Do you carry a clipboard - page 2

When you take report on your patients, and are making notes throughout the day, do you carry a clipboard? I'm thinking about trying it, but I have a feeling I'll let it lay and then when a doc calls,... Read More

  1. by   Nitengale326
    Cheat sheet here as well... lots of nurses do use a clip board but I prefer to travel lightly! I use black and red ink to highlight things for me and the docs and oncoming shift... to each his own. Do what makes YOU comfortable. Don't try to fit in with the others... if a clip board or notebook is not your style then don't waste your money...
  2. by   All_Smiles_RN
    I carried a clip board until my clinical instructor warned me that I could be bringing bacteria from one pt's room to the next. Plus on the few occasions that I've forgotten where I've placed it, I think I experienced something similar to a heart attack (well not seriously, but you get my point). Now I carry a notebook that fits in my pocket. I enjoy having my hands free. And also, not looking for somewhere in the pt's room to set it down... I'm sure you know space can be very limited... Whatever works well for you though, I think you should do.

    ...Jennifer...
  3. by   unknown99
    I gotta have my clipboard!!! It is my "brain"!!!!!
  4. by   nursypoo
    I carry my clipboard b/c it's like a tray when I deliver meds. There are also handy lab values and drug level info on the clipboard. I don't recommend the one with the calculator b/c i heard that it goes out quickly and it's more bulky. I attempted to go without the clipboard one day and it just wasn't the same.
  5. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from nursypoo
    I carry my clipboard b/c it's like a tray when I deliver meds. There are also handy lab values and drug level info on the clipboard. I don't recommend the one with the calculator b/c i heard that it goes out quickly and it's more bulky. I attempted to go without the clipboard one day and it just wasn't the same.
    I have left my "brain" at home a time or two and I also had trouble being organized without it. I guess whatever works best for the individual is the only right answer. I once worked with an agency nurse that had every single work sheet she ever wrote on (like 100's) all put together with a rubberband, she brought them to work with her and added to her little stash everyday. I think it is an OCD issue as well as a HIPPA violation. She said to me if anyone ever asks me about a prior patient I'll have the information. I told her that's what good documentation is for. She just looked at me with a blank stare. I still say it's a matter of OCD. I'd hate to see where she lives. She probably saves everything she's ever touched, really sad when you think about it.
  6. by   nursemat
    PDA best thing ever invented, I use mine so much i can't function with out it.

    There is patients charts that you can customize and alarms you can set to remind you that a patient needs meds to check labs the whole works

    Mat
  7. by   adidas99
    i use a clipboard as well.
    Last edit by adidas99 on Jan 28, '07
  8. by   sparkyRN
    I use a spiral notepad that fits in my pocket. The sheets go in the shredder at the end of my shift.
  9. by   JustJen
    For those if you who have cheat sheets, I would love to know what you put on them. How are they organized? I am a real "list person" and have made a jillion versions of cheat sheets for myself and I still don't think I have it 'right".

    So, whats on YOUR cheat sheet?

    Jen
  10. by   NurseCard
    Of course! I couldn't live without my clipboard! However, I also work nights and yes, I'm often leaving it lay somewhere, and then forgetting where I put it!

    If you work days and are often approached by docs, I'd recommend either a PDA, or just simply a folded up piece of paper (like my friend Barb uses ) to keep all of your info on.
  11. by   webblarsk
    No clipboard for me............I did try it but was always leaving it somewhere. So I just started keeping a little pocket notebook. Worked out good.
  12. by   misti_z
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    I carry a binder. 1" wide with a plastic cover. I call it "my brain". I put family photo's under the plastic cover. They're like $2.00 at Wally World. I have large clip on the front to keep my report notes and new orders on. Inside I have copies of protocols, doctors numbers, copies of blank forms I use. I am constantly being asked to look at my brain because they want to check a protocol or my med list (IV compatibles) or doctors numbers.
    Quote from me
    I carry a 3 ring binder with dividers. Behind each divider I put my PCAR that I take report and notes on, along with my MAR and Nurse's Notes behind that. I would not be able to function without it. My favorite part of it all is the plastic cover to my notebook where I keep pictures of my daughter
    It would be great to stick our notebooks side by side. On the inside of the front cover I've got dept #s, MD #s, etc. I have a pocket also (first thing when you open it up) that contains blank forms, protocols, care plan.
    Great minds what.....????
  13. by   Emendieta
    Quote from nursemat
    PDA best thing ever invented, I use mine so much i can't function with out it.

    There is patients charts that you can customize and alarms you can set to remind you that a patient needs meds to check labs the whole works

    Mat
    Do they have special programs for nurses??? could you please tell me the brand you use??

    Thanks..

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