Crap! Am I a crusty old bat nurse?? Carrying pens... - page 3

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   Farawyn
    Quote from CelticGoddess
    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!
    I forgot that sometimes a pen is just a pen.
  2. by   RNperdiem
    I love pens. My husband even has a pen collection. When we did paper charting, I used to try to find a pen with a very fine point and non-smearing black ink. Now that computer charting has taken over, I can write my notes on my brain sheet in any color. These days it is baby blue and hot pink.
    I don't think I could make it through the shift without a pen.
  3. by   MellyDoodlez
    Any nurse must ALWAYS carry a pen! And it also wouldn't hurt to have a penis nearby as well....

    Seriously though, I was once told that a pen is part of our uniform as a nurse.
  4. by   vanilla bean
    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 have a two color system - black for overall report and whatever color pen has come out of the Pilot multicolor Costco pack for striking off completed tasks and adding new info from my shift. Now I'm experiencing some feelings of inadequacy and system envy.
  5. by   vanilla bean
    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.
    My Costco has/had jumbo multi packs of the Pilot G-2 .7 but I just moved. Have I been living in pen Nirvana and didn't even know it? Don't they *all* have them?!
  6. by   xoemmylouox
    I have a black pen for all new orders/orders that I have to be aware of for my shift, purple is for what I get in report, a dry erase marker to update the boards in the patient rooms, and of course at least one fine point sharpie for everything else.
  7. by   OldDude
    Quote from Farawyn
    I forgot that sometimes a pen is just a pen.
    Pen envy is real.
  8. by   BSNbeauty
    This is my pet peeve!
  9. by   SpidersWeb
    I don't really need pens because we use EMRs.

    Sometimes I'll write a to do list or vitals on a Post-It note or sign narcotics but other than that everything is electronic.
  10. by   klone
    Quote from SpidersWeb
    I don't really need pens because we use EMRs.
    Full circle, back to my OP!

    All the other nurses in this thread beg to differ!
  11. by   cardiacfreak
    My name is cardiacfreak, and I am a pen thief.

    When I worked acute care I would pick up a pen to write with (I would have pens in my scrub pocket) and then that pen would inadvertently be deposited into my pocket too. If a nurse couldn't find his/her pen they would come to me and make me empty my pockets. I wouldn't even remember putting the pen into my pocket.
  12. by   Caprica6
    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
    OMG...I do the EXACT same thing...are we soul mates?
  13. by   berdawn
    Gen X here--and another Pilot .5 fan! I'll USE the .7 (if you leave it on the cart)

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