What's In Your Pocket? - page 9

wanting to hear from you first year nurses about what you carry in your pockets and why, what could you not live without. I know I need a good watch, stethescope, hemastats, ............what else?... Read More

  1. by   Nurseismade RN
    does anyone know of or carry a good pocket clinical skills book?
  2. by   Duflinkka
    RN notes - I have it on my PDA. I also have 5 minute Clinical Consultant, my drug guide, and lots of others. But RN notes is really nice.
  3. by   JT RN
    Shirt Pocket - black pen, red pen, hanging name badge
    Left Cargo Pocket - paperwork
    Right Cargo Pocket - scissors, 2x NS flush, cardholder with ID & certs
    Mini Pocket - tons of alcohol wipes
    also have a watch, drug book, critical care reference book
  4. by   Nurseismade RN
    Quote from JT RN
    Shirt Pocket - black pen, red pen, hanging name badge
    Left Cargo Pocket - paperwork
    Right Cargo Pocket - scissors, 2x NS flush, cardholder with ID & certs
    Mini Pocket - tons of alcohol wipes
    also have a watch, drug book, critical care reference book
    which critical care reference book do you use?
  5. by   JT RN
    Quote from Nurseismade RN
    which critical care reference book do you use?
    Thelan's Critical Care Nursing, 5th edition. Searched thru Amazon and didn't find too many "general" CC textbooks, mostly specialty areas and workbooks.
  6. by   blueberrybon
    Various things end up in my pockets throughout the day, but what I always start with is:

    Shot blocker
    head circumference tape
    chapstick
    extra panti liner (well you asked)
    pen
    BP guidelines for each age group
    and yes, alcohol wipes
  7. by   OncologyRN07
    My scrub top right pocket: Pens (red, blue and black) highlighters, scissors, pen light
    Scrub left pocket: Cardex, alcohol swabs, 4X4.

    Left pant: 6 saline flushes.
    Right pant: money for drinks

    Hemostat with a roll of tape clamped to my top, ID badge clippled to my top, stethoscope around my neck and watch on my left wrist.
  8. by   GrnHonu99
    pens..My badge is on one of those badge holders and i have sharpies attached to it...ummm..sometimes my cardene scissors...tape occasionally...random things like iv caps or a bio patch....drugs occasionally.......money....lol
  9. by   not now
    Three pens, one black, one red/green/purple (depends what I pull out that day) and one sharpie.

    Tape

    My "brain." I just make a copy of the rand card and write all over it.

    Alcohol swabs in one pant pocket.

    Alligators (I don't know the actual word for it) in the other pant pocket.

    That dang phone they make me carry around.

    I'm a minimalist at heart.
  10. by   DaisyRN, ACNP
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    hemostats are also very helpful when starting ntg gtts! those bottle tops are a doozie!!!!! will cut you all up if you aren't careful...





    Quote from all4schwa
    what do nurses carry hemostats for?
  11. by   DaisyRN, ACNP
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    what's funny to me is how many of us carry chapstick around... and with regard for this, i just wanted to share that the best chapstick in the world (i am a lifelong chapstick conossieur ) is the aveeno lip moisture chapstick with spf 15 (it's the tube with the green on it... not the blue). it is not sticky and lasts a long time. i love it. i'm an addict. wal-mart usually does not have it, but walgreens and krogers have it, i know.

    guess i should share my pockets... but i'm an acnp student, so its a bit different for me. i carry lots of reference material. i prefer the one pocket scrub top and unisex drawstring pant with the one back pocket. i know, not a whole lot of storage space... but its what i like. since becoming an acnp student, i have to wear a white lab coat... with big pockets.

    lab coat collar:
    right: go red for women red dress pin
    left: engraved name badge

    lab coat breast pocket:
    id badge clipped
    half of dentyne ice peppermint gum (you can tear the foil in half and it lays flat).

    lab coat left pocket:
    pda (with my cards/moolah)
    critical care medicine 2007

    lab coat right pocket:
    other references:
    tarascon (because it crashed on my pda)
    ferri's practical guide to the care of medical patients
    medicine (book)
    trauma shears
    extra pen(s)

    scrub top left breast pocket:
    my fav pen
    one sharpie

    scrub pant back pocket:
    pocket calendar

    watch on left wrist
    stethoscope with tape between ear pieces and light attached to bell/diaphragm end around my neck - ear pieces to the right.

