What do you take to clinicals? - page 4

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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 wordsofmymouth

    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...
    They are the strippers and clippers. Trauma shear are the big 7 1/4" used for for really getting through stuff. Bandage are the smaller metal ones for more precise cutting. I only carry trauma shears now. I think they work fine for everything, plus they are harder to lose being larger.
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    Here's what we were required to bring for our first semester:

    Stethoscope (you'll just wear it though)
    Nursing Diagnosis Handbook
    Pen Light
    Bandage scissors
    Pen
    Name badge
    Required paperwork

    I bought a messenger-style bag and kept everything in it. We had access to computers in each room/nurses station/classroom so we didn't need to bring a tablet of any sort. (I did use an iPad for funds and pharm lectures though) Our "classrooms" were located on each floor, adjacent to the nurses lounge. These rooms were locked, and we could only get in with our badge. Our class was split into smaller clinical groups of about six to eight people, each group having a different floor, so it was just your small group & your instructor who had access to the room. So all the bigger things were left in the classroom.

    As far as little personal items, I kept a little zip-up bag with tampons so I wouldn't have to take my purse to the restroom with me. I kept a tiny sample freebie of lip balm that I got from Sephora in my bag as well. I did not take my purse, and my wallet was kept in my school bag.

    Another thing that I bought that I LOVED, was a tiny spiral-bound notebook from Staples. We were required to chart both in the computer system & on a paper form that we turned in to our instructor weekly... so it was really handy to have that tiny little notebook to jot down patient assignments, or notes for questions that could be asked of the instructor later. (It was small enough to fit in my pocket.)

    We only had a 30 minute lunch, and that was iffy some weeks just because of the need to complete paperwork in time, so I would suggest packing a lunch in a little insulated lunch bag. I just made mine the night before so I wouldn't have to worry about it the next morning when I was exhausted from waking up at 5am! I think I only ate in the cafeteria twice during my whole first semester last spring. I just usually didn't have the extra time. One thing our instructor was big on, was the fact that our meals came *after* we knew we would have our paperwork ready by the time we would have to leave.

    Another thing that helped me out greatly was to pack everything the night before. I mean everything, down to having my uniform, socks, shoes ready, so I wouldn't have to look for it that morning. I also showered the night before, as we were required to wear our hair back anyway, and I knew I would want to shower as soon as I got home after being in the hospital all day.

    Hope this helps!
    Last edit by auralae on Jun 24, '13
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    When I was a student, many of us took a back pack or small bag. There was no room in the staff lounges and we were required to share lockers. On my person I carried:

    Two or three multicoloured pens
    Small note pad
    Stethescope
    Pen light
    Bandage scissors
    Chapstick

    I also carried a drug guide which I left at the nursing station, and we could each leave a small binder containing our notes on a designated shelf in the lounge. Have fun in clinicals!
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    I'm curious to know what they expect you to do with the hemostats.....surely clamping off a bleeding artery is not something that you plan on needing to do (although Heaven help that artery if anyone actually does this)
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    Hmmm, it's going to sound snarky, but those meal trays must really pile up by the time of discharge!!! Really? Once something is set down it can't be removed?
    And, its HIPAA.....
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    Quote from ColleenRN2B
    And, its HIPAA.....


    I always wonder if people ever stop to recall what those letters mean.
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    Quote from ColleenRN2B
    I'm curious to know what they expect you to do with the hemostats.....surely clamping off a bleeding artery is not something that you plan on needing to do (although Heaven help that artery if anyone actually does this)
    LOL nothing that drastic. I keep 2 pairs with me to take apart stubborn IV tubings from saline lock tubings...think pliers.
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    What I take consist of:

    Badge
    Stethoscope
    Penlight
    Pens
    Clipboard (I like the plastic clamshell type so I can store things inside)
    Trauma shears
    Tape (typically stored on my stethoscope tubing)
    Small wallet (more of a business card holder, really. It just has my ID, debit card, insurance card, and a couple spare dollars cash)
    Hand lotion (frequent hand washing/sanitizing is murder on your hands)
    Alcohol wipes and 2x2s (these are typically provided by the clinical site; I grab a handful of each and keep them with me until I run out, then restock as necessary)
    Spare scrubs, just in case (these I usually keep in the car, or in my locker if the clinical site provides one)
    Phone (only used to access clinical software or to call/text my clinical instructor, and I always make sure to let the nurses on the floor know what I'm doing when I take it out so they don't think I'm using for unapproved purposes)
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    Quote from HM-8404
    I find it humorous when nursing students show up for clinicals with so much crap they look like combat medics headed for a dust off, or they make as much noise as Inspector Gadget when they walk.
    Muahahahaha. This made me laugh because I recall this mentality well from back in nursing school days.

    Just let me know if someone starts calling in a 9-line. That's when you know **** just got real!
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    The stethescope holder for the waist doesnt touch skin or hair as it does around the neck. If we didnt have a holder it had to be stored in our pockets, but again, the only time itll b needed is during assessment. There really is no need to carry it around all day. As far as name badges, our schools were not hanging low enough to touch the patient


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