Nurses Watches

  1. Do you use a nurses watch or a regular watch with a second hand? My watch has a second hand but no lines to indicate the seconds. I think I would be better of with a nurses watch because they are so big and clear. Do you think it is worth extra money to buy one of these?
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   elkpark
    Any watch that is easy to read and enables you to easily count seconds will do -- doesn't have to be any kind of specialty watch ("nurses watch"??) or expensive.
  4. by   suzy253
    I purchased an inexpensive 'nurse watch' from a uniform store which had a larger face and the second hand--easy to see, etc. I only wear this watch for clinicals -- don't want to use my regular everyday watches on clinicals -- yuck..although you wear gloves you still can get stuff splashed on you, etc. So maybe if you'd like you can buy an inexpensive watch that can be just for clinicals.
  5. by   LauraLou
    I have been using a Timex with a second hand. It works fine but I really want to get a watch with military time. It would save me a lot of aggrevation when trying to translate from regular time to military time and back.
  6. by   Chaya
    I have a few of those plastic ones in assorted colors. All of them have second hands and my favorites have the "light-up" feature (I work eves). After having a couple of battery disasters, now I always have a spare. The plastic can discolor with time, but the nasty stuff wipes right off of it.
  7. by   fnimat1
    I bought a white Nursemate watch with a large face and red second hand. It was $25...which isn't too bad.


    Fatima
  8. by   DZcarrie
    i, in no way, would wear my citizen to clinicals or work....

    so i went out and bought a $6 EZ to Read watch at walmart.

    so, if anything really funky gets on it, it could easily just be tossed!

  9. by   RedSox33RN
    I inherited a very expensive watch, and there was no way in heck I was going to wear that to clinicals. I bought a new "nurse-y" looking watch with big second hand.

    It's going to be weird wearing one though. I am NOT a watch-wearer at all! I've tried to become one many times, but just can't get used to them. No choice now! LOL
  10. by   purplemania
    I bought my watch at Walmart. It is a Timex, called a "reader" because it has a white face, black numbers that are large. The second hand is important when doing vital signs, in my opinion. I also have a Lorus, big numbers, with a face that lights up automatically when in the dark. Both these watches cost < $30. Don't get the kind you have to use your other hand to push a button in order to light up the face. You need both hands sometimes to do patient care. Make sure your watch is water resistant.
  11. by   Bekahlynn
    I use a sports (Nike) watch that is digital and shows the seconds. works great!!
  12. by   RNNoMore
    I've spent months looking for the 'perfect' nurse's watch for me! My criteria were that:

    1. Had to have a clear, fully numbered dial
    2. Had to have marks for the seconds,
    3. Had to have easy to read hands,
    4. Had to be water resistant (so I could wash off any yukkies - I want to be able to wear it in the shower, which will be my first 'stop' after coming home from clinicals LOL!)
    5. Had to have an expanding bracelet, so I could slip it on & off easily without fussing with a clip or buckle, and so I could push it up my arm for the messy jobs.
    6. HAD to show the date (I never know the date LOL!).

    I ended up finding it at Walmarts - it's a Timex, with a white face, gold numbers & second hand, black minute & hour hands and black second marks. It has a gold expanding bracelet strap. It was under $30.

    Good luck, Paint.
  13. by   RNKPCE
    I use a digital Timex Rush watch. It has the date and other functions like alarms and timers. I use the alarm to remind me to call people off duty on low census days. I use the timer to go back and turn the suction on an ng tube 1 hour after giving a po med.

    I could never go back to an analog watch for vitals. I have one watch I keep in my locker just for work. Don't want no potentially gross stuff on my personal use watch.
  14. by   shel_wny
    Quote from LauraLou
    I have been using a Timex with a second hand. It works fine but I really want to get a watch with military time. It would save me a lot of aggrevation when trying to translate from regular time to military time and back.
    Just a tip for military time - simply add 12 to produce a military time if it's pm or subtract 12 if you have a time above noon that is foreign to you. Once you do it for a while it becomes second nature.

    Shel

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