Just got accepted into an ADN program for the spring! - page 3

Just got my acceptance letter this afternoon and have orientation on the 15th! Any other new student murses starting this spring?... Read More

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    Quote from ColoradoRocky
    There are, I think, 6 guys in my class, and about 50 females. We got our first assignment to read the first 8 chapters in our main Nursing book before our first day of class. Gotta order scrubs, get shoes, get skills bag, get a stethoscope, books, and a ton of other things. Anyone have a good suggestion on stethoscopes? The price seems to vary pretty dramatically, and I dont want to buy a mega expensive one until Im actually using it professionally, but I also don't want a cheapo one that I can hardly hear a thing with either.
    Stethoscope choices will vary widely, but as a second career CNA, I recommend Littmann. I have some low level hearing loss due to using grinders and high-rev generators (former weldor) without hearing protection. I got my stethoscope free, but in the scrub shop it was $55. It is a Lightweight SE II. I can hear BP, breath sounds, and anything else top notch. Better than someone with perfect hearing (considering age) using a cheapo.

    Just my $0.02.

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    Thanks - that very model is what was recommended to me - they said less than that and I will not hear as well, spend more than that and Im wasting money (until I know how to use it well, or if I have a specialty, like working for cardiology)
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    Me too! I start in February! Congrats!
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    Quote from joshthenurseguy
    Just got my acceptance letter this afternoon and have orientation on the 15th! Any other new student murses starting this spring?

    I start January 23rd! WOOT WOOT!
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    I am a RN already... I just want to say good luck to everyone... I start my MSN program at USF this Spring...
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    Yay congrats to everyone who got in to their programs. I'm excited to start in the spring!
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    I also start spring!!! Congrats to everyone!!
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    I start Jan 08! I'm anxious!
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    Congrats to all male nurses that are about to start the most interesting ride known as "Nursing School" this Spring.

    As far as stethoscopes go, I would suggest one of the Littman series, probably the Lightweight as a good starter. I've been using stethoscopes long enough that I can pretty much use any steth I am handed because I know what I'm listening for. In other words, I'd be fine with a $12 cheapie or a $400 electronic steth, or anything in between.

    My current personal steths are a Littman Cardiology III and an OLD Littman Lightweight. One runs about $150 or so, the other runs about $40, last I checked. Neither leaves my side... I do not lend them out and I don't leave them anywhere. I have had both for approximately 12 years and I expect to have them for another few years...

    Finding a good stethoscope that meets your needs is something that just takes time and a little research. Most importantly, train your ears for the sounds you need to hear. Once you know what to listen for, you'll be able to pick up what you need even if all you have is a cheap steth.
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    I highly recommend Littmann all the way, I personally own Master Classic II BE and its been so much helpful in listening and assessing patients. I had classmates that had so much trouble with their stethoscopes, littmann has a very sensible diapraghm, and you could definetely hear the difference, its worth to pay the extra mnoney to get something you want to keep for couple of years down the road!

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