10 things you can ditch after nursing school
Cue “Pomp and Circumstance”—school’s out! Hopefully, you have some good memories to take with you from your time in the nursing education system. But you’ll probably be glad to say a permanent goodbye to at least a few of the items on this list.
When we asked our readers about the top item they would be glad to get rid of after nursing school, the uniform was the winner, hands down. White uniforms, blue uniforms, pastel uniforms, stupid pinafores, idiotic hats, clunky white shoes—whatever students were forced to wear in school, they wanted no part of it after graduation. Quite a few confess that they participated in cathartic uniform-burning ceremonies to bid farewell to their nursing school days. Now, it’s time to go shopping for trendy new scrubs featuring bright colors and eye-catching prints (if your new employer’s dress code permits).
2. Care Plans
Yes, as an RN you’ll likely still use these on a daily basis. But there is a HUGE difference between using a care plan created by someone else (or modifying a computerized template a little to suit a patient) and the laborious task of crafting dozens and dozens of these from scratch. This was by far the most hated homework assignment in nursing school.
Once student nurses graduate, they start shedding their books like a tree drops leaves in the fall. They want to lighten their load of bulky textbooks, pocket reference books, study materials and everything having to do with cramming for tests. A few of these books may still come in handy if you go back for some higher nursing education, but most are ready for retirement.
4. Tote Bag
Along with saying adios to the books, student nurses get rid of their worn-out book bag. No longer will it hang from your shoulder, causing you to stoop like Quasimodo. It’s time to pick up a trendy new bag to take to work—perhaps one that has your name and freshly earned title of RN or LVN on it!
5. Med Cards
This is the second most hated assignment nurses say they don’t miss. It’s like drilling with flashcards, only you have to make each one yourself. Some schools even make you write them out by hand—no computer templates for you!