Nursing bag for hospice RN? - page 3

I have been a hospice RN for about 3 months now, and am working on improving a few things. One of the main things I want to improve is the way I carry all of my paperwork and equipment. Working out in the field is completely new... Read More

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    Quote from tewdles
    Your agency should provide you with a bag so that you can meet the regulations for them. You should carry a blue pad or similar to set your bag on when you enter the home. My agency provides wheeled bags for field staff who cannot carry a bag without risking injury. Your bag should be emptied and cleaned once a month.
    I'm going ask this question in all seriousness. Is this the kind of things workplaces did before the economy went sour because I can't imagine my previous and current employers doing anything more than giving me a free pen and for the record I have yet to receive any free pens.
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    I finally found the exact bag I was looking for! It was at Michael's in the scrapbooking section, so thank you TothepointeLVN for mentioning the craft stores

    Tewdles, we are a fairly new company and we have been looking for a couple of months at bags that the company could purchase for the nurses. I was actually only the second nurse they hired! So at the time, I just bought my big two-sided plus some pockets tote bag. Now that we are growing and have several other nurses on staff, they are looking to get us all bags if we can find one we all agree on. Thanks everyone for the input
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    Quote from tothepointeLVN
    I'm going ask this question in all seriousness. Is this the kind of things workplaces did before the economy went sour because I can't imagine my previous and current employers doing anything more than giving me a free pen and for the record I have yet to receive any free pens.
    too funny... FYI some banks still give out free pens!!
    and never mind the free bag! my company ordered bags for the field staff: they are way too small, tip over when you set them down and NEVER hold my stuff; they knew the bags were not user friendly! now that we hired more staff they ordered more of the same stupid bags.... free is not necessarily good;
    i use a leather bag; looks like a camera bag or a large mens toiletry bag with 2 larger and several smaller compartments, zippers and all - even a place to put my glasses in; the side "cell phone" pockets is great for pens or scissors and hemostats! and my papers and laptop i carry separately and do not always take into every home, depending on need;
    but i like a lot of the bag suggestions on here and am going to look for a "perfect" one
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    Yeah, my place provides a bag that meets CMS specs but I hate it. So I don't use it.
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    I don't know about other people, but don't ever come to my house and put news paper on my couch to put your bag down! especially if it is a rainy day.....
    We are supposed to use news paper as well, i cannot stand it! however i have plenty of plastic bags from the grocery store and will gladly put that under my bag - and put all my trash in before i leave and throw it away;


    We were told a couple of months ago that new "bag technique" is now to put the bag on a clean surface, although never a table, sanitize hands, remove what you need, re-zip the bag, re-sanitize hands, and start the visit. I think the antimicrobial ink thing may be an urban myth. It is that the inner sections/pages of newspapers are clean and less obvious to the patient/family that you are afraid of their germs But now I don't use any "barrier" except a newspapter on my passenger seat to put the bag on just in case I did pick up something! In the homes, I tend to put my bag on a chair seat or hang it on the back of a chair once I have removed everything I need.
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    OP,

    Here is a great one! I have used alot of Olympia products in the past and they have really done me well. Here is a link to a couple.

    http://www.amazon.com/Olympia-Tools-...6066214&sr=8-1

    Amazon.com: Rolling Organizer and Saddle Bag: Toys & Games
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    I used to go to Staples to get my bags when I worked HH and hospice. A little pricey, but you may be able to deduct it from your state taxes. (I am not a tax atty., so YMMV.)
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    Quote from tothepointeLVN
    I'm going ask this question in all seriousness. Is this the kind of things workplaces did before the economy went sour because I can't imagine my previous and current employers doing anything more than giving me a free pen and for the record I have yet to receive any free pens.
    I got a couple of those "agency provided" bags...cheapo. You're better off getting your own bag. You can make it yours, you can make it adapt to your needs. If you leave the home care/hospice area, you still have the bag, which you can always use for something else.
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    I just got this bag a couple of weeks ago because I was sick of using the awful one provided by my company. So far, I LOVE it! I can't get over how light it is and I love the "stay open" feature. It's also water resistant which is nice for both infection control and rainy days.

    http://www.allheart.com/nm913300.html
    Last edit by mrr5745 on Feb 4, '12 : Reason: Forgot the link
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    I have tried a ton of bags - rolling got too heavy and messy in the rain/snow. I felt like a pack mule carrying everything in one bag and finally decided to try something different. I use one bag to carry in my gear - and the bag from the company to carry my laptop and paperwork. If I go to my routine patients - all I need to take in the house is the gear bag with stethoscope, etc. If I'm on an admission or visiting a facility I take both bags. Sometimes I can take my gear bag and just carry my laptop by hand. After several trials - I found this bag works the best for my gear - it's a craft tote that is made for some craft machine - which I know nothing about - it's perfect with front and back pockets - looks like a doctor's bag but with really cute design - I get compliments on it every day. It's sturdy and I've wiped it down a zillion times without any damage to the material or design. Inside has a ton of separate little pockets that I can organize my sani-wipes, alcohol wipes, skin prep, lube jelly, etc - everything you may need during an assessment without carrying in the whole kitchen sink. You can't beat the price either - 16.99! It works so well that I ordered a spare last week because I'm worried that I won't be able to find one down the road if I need it! Sizzix Accessory Sidekick Handbag | Overstock.com You won't be disappointed - it's lightweight and easy to carry - now I have to figure out what to do with all the other bags laying around the house that I don't need anymore!!
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