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  1. Hello everyone, I am currently a design student working on designing new scrubs to help with your organizational needs.

    What I am wondering is...What are the top 5 items you must have with you at all times while at work.

    Ex. pen...highlighter...charts...stethoscope.

    My main focus is all floor nurses working in the hospital setting, but all feedback is appreciated!

    Thanks again,
    design_student
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  3. by   NurCrystal22
    Quote from design_student
    Hello everyone, I am currently a design student working on designing new scrubs to help with your organizational needs.

    What I am wondering is...What are the top 5 items you must have with you at all times while at work.

    Ex. pen...highlighter...charts...stethoscope.

    My main focus is all floor nurses working in the hospital setting, but all feedback is appreciated!

    Thanks again,
    design_student
    all i need is my pen, my stethoscope, and a note-pad and I'm good to go.

    ~Crystal
  4. by   Cute_CNA
    Hmm.

    ID badge w/lanyard. Pen. (I guess there's really only 2 things that are crucial; my pen is usually attached to my lanyard). I keep most other things in my locker, which is easily accessible.

    Many folks don't even wear scrubs where I work (psychiatric hospital).

    As long as I have reasonably deep pockets to keep miscellaneous stuff in, I'm happy.

    Edit: I forgot. Chapstick, portable Purell bottle, and keys (on a locked unit). So now I have 5 items! :P
    Last edit by Cute_CNA on Oct 14, '05
  5. by   Super_RN
    Common sense, stethoscope, pen, scissors, and good co-workers!!!
    :hatparty: Jaime
  6. by   Super_RN
    Quote from super_rn
    Common sense, stethoscope, pen, scissors, and good co-workers!!!
    :hatparty: Jaime
    Although I guess co-workers won't fit in a pocket!
  7. by   KatieBell
    I work ED. I carry with me: stethoscope/need ID badge because its a locked unit. a pen or two. I usually try to carry a hemostat clipped to my pants with a roll of tape attached, just saves time
  8. by   TypicalFish
    Quote from design_student
    Hello everyone, I am currently a design student working on designing new scrubs to help with your organizational needs.

    What I am wondering is...What are the top 5 items you must have with you at all times while at work.

    Ex. pen...highlighter...charts...stethoscope.

    My main focus is all floor nurses working in the hospital setting, but all feedback is appreciated!

    Thanks again,
    design_student
    Pen(s); Sharpie; stethoscope; scissors; alcohol swabs.

    Badge and Lojack are usually on my shirt.
  9. by   MrsMinor
    Stethoscope (with roll of tape)
    Highlighter & Pen
    Bandage scissors
    Lots of alcohol wipes
    Couple of sterile caps
    Patient assignment list folded with all pertinent info to help me keep things
    organized!
  10. by   txspadequeenRN
    Lets see...

    1) Pen

    2) Phone's- Im a staffing nurse

    3) Cigs/lighter- staffing gets to be too much at times...

    4) money- to go buy more cigs or diet dr pepper's to keep me going

    5) an angel- to encourage me to shut my mouth,when it when it wants to
    shoot off....
  11. by   holikow
    Sorry to burst the bubble of those who carry the ever-present roll of tape visable on stethoscope or hemostat attached to your uniform. This is now a JACHO violation. Soon they will also take away our scissors, stethoscope too, unless we can prove we've done the antibacterial wash on our items between pt.'s. AND WE KNOW WE DON"T use this wash on our stethoscope, because it's drying to the plastic tubing, and will eventually cracks will appear on it. I've actually had one of my fav's stethoscope tubing split wide open and not covered by manufacture due to what they called "abuse due to antibacterial and alcohol wipes". Think about this when you spend a good $90.00 plus for your cardiac steth's people.
  12. by   JBudd
    Put a velcro strap on the belt on scrub pants to hook a scope on.
    Put a tag over the left shirt pocket to hook badge onto.

    All I ever carry is pen & scissors.
  13. by   ClimbingNurse
    Some of this is unique to the ER:

    -Trauma shears (Biggish scissors for cutting off clothing)
    -Carpujet (Sorta syringe type thing for morphine and some other meds)
    -1 or 2 granola bars (lunch breaks are not a given and I'll pass out if I don't eat)
    -PDA
    -Some money (in case I do get a lunch break)
    -a few alcohol prep pads
    -ID badge clipped in a visible place
    -Pen
    -Small notepad
    -Sharpie
    -A pair of gloves or two (Sometimes you can't get at a glove box fast enough)
    -Stethoscope (around the neck)

    Jesus! That's a lotta stuff! I'd never really thought about it before now.

    My biggest pet peeve with scrubs:
    Name badge holders that are directly above the chest pocket. If I hang my badge there then it'll be in my way when I try to get at whatever is in that pocket.

    I also absolutely must have cargo pant scrubs cuz otherwise there's no way I could carry all that crap.
  14. by   ClimbingNurse
    Quote from holikow
    Sorry to burst the bubble of those who carry the ever-present roll of tape visable on stethoscope or hemostat attached to your uniform. This is now a JACHO violation.
    Damn near everything we do in the ED is a JCAHO violation. We just stop doing it for the 1 week that they are around every 2 years. We got evaled a week ago and passed with flying colors.

    The biggest change was locking up all the IV carts so that we all had to walk around with keys on our wrists. I can't figure that one out for the life of me. Do they honestly think that non-psych patients are going to open the sharps drawer, unwrap a needle, and then stab themselves with it? I don't get it...

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