Almost all of my career I've never worn a wrist watch. It interferes with hand washing. You ALWAYS want a watch that has a second hand. A digital timepiece is going to be of no value whatsoever to you unless it is being used as a timer with an alarm. I've always had a watch with a second hand that hangs from a short piece of leather that attaches to either my uniform or my name badge. The nurses in England traditionally wear these kinds of watches. Many nursing supply companies sell them now. The watch actually looks like it is upside down to the people who are standing across from you. However, when you flip the watch upward or you look downward at it to see the time it is oriented so you can read it quite easily. The last time I saw one of these watches advertised I kept the ad just for someone asking about them on the forums. It was called a Carabiner watch and priced at $34.99 from the www.advanceweb.com/shop
site. It was pictured in the January 2006 Advance for Nurses
biweekly publication for southern California. This is a nursing recruitment publication that goes out to nurses all over our geographical area. If you go to that site, click on "Nursing", then on "Watches" the very first two items that are shown are a lapel watch which is similar to the type I have and the Carbiner watch. As you look at their different watches you will note that they ALL have second sweep hands.
Here is a link to an older thread where this was addressed. There were a number of different manufacturers of these lapel watches who were listed by forum members in this thread. http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/lapel...es-130988.html
You can also take a plain old wrist watch, buckle it, and then just use a safety pin to tack it onto your uniform. This keeps it off your wrist, but within easy reach. We saw this done by Australian nurses in an old video about dealing with fire in the hospital when I was a student.