Clinical can always be a big ominous stress ball; especially in first year…and second year… and well.. you get the picture. Here are some items and tips and tricks that I have learned along the way. I have hyperlinked the specific products that I have and love.
- Stethoscope. This in an investment. Think of it like your light saber. Thus, guard it with your life. No one wants to be like Anikan…
- An actual penlight that more closely resembles a light saber.
- A note pad of approximately this size with multicolored pens to jot down Jedi teachings.
- A mini-clock to make sure you stay on fleek.
- Safety glasses to shield and disguise yourself while searching for Siths…
- A small bag of nuts and chap stick because you’re worth it.
- Cheap ass water bottle because you’re going to lose it while climbing sand dunes in Tatooine.
What kind of footwear do I wear to survive those darling 12 hour shifts you ask?
- I worked with an LPN who recommended Alegria and I have to say they are way better then wearing runners and much easier to keep clean/presentable. I suggest calling up your local shoe stores and seeing if they carry them because usually they can modify the inserts for you.
- Compression socks. Sounds crazy. I know. But I swear by them after regrettably giving the stink eye when I first saw a nurse wearing them. I got these exact ones on Amazon and they are cheap but effective for long days.
- In terms of storing my supplies; I use a bigger fabric pencil case. I would wait to buy this until you have worked a few clinical shifts and can gauge everything your professor specifically will want you to bring.