Here is a glimpse inside the dark corners of my nursing school existence:
A backpack is a must! I see many of my fellow nursing students hauling around their schoolwork in very cute, very fashionable hand bags, but please be kind to your back (you’re going to need it later when you become a full-fledged RN), and get a good backpack. Thank you. 😉 Mine was free (i.e., it was included in my tuition) from my previous university.
The small zippered area at the bottom of my bag is where I stash all of my pens, pencils, highlighters, my calculator, keys, and my phone (which I use to record class).
Moving on up to the smallest pouch, located near the top of the bag. This is where I carry my emergency items: my epi pens (I’m allergic to the cold…yes, it’s a real thing), my Diva Cup (something every menstruating woman should be aware of…yep, I just went there), and ibuprofen (because you just never know when you’ll need some)!
In the smaller of the two large compartments, I store my lab/clinical bag. I keep it in a separate bag so that I can easily transfer it depending on where I’m going. It includes the most basic clinical supplies: stethoscope, pen light, watch, and student ID. If I were heading to clinicals, I would add my handbook for med/surg nursing, some cash for lunch, a water bottle, clinical prep sheets, and my chapstick (cannot live without my chapstick).
Last but not least, the main compartment. It usually only contains a couple things: the binder for the class I have that day and a snack (usually apples, pretzels, granola bars, or peanuts). I don’t usually bring any books to class unless the instructor tells us to ahead of time. Again, I’m trying to save my back here, and it is just not necessary to carry all of that around!
Now that you know my must have items, what are your necessary gadgets and gizmos?