I never thought... - page 3

...that I would have to worry about someone stealing my stethoscope!!! I worked at another campus of my hospital (same unit, ICU) a couple of weeks ago and put my stethoscope on the counter where I... Read More

  1. by   babynurselsa
    Just about any jeweler can engrave for you. I had my Littman done at a jewlery store for just a few bucks.
  2. by   CHATSDALE
    i have had scissors, seths, la coats gone in a minute

    some of these may have been absent-mindedly put in a pocket, but a lab coat on the back of a chair???
  3. by   RITA2007
    We have a doctor at my hospital who NEVER brings a stethoscope (he wears a suit and I think he thinks he wouldn't be stylish). He always asks to borrow ours and it's quite annoying because I stand around for a few minutes to make sure I get it back and it holds up my time. But what am I gonna say.. "No?"

    Definitely clean the earpieces because I've heard stories of nurse winding up with MRSA in their ears!
  4. by   Indy
    I would definitely say "no." And I have. "No, I'm sorry, but this was double my car payment," and they don't ask twice. If the question is "ooh that's neat, can you show me what it does?" then I'm willing to give a demonstration, and they usually don't like it. No one likes to pick up something that's 18x louder than what you are used to and have your eardrums assaulted by the sound of footsteps at the other end of the hall, static from the patient's toes wiggling against the sheet, etc.

  5. by   pagandeva2000
    I have learned to keep things of value close to me. I even have a fanny pack to keep my money on me, and it is under my scrubs. I worked in a hospital for many years, and I have seen people get their wallets, cell phones and even PDAs stolen. The head of security told us to get either those ID holders to contain our IDs, money and credit cards, and to keep things like stethoscopes and such in a discretely hidden fanny pack. It saved my life, and reduced fights. And, as sorry as I feel for the physicians at times, I don't loan my stethoscopes to them. They are the worst theives...I heard that one of them even stole one of our endoscopes for their private practice, and I worked with a podiatrist who stole instruments on a regular basis. Once I saw the price of most of the instruments and other things, and compared to what interns get paid, I began to get the picture. Hope you can recover it.
  6. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    ... And, as sorry as I feel for the physicians at times, I don't loan my stethoscopes to them. They are the worst theives...I heard that one of them even stole one of our endoscopes for their private practice, and I worked with a podiatrist who stole instruments on a regular basis. Once I saw the price of most of the instruments and other things, and compared to what interns get paid, I began to get the picture. Hope you can recover it.
    hold up... HE STOLE an endoscope???
  7. by   Melody1968
    Give it a little while longer, as soon as you buy one, it will show up.
  8. by   Melody1968
    I would hope everyone would at least clean it before using. That is just gross. YUCK!!!
  9. by   Melody1968
    Quote from MyBSNin06
    I am a fresh new grad, as of yesterday. After reading this thread I am thankful that I don't need to bring my own steth to work on the unit I am going to work on. Each patient has their own Littman Steth at the bedside, they get sterilized when the patients get discharged. I usually clean it with alcohol when I do the first assessment because who knows when the last time it was cleaned.
    I would hope everyone would clean it. That is just gross!
  10. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from sunnyjohn
    hold up... HE STOLE an endoscope???
    Yes, you read it properly. You'd be surprized what the physicians steal in this joint...clippers, retracters, suction machines...you name it
  11. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    Yes, you read it properly. You'd be surprized what the physicians steal in this joint...clippers, retracters, suction machines...you name it
    I've had to buy surgical equipment for a school and hospital. That stuff is EXPENSIVE!!!

    I would have showed up at his office with a cart and the 'po-po's and got my equipment back!!! :trout:

    Please tell me he is at least using the stuff in his free clinic or to help out poor kids with no health care?
  12. by   TachyBrady
    Quote from Jamesdotter
    It's not just stethoscopes, either. One day a resident handed me a pair of scissors to cut some tape. I cut it and out them in my pocket. "Hey, where's my scissors?" sez he. And I said "They're mine. See, they have my name on them." He sort of slunk out of the room.
    Those doctors can be pretty sneaky too. One day I was informing the doctor that the patient's testicles were enlarged. As he examined the patient, he asked for my stethescope to listen for bowel sounds (down there). A quick glance to his neck and stethescope told me what he was up to. When I asked what was wrong with HIS stethescope, he said all meek and humbley... "oh, I forgot I had it with me". (yeah right, bugger up MY stethescope instead of your own!). He slunk out afterward too.
  13. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from TachyBrady
    Those doctors can be pretty sneaky too. One day I was informing the doctor that the patient's testicles were enlarged. As he examined the patient, he asked for my stethescope to listen for bowel sounds (down there). A quick glance to his neck and stethescope told me what he was up to. When I asked what was wrong with HIS stethescope, he said all meek and humbley... "oh, I forgot I had it with me". (yeah right, bugger up MY stethescope instead of your own!). He slunk out afterward too.

    OMG!

    I know I shouldn't laugh, but that is too dagum funny! You sure peeped his card and he knew it!!


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