What do you take to clinicals? - page 3

I know this question and/or similar questions have been asked, because I searched. Most of those threads are a couple of years old, though. I think this could benefit many of us entering nursing school in the fall. Thankfully,... Read More

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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.

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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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    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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    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.
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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.
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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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    The one other tip I was going to tell you was bring multi colored pens! I know it sounds weird but I would write my report in one color and then my assessment in another. I had a third color for stuff to jump out at me as needed.
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    Clinicals is where I developed my OCD for where things went in my pockets. Since leaving Med surg, it has changed but here is how it went:
    Name badge - Wherever
    Left breast pocket - Black pen, blue pen
    Inside the neckline - Sharpie
    Right shirt pocket - More pens and penlight ( yes i had way too many pens )
    Left front pants pocket - Chlora preps
    Right front pants pocket - Car keys
    Right cargo pocket - Trauma shears, Bandage shears
    2nd right cargo pocket - Hemostats and tape.
    Left cargo pocket - BRAINNNNNS

    I had way too much stuff on me and it felt like it. It has since been trimmed down a lot but you learn what you need as time goes on.
    Neck - Stethoscope
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    You guys are great!

    Quote from Nursestudent14
    The one other tip I was going to tell you was bring multi colored pens! I know it sounds weird but I would write my report in one color and then my assessment in another. I had a third color for stuff to jump out at me as needed.
    I like this idea! Somewhere, in some hidden place I'm sure, I have one of those pens that has the four different inks in one. I'm very visual, so that could help.

    Quote from That Guy
    Right cargo pocket - Trauma shears, Bandage shears
    What's the difference between trauma shears and bandage shears? I'll bing it.

    After further thought, I realized I actually have six pockets, four on my scrub top and two on my pants (not cargo though ). Oh, the possibilities...
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    Quote from 2013SNGrad
    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.
    What is the the thought behind this? Wouldn't string your stethoscope at your waist cause just as big as an infection risk? If that's the case, what about name badges? They brush up against patients too.


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