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!