Chapter 8: The Skeletal System

Here we go again – more BONES! Agh! It’s like pulling teeth getting through these chapters, for me at least. However, it is so important to know all this information, not just to get through A&P, but also because this information is valuable when it comes to health assessment, pathophysiology, etc. So when learning your AP, make sure you really know and understand what’s going on, because once you get into nursing school they will expect you to already know this stuff.  Here’s my notes on the skeletal system: chapter-8-notes


Chapter 7: Bones

Whoo-hoo, who likes bones?  NOT ME! Bahahahaha!  As much as I appreciate bones and what they do for our bodies, bones and joints are the two subjects that make me want to bang my head against the wall.  Why? I have no clue, they just don’t interest me at all. Needless to say, I will not be an ortho nurse at any time.  Here’s what I have as far as notes go for bones: chapter-7-notes

Chapter 6: Integumentary System

Hello friendly people of the internet!  Today I’m adding my notes from Chapter 6, which is all about the hair, skin, sweat glands, and nails. Fun stuff!  My favorite part of this chapter is learning about burns – specifically the Rule of Nines. Ever wondered how to determine what degree a burn is? Or what body percentage it covers? Well look no further – that information is right here in my handy dandy notes –> Chapter 6 Notes

Everyone have a lovely day!!

20 Things You’ll Need for Nursing School

What will I need for nursing school?!?

Keep in mind that nursing programs are different depending on the school, location, and type of degree, but this is a basic list of the things that I needed to either purchase or complete before my program begins.

  1. Background check: the school will provide all the information for this, but you will be responsible for a background check fee. There will be paperwork that you need to sign and submit as well. My background fee was $105, which included the background check, urine test, and account membership for Verified Credentials, which is where we upload all of our documents.
  2. Urinalysis: once I created an account with Verified Credentials, I was able to submit a request for a urinalysis. They emailed me a paper that I had to take with me, along with a list of locations near me. For those of you that have kids, I have to tell you this!  So my husband was working and I was in a hurry to get my urine test and background check completed just because I’m anal like that. Soooo, I took my kids with me.  I had to drive over an hour to an approved testing site, but that’s only because I live in rural-middle-of-nowhere-land.  Anyway, I got there, tell my babies to sit down and be quiet (they are 6 and 10) in the waiting room, and proceed to the back to grab my cup and make my “deposit”. Suddenly the nurses say, “Oh, we can’t test you today because you have your kids with you and someone over the age of 18 MUST be available to sit with them in the waiting room, and they are NOT allowed to go into the restroom with you.” What the what??? Yeah, long story short it was very frustrating and I’m forewarning other parents so no one makes the same mistake I did.
  3. Register with FCSR: I had to register with FCSR, which stands for Family Care Safety Registry. There was a $13 fee for this. Your school may not require this.
  4. Health Insurance Proof: in my program we are required to have health insurance, so I had to copy the front and back of my insurance card and upload it to Verified Credentials.
  5. CPR Certification: my program requires the American Heart Association BLS for the Health Care Provider certification. I did this at my school, it took about 4 hours, and it cost me $50.
  6. Physical: my school provided me with a form that I had to take to my doctor for him to sign off on, stating that I was healthy and able to perform all physical duties. The cost of this was just the copay I had to pay for the office visit.
  7. Health History Form: this is a form provided by my school that I personally filled out, that just goes over any health issues I may have and a brief family history. Just basic stuff like do you smoke, drink, history of illness, major surgeries, etc.
  8. Two-Step PPD: this is required before you begin nursing school, and it will be required every year while you are in school and while you are working in a healthcare setting. It’s a test to check for tuberculosis. It’s a simple skin test, but there are 4 parts to it.  The first part is an injection under the skin on your forearm; 2-3 days later you go back and have it checked for a positive or negative reaction. Then 1-3 weeks later you go back for a second injection, then come back 2-3 days later and have it checked. It’s easy, you just have to go to your doctor, the health department, or wherever four different times.  At my school they offered it to us free of charge, which was really nice.  I just went to the school nurse and she did it for me – fast and painless.
  9. Immunization Record: this one is a big deal, because these immunizations can take time and if you wait too long, you may miss your deadline. You have to either have positive titers or proof of new shots for the following:

Two MMR’s – measles, mumps, and rubella. If you have titers drawn and come up not immune to any of these (rubeola included) you will need to get two 7+ MMR shots.  These have to be spaced out 3-4 weeks apart from each other. My doctor’s office didn’t have them, and the health department wouldn’t give them to me since I had health insurance, so I went to the Healthcare Clinic at Walgreen’s.  I’m not sure what the cost is with insurance because I haven’t received my bill yet, but without insurance I believe it was $99 per shot.

Polio – you have to either show a positive titer, or receive the polio series vaccinations. Luckily I had a positive titer.

T-dap – you have to either show a positive titer, or receive the T-dap shot. I had to get one and my doctor’s office was able to do this for me and bill it to my insurance company. The T-dap vaccine is good for 10 years. (T-dap stands for Tetanus, Diptheria, & Acellular Pertussis.)

