5 things a new RN must have... - page 4

I'm trying to decide if there is anything I need to go out and buy before I start my first job as a RN... My list includes so far: good shoes (I will look at Dansko's) & support hose Is there... Read More

  1. Visit  FrumDoula} profile page
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    Quote from KEVIN88GT
    5) a lot of gauze and alcohol pads in your pockets (prevents you from running around to get them all the time)
    I consider alcohol pads to the duct tape of the nursing world!

    Alison
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  3. Visit  ramiraja} profile page
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    Quote from rjflyn
    In the ER I always keep my throw away pen. You know the one that goes in the trash after your grungy, greasy handed, bloody patient signs their
    discharge papers. I'll also second the minimalist idea. Sucks every time you bend over and all your stuff lands on the floor, worse when it lands in the pool of ...name your body fluid here. But since a list of 5 was asked for here it is

    1) Trauma shears
    2) Stethoscope
    3) Roll of tape
    4) Alcohol pads
    5) Bottle of NTG 0.4mg

    I also carry my PDA with its various references. But with more and more hospitals becoming wired its just as easy to look up meds via Micromedex online.

    RJ
    hi every body ,you are saying a good thing
  4. Visit  rjflyn} profile page
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    Let me restate that I keep a pen to toss so when I have to have a pt who is unusually dirty and grubby to discharge I can just toss the pen. Dont want to be tossing a good cross or other nice pen.

    Rj
  5. Visit  snowfreeze} profile page
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    A watch, a stethescope, a small notepad for now, black ink pens, red ink pens, yellow highlighter, really good shoes, comfortable bra, comfortable uniforms. Don't buy everything known to nursing, most you won't really need. Facilities will provide the tools to care for the patients if they are needed. A drug reference book is helpful for those, I can't sleep nights wondering............mind wandering............A good intern book for ICU is also a reference to help you with decision making. Not to make you a doc but to help you understand what the criteria are for the decisions that the docs make. Makes it easier to get the facts together before that phone call to the doc.
  6. Visit  rjflyn} profile page
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    Personally im gong to pass on the comfortable bra.


    rj

    :uhoh21:

    Quote from snowfreeze
    A watch, a stethescope, a small notepad for now, black ink pens, red ink pens, yellow highlighter, really good shoes, comfortable bra, comfortable uniforms. Don't buy everything known to nursing, most you won't really need. Facilities will provide the tools to care for the patients if they are needed. A drug reference book is helpful for those, I can't sleep nights wondering............mind wandering............A good intern book for ICU is also a reference to help you with decision making. Not to make you a doc but to help you understand what the criteria are for the decisions that the docs make. Makes it easier to get the facts together before that phone call to the doc.
  7. Visit  snowfreeze} profile page
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    LOL, forgot not everyone needs one.
  8. Visit  alanpe} profile page
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    Time is other important thing, time is important to avoid mistakes and charges on cares.
    Time to study, to ask other colleages, to read back the prescriptions.

    I find very usefull to arrive to hospital a half hour before.
  9. Visit  presC.} profile page
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    this is a good thread. i placed this in my "favorites" hope more tips to come. so helpful! thanks nurses..
  10. Visit  RNAnna} profile page
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    Quote from blondebritbrat
    My gosh I didn't realize nurses needed so much stuff... How do you nurses out there stuff all that stuff in your pockets? I'm about to start my preqs. and I got the list off of my schools website about what might be helpful and what to carry around when I get to my clinicals. The list was nothing like what you guys are listing lol...
    I know that Landau and Crest make tops with 4 pockets. I really like the Landau snap front top. And I always buy cargo pants. Make sure they have slash pockets as well as cargo pockets. Also, I'm not sure of any of the others of you, but I always have to check the inseem of the pants. I have longer legs and can't always find the longer inseems. There is a lot of stuff to carry around, so find something with a lot of pockets and always organize your pockets the same way. Alcohol and 2x2s in this pocket, tape, sissors and little flashlight in that pocket, brains in another......
  11. Visit  TypicalFish} profile page
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    Quote from Dixielee
    1. Thick skin

    2. Large, infinately expandable bladder

    3. Body that can be fueled by caffeine, chocolate bars, and cold pizza

    4. 4 ears to hear all that is being thrown at you.

    5. 6 hands, 4 legs and no desire for sleep to get it all done.
    Bwa-hahahaha-that is really very funny-I love it :chuckle
  12. Visit  Dorts} profile page
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    I enjoy reading and checking out threads here.. ..... hey there guys..... the posts are really useful... thanks a lot..

    I'm also a newly licensed Nurse.... I passed it last april but im still here in the Philippines and planning to go to California in Sept....

    Im kinda nervous,, i thi nk its normal to be.. anyways thanks for the advices!!!


    NUrses ROCKS!!!
  13. Visit  Havin' A Party!} profile page
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    Quote from Dixielee
    1. Thick skin
    2. Large, infinately expandable bladder
    3. Body that can be fueled by caffeine, chocolate bars, and cold pizza
    4. 4 ears to hear all that is being thrown at you.
    5. 6 hands, 4 legs and no desire for sleep to get it all done.
    Hahahahaha! Liked it!
  14. Visit  NurseStacey143} profile page
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    The most important thing is to smile at your patients ( even when you want to strangle them)
    Also time management is a must.
    Last.....breath mints


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