What do you take to clinicals? - page 2

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  1. Visit  JerseyGirl6} profile page
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    And yes please please please remember your id badge cause in my program they give out clinical warnings if you don't got it and two of those you fail that semester!
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  3. Visit  krisiepoo} profile page
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    I take:
    black pen
    small notebook
    stethoscope
    bandage scissors
    watch
    pen light
    I brought my paper assignments too so I could complete info as I went along (those went into the pockets on my pant leg)

    we were not allowed electronics of any kind. There are computers in every patient room, why would you need a tablet?
  4. Visit  stewartfamily2010} profile page
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    Glad I read this, will be sure to purchase scrub pants with huge cargo style pockets.
  5. Visit  i♥words} profile page
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    Thanks, everyone! I will definitely add a tape measure and mini notebooks to my list. I actually think I already have a few mini notebooks. I'm nuts for school supplies so I always have extra stuff.

    Quote from krisiepoo
    we were not allowed electronics of any kind. There are computers in every patient room, why would you need a tablet?
    Computers in every room? Awesome. I guess it depends on the hospital. I know from shadowing at the site I'll have some of my clinicals at that computers are only at front desks and nurses' stations. I still think it is odd to need to bring an electronic device. You'd think they'd be yelling at you about keeping your electronics locked in your car.

    I for sure don't want to be one of those students who brings everything but the kitchen sink. I know over time I'll figure out what works for me. I am one of those people who always has a purse or bag with me filled with assortments of snacks, beverages, and the like. I get it from my mom.
  6. Visit  springchick1} profile page
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    Watch! Don't forget your watch! I we don't have ours we are asked to leave. It is considered part of our uniform.
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  7. Visit  beckyboo1} profile page
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    Just a little suggestion as far as wearing a stethoscope around your neck...don't! Littman doesn't recommend wearing them that way either as the oils in your skin will distort the tubing and eventually it will take on the shape of your neck. I roll mine up and keep it in my pocket and it's served me well for years.
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  8. Visit  schnookimz} profile page
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    I second the not putting the steth on your neck. The tubing of my littman completely discolored from the oil of my skin, this happened to many other people I know as well. Unless your tubing is black and won't show discoloration, put it in your pocket.
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  9. Visit  i♥words} profile page
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    Quote from schnookimz
    I second the not putting the steth on your neck. The tubing of my littman completely discolored from the oil of my skin, this happened to many other people I know as well. Unless your tubing is black and won't show discoloration, put it in your pocket.
    I read something about that a few months ago. I'll see if it fits in my pocket.
  10. Visit  SunshineDaisy} profile page
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    I haven't read all the replies yet, but here's what I brought!

    Plastic clipboard that opens
    Highlighter
    2 pens (red and black)
    Pencil
    Small stack 3x5 cards for notes (clipped with a binder clip)
    Stethoscope (tucked into my cargo pocket)
    Pen light
    Watch with a second hand
    Bandage scissors
    Hospital badge and name tag on scrub top
    My driver's license and debit card
    Drug app on my phone (I use Micromedex)
    Last edit by SunshineDaisy on Jun 24, '13 : Reason: Forgot something
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  11. Visit  JerseyGirl6} profile page
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    Sorry it's me again lol

    I just feel like I should say that i only suggest the scope around your neck because I thought that would be a space saver because you said that your pocket wasn't that big and I usually wear my littman around my neck and the color didnt fade but I guess everyone is different.
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  12. Visit  beckyboo1} profile page
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    Quote from JerseyGirl6
    Sorry it's me again lol

    I just feel like I should say that i only suggest the scope around your neck because I thought that would be a space saver because you said that your pocket wasn't that big and I usually wear my littman around my neck and the color didnt fade but I guess everyone is different.
    It's not so much that the color will fade, but the tubing will stiffen and eventually, it will have a permanent curve where it has been around your neck. If it doesn't bother you, it's not a problem. Just thought I'd throw it out there for anyone who might not already know.
  13. Visit  MendedHeart} profile page
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    We were not allowed to wear stethoscope around neck in school..infection risk. They make steth holders for waist band. You wont need it but for assessmentd anyway. Its an old sacred cow to carry steth around all day. Its not necessary as long as you have it around just in case.

    As far as other supplies...

    Watch
    Pen light
    Multi colored pen
    Permanent marker
    Dry erase marker
    I loved having my own pulse ox..didnt have to constantly track one down..I think they are about 40$

    App for meds...micromedex is great cuz thats what my clinical site used for drug reference BUT
    you have to use facility approved education. My job now uses lexicomp so I cant use Micromedex anymore.
  14. Visit  Nursestudent14} profile page
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    I was not allowed any electronics on the clinical floor, we were allowed to keep stuff in the staff locker room so like a majority of other people said dint bring stuff you can't afford to loose. The one thing that helped me out was having a clipboard that opened up where I could throw papers and even private information about patients that if I left down somewhere it won't be seen by a curious patient.

    One thing is make us all your stuff is labeled. People may ask to borrow something and you may not get it back....ever!


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