Stethoscope Question

  1. Okay, I'm dumb, but I really didn't know that there are as many stethoscopes out there as there are. Any thoughts on which are best for student nurses (or any nurse for that matter)? ANY help would be greatly appreciated!
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  3. by   Achoo!
    I find the sprague stethescopes heavy. I have a littman lightweight.
  4. by   colleen10
    I have a Littman Master Classic II and love it. It was expensive but I plan on keeping it throughout school and when I become an RN. I can hear everything!!!!

    One of my classmates has a cool steth. that she bought at the uniform shop. You can mix and match the ear pieces with the actual head of the steth. The heads have designs and pictures in them and all you have to do is twist them off to replace it with a different design. Kind of a cool thing, especially if you were going into Peds. She says you can hear a heart beat through a winter jacket with it.
  5. by   Altra
    I have a Littmann Lightweight II S.E. I like the teardrop shape very much.

    Someday when I have about 300 bucks to spare (right .....) I'd love to get one of the really nice cardiology ones. But my $36 one is working fine for now.
  6. by   LeesieBug
    Quote from Achoo!
    I find the sprague stethescopes heavy. I have a littman lightweight.

    Same here. I started out with a sprague, but couldn't hack carrying that thing around all day. That big hunk of metal banging against my chest while I was working drove me nuts and made my chest sore!

    I also bought a Littman Lightweight and LOVE it! Relatively inexpensive, lightweight, and works great!
  7. by   Linda_Weg
    My favorite stethoscopes are the ones by DRG (Doctors Research Group). I have their Pure Tone Traditional (for adults), the Pure Tone Pediatric and the Pure Tone Infant Stethoscopes. I find DRG's to be better quality than Littmans.

    I'm a Registered Respiratory Therapist w/ 19 years experience (primarily Neonatal/Peds) so I'm pretty selective when it comes to stethoscopes.

    Linda
  8. by   newgrad2004
    I bought a cheap scope that our instructor said was good for the money. The thing was basically that CHEAP. I couldnt hear a darn thing well enough to decipher what lung sounds i was hearing. I just invested in a littmann cardiology III and it is by far the best out there to hear anything. If I were you I would if possible try others scopes out. If you want to buy a cheap one do so, but know that you might not be completely happy with it. Get a cheap one now and then while in the hospital try other classmates or nurses scopes and you can decide which you want to invest in. I couldnt afford this scope at first but Im glad I invested in it. Had I known how much better it was I wouldnt have wasted my time with the other. Its all in personal prefferance. I got mine for a little better than retail price on a site. I am not supposed to place the site here but if you PM me I can tell you. But if you put in a seach engine you will find my scope usually retails for 160-180, I got mine for 117.
    If you want to find the site yourself go look up cheap stethascopes in your search engine. You can also get on ebay, but sometimes its hard to trust someone there with all your money and after shipping it may not be worth it.
    I also invested and had mine personalized, would hate to see some DR. or nurse grab my scope and think it is thiers. You can buy those little ID badges for them too but those are easily removed.
    The point is this, nursing is going to be your career, so invest wisely in something you know you want to use, and works best for you. Any littmann is good, but I wanted the best. Mine also has a ped's side to it and is a good cardiology scope as well. Acustics are everything.






    Quote from CNM2B
    Okay, I'm dumb, but I really didn't know that there are as many stethoscopes out there as there are. Any thoughts on which are best for student nurses (or any nurse for that matter)? ANY help would be greatly appreciated!
  9. by   colleen10
    I second what NewGrad said about getting your steth. personalized. You can get a little badge or have your name put on the tubbing. I still keep a close eye on mine but I feel better knowing that if it walks off it will be easier to tell who took it.
  10. by   RedSox33RN
    I just ordered a Littman Classic II S.E. I hope it's good enough to get me through nursing school at least. That one and the Littman Lightweight were the two "recommended" ones for my program. I don't know enough about them to go against their recommendation and get another one.
  11. by   suzy253
    I have the Littman Master Classic II. Great stethescope. even my instructors like it.
  12. by   epg_pei
    Quote from CNM2B
    Okay, I'm dumb, but I really didn't know that there are as many stethoscopes out there as there are. Any thoughts on which are best for student nurses (or any nurse for that matter)? ANY help would be greatly appreciated!
    At least that's what the nurses who have gone before me said. Expensive ones have a tendancy to grow legs and run away. For now, I am using one of those $20 sets from our bookstore. Make sure the "rubber tubes" aren't too long. Mine were like 2 feet long when I got it. A nurse finally trimmed them down to an appropriate length. And if/when you feel a more expensive set is necessary, simply remind your loved ones that stethoscopes make great graduation gifts.
  13. by   Energizer Bunny
    THank you all. I think instead of jumping the gun, I am writing down all your recommendations and then going to go to orientation and find out what they suggest. Or, I may even call my advisor if I find a good sale before then.
  14. by   jenrninmi
    I have a Littman Master Classic II also and I love it!

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