Work bags: What do you take and what's in it? - page 5

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  Vespertinas} profile page
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    Carrying a heavy bag drives me crazy. For a reason I can't explain, I take pride in the idea that I feel perfectly comfortable walking out of my house needing little more than cash in my pocket.
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  3. Visit  PinkNBlue} profile page
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    A bottle of ibuprofen, lotion, stethoscope, scissors, cord clamp remover (I'm in OB), a few spare pens, my big tumbler for water throughout the shift, usually some random cough drops, gum, I do the schedule so always have my book for that in there as well , which takes up most of the room. A ton of alcohol wipes of course, hair ties...and of course, most important... chapstick!
  4. Visit  Adele_Michal7} profile page
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    I bring a binder w extra copies of my hh agency's flow sheet, keys, phone, wallet with cash (I take a cab for part of my commute and get reimbursed) my stethoscope, food and a water bottle, book and or magazine to read on the train... That's about it
  5. Visit  That Guy} profile page
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    Quote from healthstar
    Just curious : why a laptop?! Do you really have time as a nurse to use your laptop at work?
    When I wrote that 2 years ago I was on days and was not doing full shifts yet. So between class and work I would jump on and do some certification stuff.
    Now its a much different
  6. Visit  turnforthenurseRN} profile page
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    Okay, so comparing to my post back in August of 2011...most of that stuff is now in my locker. Carrying all of that stuff to and from work got really old really fast! Now I just bring my purse that always has my credit card + some cash, chapstick, Critical Care Notes, keys, phone. In my locker:

    * stethoscope (both my Littmann Cardiology III and my Classic II SE that I use as a backup...or that I loan out to coworkers when they can't find their own stethoscope!)
    * storage clipboard...got a lot of random references inside as well as reference papers + a lot of copies of my brain sheets
    * a lot of pens that I store in a plastic cup + a highlighter and white board marker
    * pen light, bandage scissors
    * some snacks...like granola bars & almonds. I also have a can of spicy tuna and some crackers just in case lol
    * assorted tea bags/instant coffee for when I'm not feeling the coffee that is made at work
    * water bottle
    * ibuprofen, Tylenol, Zyrtec
    * drug book, though honestly I just use Micromedex on my phone or Lexicomp that is built into our computers...or our pharmacist
    * gum
    * Bath & Body Works pocketbac hand sanitizer
    * hand lotion (I love B&BW's Look Ma, New Hands! by TrueBlueSpa)
    * some tampons

    Not much has changed. I just now walk in and out with much less stuff.
  7. Visit  LogCabinMom} profile page
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    I too have a Vera Bradley large tote: I carry tea bags, a bamboo utensil set, Kindle, stethoscope, lots of food, extra pen, lotion, breath mints. I have a locker at work with extra scrubs, floss/tooth brush/tooth paste.
  8. Visit  DoeRN} profile page
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    I have steth, feminine products, crackers, nuts, an energy drink, Advil, zinc tablets, pepto, neosporin, cough drops, umbrella, pens, Chapstick, my Comptia A+ study book (that takes up a lot of space) socks, lotion, deodorant, a magazine, gum. I'm a float nurse so I don't have a locker to keep my things in.

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  9. Visit  Vespertinas} profile page
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    As for what type of bag I have.... I used to bring whichever one was given out for free that year for Nurses Week. It was functional, I'd proudly wear the hospital's name, and it throw it out after a year. Then I started working at a hospital in a fashionable area...where even the male nurses were using LV's as their work bag. After a few comments on my brand of choice, I sacrificed an old Coach to the cause. Now that I've moved back home all I get are compliments on it.
  10. Visit  ktliz} profile page
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    Quote from Vespertinas
    As for what type of bag I have.... I used to bring whichever one was given out for free that year for Nurses Week. It was functional, I'd proudly wear the hospital's name, and it throw it out after a year. Then I started working at a hospital in a fashionable area...where even the male nurses were using LV's as their work bag. After a few comments on my brand of choice, I sacrificed an old Coach to the cause. Now that I've moved back home all I get are compliments on it.
    Wow, vespertinas, where was that hospital so I know never to work there! Sounds like some jr. high drama! I have a vera bradley that I got on super sale and the pattern makes me happy, plus it's easy to wash. A lot of nurses where I work have thirty-one bags or the kind you get at the craft stores, with lots of pockets. If someone had an expensive bag I'm sure it would get compliments, but no one would think twice if someone was using a freebie, either.
  11. Visit  Bortaz, RN} profile page
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    Quote from ktliz
    A lot of nurses where I work have thirty-one bags
    Where would one store 31 bags? And why do you need more than one?
  12. Visit  gigglestarsRN} profile page
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    Quote from Bortaz, RN
    Where would one store 31 bags? And why do you need more than one?
    It's a brand, thirty- one
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  13. Visit  HippyDippyLPN} profile page
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    Lol! That 31 bags comment has me cracking up! Anyways I carry a canvas tote I bought from Wal-mart. I am hard on my work stuff so I tend to buy cheap! I carry in it: Tylenol, badge, watch, chap stick, nose spray, gum, steth, Bp cuff, sharpies/highlighters/pens, wound scissors, tampons, notebook, cheat sheet for all of the floors I am PRN so I am all over the building, five ones for soda pop, big water bottle, and i think that's it.,.we have lockers but I do not have the faintest idea of how to get to them... I just lock my purse in a room I only have access to.
  14. Visit  Roseyposey} profile page
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    You guys are way more organized and prepared than I am! I have a Target Mossimo limited edition bag - only about 8 zillion made. In it I have food (always my #1 priority), stethoscope, a pair of socks, an outdated Sanford's guide, miscellaneous receipts, some unwrapped pieces of gum, a couple of broken pens, and the random alcohol wipe and saline flush.
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