10 Things All Nurse Practitioner Students Should Have


As a nurse practitioner student, you need quick access to quality, concise, information to make the best clinical decisions every day in your clinical rotations.

Surprisingly, as a clinical NP instructor, when I arrive on the scene, I often find students buried in piles of books without the best diagnostic tools to help them find answers ASAP (picture deer in headlights when asked pertinent questions).

In all fairness, as an NP student without much clinical experience, how would you know what you absolutely should have to help you in clinical practice?

As a follow-up to my previous blog, 10 Books Every Nurse Practitioner Should Have, here are 10 things all Nurse Practitioner Students Should Have for success.

No more panic attacks when your clinical instructor arrives.

1. Smartphone– I’m sure most of you know this by now but I can’t stress it enough. Whether is the Apple iPhone, Motorola Android, or Blackberry, smartphones just may be the most valuable tool a nurse practitioner student can have. They are light, portable, and can free you from all those printed books!

2. E-Reader or iPad – Another reason to replace those printed textbooks. Download them for a fraction of the cost, from an e-reader store instead!

3. Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope  or Littmann Master Classic II Stethoscope depending on your budget. Littman is the leader in stethoscope sound quality and durability.

4. Dr. Mom Professional LED Fiberoptic Otoscope My favorite otoscope! Uses Full Spectrum white LED Light Similar to Sunshine, allowing you to see more clearly.  Pus, the LED bulb is virtually indestructible and is warranted for life to never go out.

5. White, Pressed Lab Coat– You are representing nurse practitioners, always look professional. When you graduate, have your name, NP embroidered on it.

6. Omron’s Aneroid Sphygmomanometer – Whether you’re working in the office or out in the field, always be prepared to take a manual blood pressure by carrying your own sphygmomanometer.

7.  Student NP Association Membership – Join a local and/or national NP group or association such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). It is their mission to promote excellence in NP practice, education and research.

8. Monthly Subscription to The Nurse Practitioner – Written by and for NPs. Stay up to date and earn CEUs with the American Journal of Primary Healthcare.

9. Medical Tote Bag – To help you carry all those books and papers. Check out different styles at Hopkins Medical Products.

10. Malpractice Insurance – Although reported NP malpractice is extremely low, you may still want to consider malpractice insurance to protect you and your family in the event of a lawsuit.

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