tips for holding onto stethescopes at work? - page 3

Hi, I am taking pre-requisites and plan to start nursing school Fall of 2003. I want to buy a good stethescope (probably Littman), but I have heard about the doctors and other nurses that "borrow"... Read More

  1. by   whipping girl in 07
    I also have held on to my scissors for 12 years-they need to be sharpened desperately.
    LOL! You've had the same scissors for 12 years?! When I was in orientation, my preceptor told me I wouldn't be a "real" nurse until I lost my first pair of scissors and hemostats. Guess I'm not "real" yet, as I manage to hunt those puppies down everytime I lend them.

    As for lending stethoscopes, the only time I've ever had anyone borrow mine (or borrowed someone else's) is when checking NG placement on a fresh surgical pt or ET placement after intubation. They are handed across to the person checking and handed back immediately. Never leave the sight of the owner. Just last week, the doc handed me his to check placement on an ET tube and I just took them, checked, and handed it back, even though mine was in my pocket. Urgent situation, you know.

    Still waiting to be a real nurse!
  2. by   mtgirl63
    Mine stays around my neck when I'm not using it and goes in my locked locker at the end of my shift. My name is on it but I have never lent it out --- if I did, I would make sure I remember who has it, and that I get it back before I go home! Good luck in nursing school!!!
  3. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    From deep in the heart of texas

    Mine stays around my neck, period.

    keep it in the short grass yall

    teeituptom
  4. by   brassdragon
    Mine stays right around my neck and like everyone else if someones borrows it , it never leaves my site. The few times that I have noticed it wasn't around my neck panic always sinks in and unless I am doing something critical I quickly retrance my steps to get my baby back where it goes. I did have a problem though with my earpieces falling off. I went crazy one night trying to find my ear piece looking in every room that I had been in (30 rooms) on the floor on my hands and knees. Some nurse had found it earlier and placed it on the med cart. I kept on having problems with them falling off but I made sure the way I had my scope around my neck so tyhe earpiece would end up in my shirt pocket. One day I lost one and never found it but with my new earpieces they never fall off. All that aggravation for a defected earpiece.
  5. by   MelissaCT
    To those of you who have your stethoscopes engraved, do you have your last name only, or what?
    I don't know if I should do this:

    M. Montinieri
    or this M.Montinieri RN
    or this M.Montinieri, RN
    or this M.Montinieri, R.N.

    OR should I have my first and last name and no RN, or should I have just my last name and RN, or just my last name ALONE??

    I know this is silly, but I will have to look at this thing everyday and I'm just wondering how other people had theirs done!
  6. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by ERNurse752
    Some people don't lend theirs out to anybody...
    I'll lend mine (Littman Cardiology III), but I keep close tabs on its whereabouts, and if I see that they're done, I ask for it back.
    The tubing of it tends to make my neck red and irritated at times, so I sometimes wear one of those stethescope socks over it, which makes it harder to tell that it's a Littman...incognito, if you will...hehehe



    :hatparty:
    Tricia, I just bought a Littman Cardiology III and will take your advice on the steth cover, thanks.
  7. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by melissact
    to those of you who have your stethoscopes engraved, do you have your last name only, or what?
    i don't know if i should do this:

    m. montinieri
    or this m.montinieri rn
    or this m.montinieri, rn
    or this m.montinieri, r.n.

    or should i have my first and last name and no rn, or should i have just my last name and rn, or just my last name alone??

    i know this is silly, but i will have to look at this thing everyday and i'm just wondering how other people had theirs done!
    since your last name is not a "common" one, i would use it and the r.n.
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i keep mine around my neck while at work.
  9. by   StrawberryBSN
    Don't loan it out and keep it aound your neck. Keep your old one in your bookbag, locker or station drawer and offer it up as a sacrifice if you feel the need.
  10. by   sunnygirl272
    please, all be careful...there was a thread awhile ago in which someone posted the warning about (attempted)strangulation by sthoscopeurban myth or reality, who knows, but please....if ya wear it around your neck, be careful how ya do it...
  11. by   rebelwaclause
    Who stragnled who?
  12. by   jemb
    When I worked inpatient, I always wore the stethoscope around my neck, and had a large-lettered name tag on it. I didn't worry about stealing as much as absent minded people leaving it somewhere. Docs were notorious for this, so I would agree to loan only if they agreed to personally hand it back to me within five minutes. I used to ask for drivers license collateral from a couple of the docs. I still don't understand how a doctor could come to the floor to examine a patient and not bring a stethoscope!
  13. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by MelissaCT
    To those of you who have your stethoscopes engraved, do you have your last name only, or what?
    I don't know if I should do this:

    M. Montinieri
    or this M.Montinieri RN
    or this M.Montinieri, RN
    or this M.Montinieri, R.N.

    OR should I have my first and last name and no RN, or should I have just my last name and RN, or just my last name ALONE??

    I know this is silly, but I will have to look at this thing everyday and I'm just wondering how other people had theirs done!
    I agree with Stephany Future RN... I think the Montinieri RN would be appropriate, nice name, is it Italian?


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