How to Keep your Scope???

  1. It really hurts to lose your scope. Some of our nurses have gotten quite creative with putting ID's on theirs.

    One nurse painted little flowers in acrylics to readily ID her scope.

    I tried flower/butterfly decals, but they came off.

    Someone else suggested fabric paint.

    Trouble is, nothing seems to adhere well to the barrel.

    Anyone got any ideas?
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   Agnus
    I'm sorry this won't be much help. When I orderd my Master Cardiology on line, the copany that sold it to me offered laser engraving. My Whole long name and RN is on the head of the scope. Plus I have a Litman tag with my first name in bold ugly letters.

    I work where we do not have a problem loosing things. If you leave your scope at work it is there when you come back.
    I know this is the exception not the rule.

    Best advice I can give in NEVER lay it down. NEVER loan it.
  4. by   renerian
    Barrel of the gun or barrel of the syringe???????????Just teasing..........


    renerian
  5. by   BadBird
    I keep my Master Cardiology around my neck, if a Dr. asks to use it I simply say NO. No explanation. I have not lost my scope and don't plan to. I did work with another RN who would tell all who asked that she had a ear infection, Dr's passed hers up too.
  6. by   jemb
    Not only do I think it is unprofessional for a doctor or nurse not to bring their own scope to see patients (emergencies and such excepted) , it is very rude to expect someone else to provide necessary equipment. So this is what I did when I worked on the floor. When someone asked to borrow, I would say, very politely of course, "Certainly. Could you please leave your driver's license and a major credit card with me so I'lll be sure to get it back?" No kidding!! And it worked!
  7. by   renerian
    Hahahahaha the drivers license part is to funny! Had a surgeon run off with mine once but I tracked him down.....

    renerian
  8. by   MishlB
    A jewelry store will also engrave your scope!!!!
  9. by   boggle
    Funny, I just posted a comment on this on another thread about stethescopes. I ask for their car keys as a deposit! Docs either hand me their keys or go elsewhere!
  10. by   Youda
    When someone asks to borrow mine, I just say, 'no, trust me, you don't want to borrow mine.' They always ask why. Then I say, 'well, I've had this drainage and flaking, and the doctors just can't seem to figure out what it is, but maybe if we cleaned it wil an alcohol pad . . ." The borrower always gets this disgusted look on his/her face and walks off. There's nothing wrong with my ears, BTW.
  11. by   CaliNurse
    I bought a light colored one and wrote up and down the length in a permanent black thick marker. I also don't set it down much. Its like your writting pen ...... don't ever set that down!

    (:>

    Cali
  12. by   BBnurse34
    Pens, bandage scissors, stethescopes all must be guarded with your life where I work
  13. by   bewbew
    So I take it that putting a patient's ID band (with your name on it) wouldn't work then, as in some person of lower moral standing (lol) would just cut it off????

    Wow, this just wouldn't happen in the places I've been, or else, I'm just naive...
    bewbew
  14. by   AIS52
    I paid the extra money for one of Littman's black series stethoscopes. It's 100% black- even exposed metal. I've only seen two like it before and working on a cardiothoracic floor, it seems like everyone right down to dietary has a Littman around their neck!

    Oh, keeping it around my neck when not in use has kept it from being stolen and also gives my neck muscles a great workout!

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