For all of the nursing students who haven’t started clinical or may be starting clinical soon, this post will help prepare you for your first day on what you should bring, and my opinion on why.
- First and foremost, you need a stethoscope. Most people say not to go out and buy an expensive stethoscope right away just in case you end up leaving the nursing program.
I think that a nice stethoscope is great motivation to keep working hard (and it also looks really nice!)
Having a nice stethoscope, like a Littman, will remind you how much you spent and why you spent that much. You wouldn’t want to spend a good amount of money on a stethoscope and not take your classes seriously and you might have to step out of the program. Use your stethoscope as motivation.
This is the stethoscope I have pictured at the top, you can get it on amazon
- Next, buy a few little notepads like I have in the above picture, and a package of nice ballpoint pens. For your first clinical experience you will most likely be doing a lot of care plans based off of physical assessments and having your notepad in your pocket will make it easier to right vitals and your patient’s history.
You can get these here on Amazon: 5 pack for 12.99
- You will need a watch with a second hand to help you with obtaining vital signs. I made the mistake of using a digital watch without a second hand, which made counting my patient’s pulse or respirations difficult to do while watching the digital numbers change. I purchased my watch (As shown in the picture above) for about 40 dollars. It is a Timex and hasn’t failed me once in 2 years!
You can get this watch here —-> Timex watch for $32.50
- A good pen-light is needed, especially for your first clinicals. Like I said earlier, you will be doing a lot of physical assessments, and a pen-light is going to be needed to assess your patients eyes.
You can grab these on amazon here—> 2 pack penlights for $8.85
- Lastly, I would download a good drug reference app to your smartphone. Technology is changing the way we do things and making it easier to access information we need, when we need it.
These are the things that I think are essential for your first day of clinical! Everyone is different and may bring different items along with them, but based off of my experiences, these are the necessities for the first day! Goodluck!