Quote from forevergreatful
doesn't matter what no one thinks, i have a few classmates with it and know one really pays attention. People will be too busy performing duties and taking care of pt. to worry about your stethoscope
I work on the floor and I notice every single one I see because many times the nurses with those steths have great ears and know stuff, that's just my experience.
On more than one occasion I have noticed a steth and got to talking with the RN and come to find out they are a CRNA that just past boards or an icu nurse that was floated over to my unit that will sit and talk ICU Rx or patho or CHF/ARDS/ type IV RTA Tx with me on an indepth level. These are like private tutoring lessons on the floor and your getting paid for it. All because I was tipped off by the steth!
Just saying don't assume people don't pay attention to stuff especially in the hospital. RNs are very observant and as a student you are being watched like a hawk. One of the goals during clinicals besides just passing the class is to impress the nursing staff because they are the ones that may refer you for a position at that hospital and they are going to be asked about your performance by the instructor and if you're a super solid nursing student they will let your clinical instructior be made aware of how wonderful you are. I'm speaking only from personal experience here and trying to pass along some good info to help you be a great nursing student.
Having a large bell steth could be very helpful or harmful in the impression you make on your preceptor and the whole floor staff for that matter. It does not by any means have to reflect your competency; however if you are so inclined it can be to your advantage if your a rock star student.
I'll tell you what though if you jump in right away and wipe some butts and change some beds and ambulate some pt.s That will have a far greater impact than any steth will have. That's the stuff that matters in all honesty, are you a team player? Are you willing to do the dirty work? Do you want to hone the craft of nursing? Those are the questions that matter!