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Updated by Meagan Hollman on Mar 16, 2013
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10 Things Every Nursing Student Should Have

Nurses need a lot of gadgets, and so do nursing students attending a Utah college. Here’s what you need to be prepared for the first day of class.

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A Medical Dictionary.

A Medical Dictionary.

You’ll need to reference all those tricky terms you don’t have memorized yet, so get a dictionary with pictures to help you learn them.

2

A Current Drug Guide.

A Current Drug Guide.

Because new medications appear on the market almost every day, it’s important for both nursing students attending a Utah college and employed nurses to stay updated.

3

A Good Stethoscope.

A Good Stethoscope.

You and your fellow nursing students will learn at your Utah college how to use one of these and what exactly you’re listening for. As a word to the wise, don’t go with the cheapest model you can find; the quality will match the price.

4

Sturdy Medical Scissors.

Sturdy Medical Scissors.

Nurses use these every day to cut bandages and various other things, so it will help to have a pair handy when you start clinical training at a local hospital.

5

A Couple of Pens.

A Couple of Pens.

Whether you’re in a Utah college class or at clinicals, you’ll almost always have a pen in your hand. Get a few different colors to organize your daily tasks. Make sure they feel comfortable in your hand and that the ink doesn’t smear.

6

Pad of Paper.

Pad of Paper.

A Utah nursing college can get crazy. Carry around a pad of paper for taking notes, memos, reminders, instructions, etc. Learn now while you’re in college how to stay organized—you’ll need those skills when you become a full-time nurse.

7

A Highlighter.

A Highlighter.

You’ll need one of these to highlight important information on charts and as you’re educating patients and/or their families about treatments and procedures.

8

A Permanent Marker.

A Permanent Marker.

As a nurse, you do a lot of labeling—not of people, of course, but of things like medications, IV bags, and various other items.

9

Comfortable Shoes and Scrubs.

Comfortable Shoes and Scrubs.

Nurses are sometimes on their feet for up to 12 hours; you’ll definitely need a comfy pair of shoes. You’ll also need well-fitting scrubs with lots of pockets to store pens, paper, bandages, and other medical goodies.

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A Watch That Tells Military Time.

A Watch That Tells Military Time.

This will make coding and documentation easier because you won’t have to worry about doing the math. You will always be more likely to be on time to your Utah college classes.