; but its new owners will give it a loving home.
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on November 17, 2011
I have been a ball of nerves and bitchiness the last couple of months. I was waiting to hear from two nursing schools. Everyday the anxiety would build and build, until the moment the mailbox would make its sound. Each time, I would run and check, and up until yesterday it was goose egg city. But yesterday. Yesterday!!! It came, the sign, the message, the oh-so coveted letter! I got it, I got it, I GOT!!!
I honestly wasn’t expecting to get accepted. I figured I would, at best, be waitlisted. I mean, everyone had been fretting and talking, and to hear other people fret, and compare GPA’s and TEAS test scores…I started to doubt myself. I have a funny habit of second-guessing my intelligence and hard work. This acceptance letter is a testament to how hard I have worked. Nursing school is super competitive, no matter what type of school- 4 year, 2 year, diploma program- it is cut throat. I got in; and that is awesome!!!
My adventure begins in January 2012. I’m excited and even more anxious! My first concern is what are our clinical uniforms going to look like? I mean, I need to know what color we’re wearing and I hope to God we are not wearing scrub pants with tapered legs.
Believe it or not, I had to endure this style of scrub pant, in royal blue, for 3 years! The animal hospital that currently employs me required them. There was a huge to-do when the techs voiced their opinions about how our scrubs looked dated and it was time to update. The practice owner’s wife chose those ugly scrubs! After much heated discussions and several tears, she caved and we won! I hope to never wear that style of scrub pant EVER!!
Here are a few other concerns of mine-
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on October 23, 2011
I have been anxiously awaiting acceptance letters from a couple of nursing schools. I think my hair is starting to fall out! I have also taken on a hefty load of classes this semester…more hair falling out. I like to read blogs on my study breaks (it helps to detour me from the mailbox, too). Badinage has a thoughtful post about gifts for nursing students:
“You can never go wrong with the following: a nice stethoscope, pretty earrings (studs!), or a beautiful (water-resistant!) watch. Classic. I would include a fancy pen (black ink!) except that they disappear faster than you can ask “Who took my pen?” *
I’m really into giving people useful items. Here are a few more ideas:
The Spoon Sisters ID Blocker
Love this. Nursing students have to be careful that the papers they use and bring home do not have any patient identifiers on them. I used to carry a black marker with me just for the purpose of marking out that data. It was that or cutting it off the page. It would have been great to have this stamp handy.
Koko Michelle Lunch Bag
A cute lunch bag. A friend gave me this one for my birthday, and I use it all the time. It’s small yet large enough to hold my breakfast and lunch. Once empty, it takes up very little space in my tiny locker. No more searching in the fridge for my food that has gotten pushed around.
Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock
Clinicals start early. Those heavy sleepers might find this alarm clock useful. There are also alarm clocks that roll away, fly, and test your math skills. I personally love my light alarm clock. There are many pricey models out there ($100+), but I use the Homedics SoundSpa Sunrise Gradual Light Alarm Clock Radio. It uses your own bedside lamp instead of a built-in light.
Anna shoulder bag by Christy Studio
We have a lot to carry. This bag is large and has plenty of pockets.
Of course, these are things that I would have wanted as a student nurse (and still do). Any more ideas?”
I would throw in this orange stethoscope.
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on August 21, 2011