In anticipation for the start of my course, I have been looking at what i can do (buy) before I get snowed under with information and assignments. I have bought only a few books for some reading to get used to terminology (sphygmomanometer – was there any need to call it that when it can just be called a blood pressure measurer!?) and to just get a small head start. I don’t really know what I am reading though when it comes to the clinical stuff so just sticking with more generic social orientated stuff which is something I am familiar with anyway. “The Student Nurse Handbook” and the “Children and Young People’s Nursing Made Incredibly Easy” are the two I have been reading a lot of.
So onto things that I may need. Shoes and a fob watch apparently. The latter is easy, but the former is a whole different kettle of fish. They have to be very comfortable, very hard-wearing and easily cleanable (body fluids). I recently saw these advertised as being the best nursing shoe you can get….
Now I know nursing is not a fashion show – but these are not “aesthetically pleasing” and look really heavy! However, I know I will eat my words when I purchase a pair similar to these. I am thinking Doc Martens as they are very durable and comfortable in my experience. But you never know i could be rocking the Armadillo look. In fact with trousers, they might not be that bad…
Finally, I have been reading lots and lots of blogs and following twitter for advice and info on anything about nursing! I was honestly so happy to discover that there is such a strong community via social media for nurses and nurses to be. A good resource for people wanting to know more about current issues and talk to other nurses or students, you must follow @wenurses. They have weekly discussions and have been nothing but helpful!