Varicella (aka, chickenpox) – you have to either have a positive titer, or two immunizations for this one. I had chicken pox as a kid, so I just had a titer drawn and it was positive.  If you have to get the varicella shots, be careful with your timing because they can throw off your PDD results.  This is why the shots can take a while, because you have to wait between shots and some shots interfere with others.  Give yourself plenty of time to work on your immunizations!!

Hep B – this is the longest series of shots. Its 3 different shots, spaced out over a period of about 6 months. Since we only have a few months between finding out we made the cut into the nursing program, and the start of the program, we had to sign a form saying we were working on this one and will upload the shot records as soon as they are complete.

  1. Flu Shot – all nursing students have to show proof of the yearly flu shot.
  2. Scrubs – scrubs are required for all of our clinicals and anytime we are in the lab at school. My program requires a specific color and the tops have to have our school logo on them. They cost about $40-$50 per set.  I started off with one set, and when I get a little more $$ I’ll buy a second set.  There’s no need to run out and buy 3 or 4 sets right off the bat, unless you just really like to blow money.
  3. Shoes – we are required to wear all white shoes during labs and clinicals. Our teachers recommend that we buy a pair that are dedicated solely to nursing; not ones that we wear every day. You can get whatever you want as far as shoes go, as long as they’re all white.  Some people bought $13 sneakers from Wal-Mart, while others splurged and bought the really expensive Danskos.  I bought these based on the recommendation of The Nerdy Nurse.  Check her out, she’s pretty awesome!
  4. Labcoat – for us this is not a requirement, just a suggestion. Our school bookstore sells them for about $30, but ours have to have the school logo embroidered on them.
  5. Stethoscope – this is a pretty important supply, and they can range in price from pretty cheap to crazy expensive. I bought a Littman Classic III, and I really love it. I had mine engraved with my name so no one would steal it too, ha ha ha! There are many places you can get stethoscopes – just check them out on Google or Amazon.  I bought mine from the Student Medical Shop.  Of course, the Nerdy Nurse also blogs about stethoscopes – check it out here.
  6. Watch – you will need a watch with a second hand. These are like the shoes – your choice. You can get a cheap $5 one or splurge for a really nice one, whatever you want. I chose this one.
  7. Scissors – you will need scissors. Our school bookstore sells them, or you can get them from the Student Medical Shop or Amazon. They cost about $5.
  8. Penlight – yep, you’ll need one of these, too. I bought mine from my school bookstore, but again you can find them at the Student Medical Shop or Amazon. These cost about $5 for an average one, but of course there are others that can cost more.  I like the ones with the pupil gauge printed on them.
  9. Bag – you’ll need a bag or backpack to carry all your stuff. My school provides us with a duffle bag, which is nice, but if you want to get creative there are SO many cute bags out there. Here’s a few that I found that I liked:

I Will Stab You humorous bag, Etsy, $15.99

Pink Zebra Nurse tote bag, Amazon, $8.99

ADC Nylon Medical Bag, Amazon, $27.40

Deluxe Nylon Bag, Amazon, $40

Organizing Utility Tote, Thirty-One, $35

  1. Calendar/Planner – the best way to survive nursing school is to stay organized and to prioritize. You’ll definitely want a planner/calendar. I had a lot of trouble finding one that I liked, so I made my own.  I will share mine in a later post.

There may be other forms, tests, or supplies that your school requires, so make sure to get all your ducks in a row before classes start.  Stay organized with this stuff – I actually have a binder that I keep all of these documents in.  It says Nursing Requirements “Do it with passion or not at all.”

Nursing binder bright

  1. Clipboard – not a requirement, but will definitely be useful during clinicals. I found this one from NRSNG. It’s a little pricey but REALLY cool!!

Usually there are deadlines for when all the requirements are due.  I had some stuff due by April 30th, but the majority was due by June 30th, and the program starts in August.  Just pay close attention to deadlines and details, and make sure you have some extra money set aside because the costs do add up and you don’t want to be caught off guard.  I spent almost $400 between the fees I had to pay and the supplies I had to buy, just to get started.  Keep that in mind, and GOOD LUCK!!


Like any college student, I’m broke and always looking for ways to save money and pay for tuition, supplies, books, etc.  Sooooo, I have compiled a list of 30 scholarships for 2016.  Now I’m not the typical college kid – I’m considered an adult/non-traditional student and I work full-time. Some of these scholarships are geared towards that type of student, but even if you’re a regular college kid feel free to browse through this list.  There’s something for everyone! Check it out here –> Scholarships

A&P: General Orientation Notes

So here is the first part of my A&P notes, which covers general orientation of human anatomy – body sections, planes, directions, blah, blah, blah. Please note that these are my personal notes that I used to study, and some text may be word-for-word but I did not take the time to quote anything. Also, all pictures were taken from Google, so I can’t take credit for any of the images. Click on the link to view my notes –> Anatomy Orientation Notes