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

by 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,... Read More


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    Canvas tote (easy to wash!)
    Inside: food bars, extra pens, stehescope, change purse, pop chips, girlie care products..

    Lucky I scored a locker which is overflowing with stuff! Coffee mug, drink mixes, more food bars, work shoes, spare scrubs and jacket, a book I never read, piles of paper, and my"nurse purse" (specially made nurses hip bag that is crammed with swabs, shears, stickers, you get the idea)

    Good greif! I sound like I live at the hospital!!
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    I have a small bag. I am on the nursing council, so I have a one subject paper notebook, and a folder with important notes and papers from meetings in. I also take my planner, tylenol, excedrine and advil migraine, and easy mac. I also take a lunch box with my food. I keep my stethoscope and pens in my locker at work.
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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.
    EVERYTHING thats not nailed down lets see I take , money ,pens ,meds,bc,snacks,dog food ,water , extra socks,tape ,clamps,pads ,lotion, old paychecks,bills, glouce meater ,what ever I need that day , change , epi pen , q tips, slipper socks?,

    we'll thats all I can think of right now
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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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    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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    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 !
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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.
    Poi Dog likes this.
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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!
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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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    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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