    Last edit by DaisyRN, ACNP on Aug 30, '07
  12. by   LauraMT
    so a million people already answered but I like lists and have insomnia so I will add mine.

    In Nerdy Apron Thingie: Highlighter, sharpie, red pen and 3-4 black or blue pens, alcohol wipes, 2x2s, calipers, scissors, hemostat, tape, carpuject dealie, penlight.

    In my pockets: More pens, more alcohol wipes, flushes, phone, random garbage like empty dilaudid vials and the tops off meds. Don't know why.

    Of course I also pack the required stethoscope, watch and badge on retractable holder.
  13. by   NoviceToExpert
    Quote from AmyD_RN
    wanting to hear from you first year nurses about what you carry in your pockets and why, what could you not live without. I know I need a good watch, stethescope, hemastats, ............what else?

    I carry much the same as everyone else does, but I'll add an extra tegaderm, two kinds of tape, a couple of 20 gauge syringes and a petroleum gauze in the event a chest tube gets ripped out accidentally (which I've never seen, thanks goodness... but I know if I stop carrying it, it will surely happen to me). I also carry a blue plastic IVPB extender for the primary drip if I need to hang a piggy and don't have one handy or use something other than the packaged IVPB set. I have found this item handy to cleanly break scored pills when there are no pill cutters to be found as the curved edge section when straightened out makes a nice edge for this purpose... just cover your pill so it doesn't shoot across the room. I also carry a mini ACLS guide/flow chart, a happy to sad face pain scale, calculation formulas, my Dubin cheat-cheats from page 333 to 346 of the 6th ed., and some blank index cards. These come in handy for a million things including marking P-Ps or R-Rs on EKG strips to determine variance... I put little chit marks on the edge of the card as a measure of each interval/cardiac cycle and then can see the longest and shortest. This way I can easily just measure the variance quickly with my calipers. They also come in handy for jotting down any values or info I want to hand to another nurse (say I did a POC for someone) or I am watching their patient if they are on break... I can jot down the high and low vitals for them or any issues that cropped up when they were off the unit. Most importantly if someone is running to the deli I can jot down my sandwich order! I keep a strip of wide silk tape on my scrub leg to write down things to remember... example... a clamped NG/OG for 30 min for PO meds so I don't forget to unclamp it... or write down STAT values... say BP/HR pre/post SL nitro, or to record IVs thrown up during a code including the time line, or STAT verbal orders so I can read back and verify before getting to the station, or O2 setting changes and sats. I also have on my brain sheets the patient sticker for each of my assignments so I have Med Rec # handy for pharmacy, blood bank or lab, and a business card of my manager so I can put it in the hands of any patient that has a concern as per our scripting policy. I keep also with my brain sheet a schedule I baked up with columns and rows by the half hour... this way when I start my assignment I can put in times meds are due, when labs are drawn and resulted, each time I ambulated the pt, when the physicians rounded, also consults, events, and anything else pertinent. This keeps me on schedule and also provides a great timeline from which I can easily and accurately recreate my day in my narrative if I haven't had time to get to it and keep it as current as I would otherwise have liked. I also have a small vibrating alarm that looks like a pager that I can set. It alerts me to each hour at which time I make sure my postops are pulling on their IS and ensures that other q1h issues, POCs, etc. are timely and complete. I keep extra socks, scrubs and clogs in my locker in case things get messy and a can of soup and some instant oatmeal in case I have to eat on the run. I keep a reflex hammer in my locker as well since I don't use it that much. I'm considering carrying eye protection because I've recently been around a couple of splashes during procedures at the bedside. That about sums it up for me. Maybe I need a backpack so I can also carry a 1000 mL bag each of both NSS and LR! Hahahahaha!

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