Crap! Am I a crusty old bat nurse?? Carrying pens... - page 2

So I've noticed an interesting phenomenon lately. Our unit regularly gets students of various kinds - nursing, EMT, APN, etc. The nursing and EMT students sit in on report. Because they come to the... Read More

  1. by   AceOfHearts<3
    Quote from klone
    You're my PEN TWIN!! The Pilot G-2 .7 is my FAVORITE!! 0.5 is too thin, and 1.0 is too thick. I make them order me a box special.
    I love the Pilot G-2, but I use the 0.5. I need a fine point for the tiny boxes that I have to write in for our procedural flowsheets sometimes. I used to keep the .5s just for that, but now I just use them for everything since it's easier. I'm a millennial (on the older end of the range) and I always have at least 1-2 pens in my pocket and a sharpie or two on me at all times.
  2. by   Emergent
    My goal for a shift is to start out with 2 pens and end up with at least 3.

    Unattended pen at nurses station=mine.
  3. by   Dean Uguan
    Quote from klone
    You're my PEN TWIN!! The Pilot G-2 .7 is my FAVORITE!! 0.5 is too thin, and 1.0 is too thick. I make them order me a box special.
    Triplets! I buy them in Amazon bulk.
  4. by   meanmaryjean
    OK all you pen infidels- EVERYONE knows you need a four color Bic finepoint or you are not a good nurse.

    As if.....

    Red- meds
    Green= labs/ treatments
    Black= overall report
    Blue= cross off completed items
    #yourewelcome
  5. by   ruby_jane
    Quote from Coffee Nurse
    It's not a millennial thing. I'm a millennial. I always have a pen on me, at work or otherwise. I'm pretty sure this is a learned nurse behavior, not an age thing.
    Thank you, Coffee Nurse!! Maybe you are just better educated than my 18-yo. Mom has a pen on her All. The. Time. Perhaps that's why she never has a pen?
  6. by   Pepper The Cat
    I always have at least 4 - 6 pens on my person at all times.
    I make notes on my report sheets, write notes for docs about things I need. To date nitro/fentanyl patches.
    Can't survive without them!
  7. by   ruby_jane
    Quote from AceOfHearts<3
    I'm a millennial (on the older end of the range) and I always have at least 1-2 pens in my pocket and a sharpie or two on me at all times.
    I now regret my comment! Cheers to the pen-carrying millenials!! Maybe my kid is the exception....
  8. by   Farawyn
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    OK all you pen infidels- EVERYONE knows you need a four color Bic finepoint or you are not a good nurse.

    As if.....

    Red- meds
    Green= labs/ treatments
    Black= overall report
    Blue= cross off completed items
    #yourewelcome
    *curtsies to the Queen*

    What color are the penises?
    *grabs a pen from your pocket to take notes*
  9. by   JKL33
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    OK all you pen infidels- EVERYONE knows you need a four color Bic finepoint or you are not a good nurse.

    As if.....

    Red- meds
    Green= labs/ treatments
    Black= overall report
    Blue= cross off completed items
    #yourewelcome
    I'll never forget being on orientation and my first time giving shift report - - to a truly fantastic RN with a 4-color clicker pen. It was a frightening experience, and yet...I felt pretty proud of myself because the information I conveyed garnered lots of VICs (Very Important Clicks)!

    Guess who showed up with her own clicker pen the next day.

    P.S. This wasn't exactly eons ago...
  10. by   Meriwhen
    UniBall Signo Gel Pen, 0.38, in both black and red. I order the black by the crate (I only order the red a box at a time) from Amazon and have at least two dozen in my locker and squirreled about in various hiding spots.

    Everything is on computer nowadays, and yet I still burn through a pen every 1-2 weeks.
  11. by   sevensonnets
    Before washing hands 478 times a day became a thing, I used the palm of my hand and sometimes the back of my hand like a memo board. Can't do that anymore. A lot of vital info goes down the drain that way. The sacred parchment is the way to go. And I have been known to do a pen shakedown when any of mine go missing. Miss with my pen and I'll hurt you.
  12. by   wondern
    That is a great organization idea meanmaryjean. I love the idea of the colors it's just all that clicking on the tiny little buttons and the big pen. That blue and white pen is rather large. Whew, I do admire y'alls' perseverance; that'd be a bit much for me to deal with all day long.
    My paper brain had different squares for different stuff, meds, labs, tests, NPO status, etc.
    I always liked the nice free pens from drug reps the very best. When they sprout legs and walk off it's not quite as sad/bad.
    Last edit by wondern on Apr 25
  13. by   CelticGoddess
    Quote from Farawyn
    I always have a penis nearby.
    I was sort of hoping this was some sort of an inside joke and you would explain it to us later! You made my day though!

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