How To Save On Your Nursing Schooling

Going to college will always incur expenses. Nursing, like most health-related degrees, have some of the biggest expenses in fact. With textbooks heavier than your baby brother and medical supplies costing like you are the one that is sick, soon enough, you might be the one cared for by your classmates. But there are always ways to cut costs. Here are a few things that can go a long way in your nursing life.

Books

Health-related books are the most expensive out there. Though they pack the medical information of the world, they can literally make a bang on your buck. Do not buy from your school’s bookstore, as you may be paying for the retail price or bigger. Look for a friend perhaps in his sophomore or junior year who can lend you his book or sell it at a lower price. On the other hand, perhaps you can try looking for your books online. There are many websites selling second hand books that are still in great shape such as Amazon.com, eBay.com and Half.com.

Try to resist the urge to buy multiple review books when you are about to take the NCLEX-RN. As we all know it is hard to cram all that information in your head. These review books were designed to refresh your memory, not fill you up with new information. These review books are there to prepare you, perhaps with test-taking strategies, mnemonics, and important things to remember.

Uniforms

The same strategy for books holds true for uniforms. Look for uniforms online where you can get large discounts, 50% and higher. Most schools, after all, prescribe a generic scrub suit of a particular color. These are easily bought online. And even after graduation, you can still use this tactic for your company’s uniform. Do not buy used though, that is just unsanitary.

Medical Supplies

With regards to supplies though, try looking for kits. Several kits out there sell everything you need at a fraction of the cost. Alternatively, if you can piece together everything you need at a still lower cost, the better! Do not go for pricey pieces of equipment. As long as it works, it should be good enough. Usually, as a nurse, you would need a stethoscope, a sphygmomanometer, a pair of bandage scissors, and a penlight.

Lunch and Gas

Carpool and paper bags, enough said. Save on gas and save the earth by hitching a ride with a friend. Moreover, stop eating out, all of that junk goes to your thighs and belly. Make your own healthy lunch, wrap in a paper bag, and you should be good to go.

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