Work bags: What do you take and what's in it? - page 2

I am starting a new job tomorrow and and just started cleaning out my work bag...what a mess! I've carried the same huge Vera Bradley tote for a little over a year and it's filled to the brim with a... Read More

  1. Visit  Trekfan} profile page
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    Quote from poi dog
    i have a big red tote bag that i found at a thrift store for $.50.

    i am embarrassed to admit that i carry a lot of junk in it:

    pens (a pencil pouch)
    feminine goods
    planner
    book
    makeup bag (chap stick, and lipstick)
    playtex sport wipes to freshen up
    badge with locker key attached
    travel size lotion
    deodorant
    mints/gum


    in my car i keep an extra pair of scrubs, socks, and underwear. a few nights ago i got peed on and didn't have anything to change into. lesson learned!

    i take a small lunch box and a covered insulated cup. a sandwich bag has utensils in it because it is impossible to find a fork/spoon when i need one
    i have to ask how did that happen ?
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  3. Visit  chrissypsychRN09} profile page
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    I carry a messenger bag and my purse. I mean only to use my messenger bag to keep my clipboard in, but inevitably it holds the following as well:

    • shift brains
    • pens/pencils/highlighters
    • sodas
    • snack food
    • steth
    • bandaging supplies/ETOH wipes

    People always ask me why it's so heavy. I didn't realize today until I took out 2 bottles of soda exactly *WHY* it was so heavy all the time. After all, all I do is keep my clipboard in it!
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  4. Visit  Trekfan} profile page
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    Quote from PediNurse3
    I am starting a new job tomorrow and and just started cleaning out my work bag...what a mess! I've carried the same huge Vera Bradley tote for a little over a year and it's filled to the brim with a bunch of old bills, lotion, carbon copies of PTO requests, etc.

    What do you use to carry your stuff to work? I probably need to downgrade to something smaller as my new work environment is cramped. What do you put in it? I have a makeup bag, extra car key, calendar, change, a calculator, my badge, pens, pencils and highlighters.
    OH yes I forgot I always try to carry a valum to work because you just never know win the sh#t is going to hit the fan you might need one !
  5. Visit  Jessy_RN} profile page
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    Adult, pediatric and infant stethoscopes. A drug book and neofax. lunch money, bottled water, gum, a pack of black pens, highlighters and extra fine sharpies.

    I also carry a small notebook, a small calendar, lotion, hair ties, feminie products and a small makeup bag.

    I never really know where I will be working so I need to be prepared.
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  6. Visit  FancypantsRN} profile page
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    Wow, I am grossly unprepared. I carry no bag. Just some pens, trauma shears and a lipstick in my lab coat pocket. I would be up the creek if I needed anything else!
  7. Visit  melmarie23} profile page
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    I carry my breast pump in it tote bag. Along with my pump, and bottles, it also has my wallet, keys, sunglasses, daily planner/calendar, lotion, gum, pens, work folder with misc paperwork. I wear my name tag and steth on my person when I go in. If I carry another bag, its usually just my lunch bag.
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  8. Visit  CarolinaGirl1112} profile page
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    I'm just a Nursing Assistant student in clinicals, but I thought I'd contribute

    In my bag:
    Stethoscope
    List of medical abbreviations
    chapstick
    extra hair ties
    sugarless gum
    hand sanitizer
    hand lotion
    wallet
    extra pens/highlighters/sharpies
    CPR face mask
    NACES skills booklet
    Photobook with pictures of my beautiful little girl
    2 Fiber bars
    Change for vending machines/lunch
    Miniature flashlight
    Feminine hygiene products
    ID Badge and parking deck card

    Just wanted to add, on the first day of clinicals, my instructor (who is an RN) brought what she called a "Survival Bag." It was a bag that had cereal bars, a little bit of money(in case someone forgot their lunch), tampons, band-aids, and tylenol. I thought it was so sweet of her, and she said she's a Mom so she can't help it, lol.
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  9. Visit  Katie5} profile page
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    Quote from That Guy
    I take a backpack.
    Currently has:
    Pens
    Lunch
    Pocket mask
    Rain Jacket since the weather is ridiculous lately
    Laptop/charger???
  10. Visit  creative scholar} profile page
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    In my locker are all of my scrubs/scrub jackets neatly folded (we are required to change into our scrubs when we get to the unit) sneakers, socks, feminine products, old papers, notebook, infant/adult stethescope, pens, reference text.
    So in my purse is the following: keys, vaseline (for my lips) tylenol (when stress at work builds up), calculator, water bottle, and snacks (apple, carrots, yogurt, gum). i usually eat dinner before I go into work. i leave eveything at work that i really need in my locker, this way im carrying as minimial as possible back and forth to work.
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  11. Visit  Poi Dog} profile page
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    Quote from Trekfan
    I have to ask HOW did that happen ?

    During a brief change while the male resident was turned towards me. I forgot to put a barrier between me and the resident...I remembered when I felt some wetness on my left pant leg.
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  12. Visit  blackbird singing} profile page
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    Quote from Poi Dog
    During a brief change while the male resident was turned towards me. I forgot to put a barrier between me and the resident...I remembered when I felt some wetness on my left pant leg.
    OMG oh no!! I might have to start keeping an extra pair of scrubs in my locker! haha
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  13. Visit  That Guy} profile page
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    Quote from emilyrose87
    OMG oh no!! I might have to start keeping an extra pair of scrubs in my locker! haha
    I just go to the OR and grab some scrubs when people think i look like the basin to puke in.
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  14. Visit  registerednutrn} profile page
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    I carry a scrap booking bag that I keep lots of pen ( I'm a pen hound) my sethescope manual bp cuff pill cutter reading glasses
    Cell phone charger and other misc stuff keep extra tee shirt in locker. I'm the one everybody want s to come borrow stuff from
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