Sunday, January 9, 2011

Nursing Shoes and Pen Lights

I am thrilled and exciting to start the nursing program.  Yesterday I went on a shopping spree for my nursing shoes, noise cancelling head phones, planner (thanks to Estelle's Nursing Guide-part 3 tips would be lost without you), and a couple other school supplies.  Here is what I bought:

Nursing books on the left including iclicker.
 
$9 planner from Wal-Mart, better deal than the $54 one from Office Max (totally overpriced there)

Big enough squares I think to write everything I need

With the exception of 2 more books and a supply kit that includes sterile gloves and a pen light I'm all set

I read on allnurses.com to think about buying a set of noise cancelling headphones so I can study in the same room as my other family members.

Completely all white nursing shoes.  I feel like people will be able to see me coming from a mile away.  haha.

I was also looking for a running shoe for the 5K's I'll be involved with this summer and my son told me to buy some Zig Tech's, but for the price of these shoes I won't be wearing them until there are no more puddles on the ground...summertime.
In my adventure to find all of these items I wasn't able to find a pen light or a pair of sterile gloves....let's see I tried Walgreens, and Wal-Mart but no luck.  I didn't realize these items would be so difficult to find, does anyone out there have any suggestions on where to go?  I was asked to buy a supply kit that includes a paper ruler, pen light, and sterile gloves and they sell them at my school store for a bundle price of $10.  But I thought I could buy these items separately for cheaper, and after my trip out today I'm not so sure.  By the way both the Walgreens and Wal-Mart pharmacists didn't know what a pen light was, and both thought each store sold sterile gloves, and neither store did.

As each day gets closer to my start date I get more and more excited.  Last night I had a friend over to the house that has recently graduated the program and she thinks I'm more than ready, maybe even overboard.  She was such a blessing to have over because my husband and I ran a bunch of questions past her as far as what to expect, and her fountain of information was appreciated.  I think I'm on my way to being set to go.

10 comments:

  1. I think that I actually own half those books! Brings back bad, bad memories! lol Good luck! It's got to be exciting! :)

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  2. I need to make a post like this...showing my pile o' books and all my other goodies -- scrub tops, polo shirts, stethoscope, pen light, shoes (ours have to be solid black...FUGLY!), et al. Funny...I got that same planner at Wal-Mart..except mine is an aqua blue color. :-)

    Pen light -- I got mine at a locally-owned scrub shop. Life Uniform also sells them...if you have a Life Uniform store near you. Gloves -- my husband uses disposable latex gloves to do his woodworking staining and he got them at Harbor Freight for dirt cheap. Not sure if you have one of those around..?

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  3. They actually want you to find sterile gloves? Nowadays with gas prices it might be cheaper to just buy the schools over-priced bundle.

    Good luck to everybody starting tomorrow, my first class isn't until 4:30.

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  4. Yes, NP, they actually expect me to get sterile gloves before I start. But I found a loophole that I'll blog about in a minute and tell you all about how I was able to get a pair.

    Good luck to you and your first class tonight, please tell me all about your first day back.

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  5. Tell me what you think of those noise canceling head phones, I have bought and returned many brands and am still searching for some good ones...

    I am lucky to have a quiet house to myself most of the time, but the ODD time I go to the library I definitely need something...

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  7. Yea Albino, I'm not too impressed with this pair because I can still hear noise when I'm wearing them. But the noise is definately lower and that's a good thing, and I'm not sure without spending too darn much if I'll ever have a pair just perfect for not hearing anything, so hopefully it helps me to get the work done.

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  8. I'm starting my program in June, which is funny as I read so many nursing blogs and every one is finishing up for the school year. Did you use all of your books? I just received my book list and it is a stack that looks a lot like that! Good luck with the rest of your finals!

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  9. oh good luck!! studying is NOT easy..bit it is worth the effort! I think i got all the stuff i needed way way back then from a medical supply store. Nothing is cheap any more..the price of the books is outrageous!
    Good luck!
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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