This nursing binder may save you a ton of time and energy in the future. I love organization and I keep all important information close so I always have what I need. A lot of my future posts will focus on time-management and organization techniques.
Let’s Get Started on the Binder
Upon my acceptance into the nursing program, I made a nursing binder to keep all of my important documents together. This is so amazing to have when you are going to the doctor for immunizations and titers. Before Nursing, I had a folder where I kept my school documents and decided I would use the binder instead for better organization and more room. I do not file the information because I am currently using in on an almost daily basis. Once school starts, it will go into my file cabinet.
Supplies I used:
1. 1” Binder
2. Tab Dividers with Pockets
3. Sheet Protectors – $1.00 Dollar General for 20
4. 3-hole Page Punch
5. Pencil Pouch
Sections of the Binder:
The very first thing in my binder is my Nursing Acceptance Letter. I put it in a sheet protector along with about 10 copies. I use the copies to send as proof for nursing related scholarships.
In the pencil pouch – I keep all receipts for school related expenses such as; school supplies, books, scrubs, ect. A friend of mine just graduated her program and has always stressed to me to keep my receipts to use as a tax write off.
- Financial Aid Package Letters
- Loan Letters
- Receipts for CPR Certification, STNA class (these are full sheet receipts so I don’t put them with the smaller ones)
Program curriculum Associates of Science Degree and Associates of Nursing Degree.
I highlight courses as I complete them. This really helps me see the progress I am making and keeps me motivated!!
Every piece of information sent from the nursing faculty goes in this section for reference.
- Postcard confirming my nursing program application.
- The slides from the nursing information session.
- First Year Nursing Student letter
- Copies of Signed Documents for School
- Book and Supply Lists
- Scrubs Order Forms
Scholarships / Honors
- Contact List – Phi Theta Kappa Students/Faculty
- Phi Theta Kappa Invitation Letter
- Phi Theta Kappa Information Letters
- Contact List – Student Ambassadors/Faculty
- Student Ambassador Scholarship Acceptance Letter
This is extremely important to hold on to. <<I am adding this italicized text on 8/12/2016, because I just had to pull out all of this information for my first nursing job.>>
In the Pocket on the Tabbed Divider – Loose prescription pad immunization information
- Required Diagnosis Screenings
- Immunization Records
- Copies of 1 Step and 2 Step TB injections and reads (Original and copies)
- Physical Sheets (with copies behind the originals)
- Class Calendar
- Class and Program information
- STNA course completion certificate
- State License
Be creative and have fun making your binder!