What do you take to clinicals?

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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, clinicals don't start (for me, anyway) until about the 8th week of classes. I'm just curious about what real life nursing students take to clinicals. According to my program, I must take

    - tablet (Kindle, iPad, whatever)
    - stethoscope
    - clipboard
    - hemostats
    - bandage scissors
    - penlights
    - black ink pens

    Where do you put all of this stuff? Where do you leave it? Do you stuff it all in your scrub pockets? I only have four. Four! And not huge ones, either. Do you use pocket organizers? Overnight bags? Do your patients mind holding all of your stuff while you assess them. (Calm down, I'm just joking.) What about personal stuff like Chapstick, and anti-nausea medication, and food? Besides all of this, do you have to carry patient charts too?

    I want the details: what you bring, where you put it. Many thanks.
    Joe V, eeggor, dotoriffic, and 2 others like this.

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    Good post, and I'd be interested to know as well, since I start in August with absolutely no clue whatsoever.
    MrsRNtrisha, Chuffs, kmcjon, and 1 other like this.
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    Most of us took a small bag (think small bookbag size or smaller) and were allowed to leave them in the staff lounge. Don't take anything you can't afford to lose. But the things you'll have listed you'll carry with you anyway. Pt charts are either on the computer or at the nurse's station, we never carried them away from there. I sometimes took my NANDA book, but for the most part that was used at home the night before clinicals. We had to prepare drug cards for any meds we were passing so had those with us as well. You might also want a little notepad in your pocket.
    eeggor, coffee2013, and i♥words like this.
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    My scrubs have cargo-type pants and that is where I put most of my things. you can clamp your hemostat on the hem of your scrub top and let it dangle.

    Most of my things stay in my backpack, because at my hospital you can't take in clipboards (or anything that gets set down), into rooms because once something is set down in the room, it can not be taken out. Many hospitals have rules about electronics because of possibility of HIPPA violations with pictures and what not, so I would guess it would be unlikely that you would bring a tablet into a patient room.

    Don't stress, it will all work out in the end!
    Chuffs, i♥words, and coffee2013 like this.
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    I'm honestly worried about my stethoscope overall, because I plan in getting the littmann cardiology III and have my name engraved, but I still don't want anyone to swipe it!
    MrsRNtrisha likes this.
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    Quote from Mandy0728
    I'm honestly worried about my stethoscope overall, because I plan in getting the littmann cardiology III and have my name engraved, but I still don't want anyone to swipe it!
    Keep your stethoscope around your neck. You'll need it all the time anyway. As for everything else, I have a clipboard that opens up so I store pretty much everything else in there. You can get it at Staples or Office Max or somewhere like that.
    SoldierNurse22, i♥words, and eeggor like this.
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    I'm with Aubgurl- when I worked in clinic, it became routine to have my steth around my neck. I now have a Littmann Cardiology III that is engraved as well, but I'm not too concerned about it growing feet because I treated my Classic II like my child, so my CIII isn't leaving my side!
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    As everyone have already said most of that stuff you listed will be with you at all times.

    My program stress not to bring any personal items because you don't want to loose them but if you have to you can either keep them in your pocket (I.e. car keys, phone, medication, clothes, coat/hoodie/sweater etc) or if your program/hospital clinical location allows in a staff room that's usually locked.

    The scope should be around your neck (dont worry youll get used to it and wont even know its there eventually) or in your pocket if you can fit it. We not suppose to bring a clip board (but we do anyway sometimes) but in substitute for that could be a small notebook to put in your pocket. The scissors, pen light and pen could be placed in a pocket protecter which I bought mines on amazon for not that much in which all items are included! The link is below.

    I would also invest in a retractable measuring tape to measure wounds and alcohol swaps I'm sure your hospital will provide.

    Did you get some comfy shoes? Good luck in your program study hard and take it one step at a time. Remember this is your time to ask questions, make mistakes (not that many) and get messy!... as would ms frizzle would say on the magic school bus

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is...Nursing+pocket

    I hope this link works but if not go to the amazon website and type in nursing pocket organizer in the search engine.
    psullivan95 and Workhardbekind like this.
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    Thanks everyone!

    Quote from JerseyGirl6
    Remember this is your time to ask questions, make mistakes (not that many) and get messy!... as would ms frizzle would say on the magic school bus
    Love Magic School Bus!
    Tricia328 likes this.
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    Here is what we are required/suggested to take to clinicals;
    school ID
    clean scrubs
    stethoscope
    bandage scissors
    pen light
    2 black pens
    drug book
    *no electronic devices of any kind*

    After 3 semesters of clinicals here is what I have actually needed;
    stethoscope
    pen light
    1 black pen
    scissors, maybe twice, to open some stubborn meds
    drug book app downloaded to smartphone
    sheet of paper here and there

    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.
    sweetf, Chuffs, joanna73, and 4 others like this.


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