Custom badge buddy/reference suggestions - page 2

by Murse901 7,021 Views | 16 Comments

I'm thinking about making a badge buddy/cheat sheet to clip onto my badge with some quick reference material. So far, I can only come up with the following: * Glasgow Coma Scale (I just can't get it memorized) * Normal... Read More


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    I have a customized badge buddy that contains necessary information that I use on a regular basis. I work in urgent care. I give lots of injections, most are IM, some deep IMs. I list the deep IM ones, because for some reason, I haven't memorized them all. I also do blood draws so I have info on common types of blood draws - appropriate color tube, tx.

    Also have a listing of necessary phone # - the lab, diagnostics, ER, ph/fax # of the various offices I work in, door codes. I'm not concerned about a non-employee type getting ahold of them cuz they wouldn't know what to do w/them if they did!

    I have it on a teeny spread sheet and can add/remove a piece of info when no longer necessary, or I have it inculcated in my brain! Badge buddies are helpful! The place I work actually supplies us with different ones.
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    Quote from grownuprosie
    I am surprised that you were allowed to have a list of codes on your badge. Never mind it getting stolen or left somewhere, what if it gets turned around and visitors and patients see the list? I do not see that ending well.
    I was careful to write it in such a way that if anyone had found it, they would be clueless as to which code opened which door.
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    I think this is a really good idea. I have a badge card that I write notes down on and keep the info with me. I like having it on my badge so I dont forget it. I tend to leave pocket guides in my locker. I have also been known to put a password or two down on these and code them in such a way that someone wouldnt know what it means. Great idea.
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    I did that a lot as a new nurse. I found myself looking on the cards a lot so then I started a game, I'd answer it myself, then check the card to be sure, and soon I didn't need pedi vs, celcius/fahrenheit conversions, etc anymore. Its a good way to learn. I'd still be lost w/o phone numbers though!
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    Yeh having the phone numbers is huge. I feel like there are some things that you just cant memorize. Phone numbers tend to be a moving target. Most of them stay the same but there is always a new one every few months. Or someone leaves and they give the new person a fresh phone number. As a new grad I remember multiple times thinking that I waste so much time asking people what an extension was or trying to find the right phone number. I really like the badge reference card idea.
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    The blaslow tape has all the info you need for peds, carry it in your pocket. Other things you can take the time to look up.
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    I would recommend a pocket designed book. Many nurses I know use the critical care or trauma pocket notes, if your fairly new to practice this info is quite helpful to have in print since your unable to use the technology of your phone. Check the ENA website out they may have some.

    I am disgusted with the fact that facilities still ban the use of our hand held technology at the bedside. Being courteous and explaining to the patient what you are doing I have found to be very positive and the patient is appreciative. We should not be expected to know everything especially in emergency nursing since there is such a variety. Sorry off my soap box now!


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