Help! NEED STETHOSCOPE ASAP!

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    Hi,

    So this spring semester I will be starting clinicals for the first time and I'm SOOO anxious, nervous, and a little bit of everything else about the whole experience. Therefore, its only right that I acquire the best type of tools for clinicals. Yet, I don't know where to find a stethoscope! I'm hesitant to settle for online shopping because I would like to actually hold and test out my stethoscope before I purchase it. Can anyone name some great stores where I can purchase a quality stethoscope? I live in Chicago but go to school in New Hampshire btw. Thanks everyone!
    Last edit by EbonyQueen on Jan 7, '12
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    Hello and welcome to the site. For better response, I moved your thread to the Nursing Scrubs/Uniforms/Gear forum.

    Good luck finding what you need.
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    Most medical supply stores have them. There is a uniform outlet store where I get my scrubs and they carry them; both the less expensive ones (15-20 dollars) which I am using now and some Littman's (but not the really expensive ones). I refuse to buy a nice one until I actually pass the NCLEX. That will be my present to myself
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    I'm starting clinicals too and I got myself the less expensive Littmann Select II. On the Medisave website, they will engrave for free..a must with some of the stealing that sometimes occurs. Good luck!
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    u cannot go wrong with a littman. Just don't get the cheapest one. But obviously, not the most expensive b/c you are a broke student.

    Truth is, you don't need a fancy one, you're not going to make life changing decisions with it, lol. Or will you...hmmm.
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    I've been reading quite a bit about stethoscopes. It seems that a good majority of RNs will recommend the Littmann Classic II for nursing students. Would anyone reccommend the Littmann Lightweight? (It's about $20 cheaper).


    I hate to look for the cheapest thing out there, but as you all know, getting started as a nurse is expensive! Tuition, lab fees, scrubs, shoes, textbooks, study guides, drug guides, labs reference guides, care plan guides, watch, stethoscope, coffee, louder alarm clock...
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    I used a Littmann Classic II all through nursing school. I loved it!! It was lightweight and you can hear well with it. It wasn't that expensive and I know that Allheart sells them pretty inexpensively.
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    Quote from libby11
    IWould anyone reccommend the Littmann Lightweight? (It's about $20 cheaper).


    I hate to look for the cheapest thing out there, but as you all know, getting started as a nurse is expensive! Tuition, lab fees, scrubs, shoes, textbooks, study guides, drug guides, labs reference guides, care plan guides, watch, stethoscope, coffee, louder alarm clock...
    A stethoscope is the one thing you don't want to cheap out on. It's your most important tool, you use it everyday, you use it a lot, and you'll use it for years.. I started out with the cheaper Littmann lightweight, had to get another before too long (it works ok if you're just doing BP's) . I kept resisting shelling out the big bucks for a good stethoscope, Kept buying different brands of less expensive ones. (which ended up costing me more than if I had just bought a good one in the first place!) I finally bought a Littmann cardiology II. It is the one thing I couldn't do without, I absolutely love it.(so does everyone else! other nurses are always wanting to borrow it when they are having difficulty hearing heart/lung sounds.):spin: I wouldn't use anything else. I've had it ten years. The classic II is good too, but the cardiology was well worth the price.(don't get the Master with the one sided chestpiece, it's not a good one for beginners) Also, make a cover for the tubing of any stethoscope you use or it will become brittle over time. Littmann will replace the tubing for free if it cracks or breaks-lifetime guarantee! Perhaps you could save a little each week brown-bagging lunch, skip daily coffees, or something like that, until you have enough.
    Also "worksource" has a program that helps with things like that. Local service organizations/clubs (Eagles, Elks, VFW, etc.. sometimes help buy equipment and uniforms for needy nursing students. They do in my area. Just start calling around, you might be pleasantly surprised!
    Last edit by nursecat64 on Jan 23, '12 : Reason: typos
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    I used the Lightweight II for the last year of school. I found that cheap stethoscopes felt really clunky and heavy after a couple of hours, and some had little pieces that would grab little back-of-the-neck hairs. Ouch!

    Now I work in ortho med-surg and am still using the Lightweight. I love it!
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    I can't say this enough. Walmart has a great stethoscope in a box for $15 bucks. I have had several Littmanns and couldn't hear a thing (just me?). This is a great professional looking stethoscope that I can hear a gnat's heart with.
    Do-over likes this.


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