I am applying to three Nursing programs at different regional campuses through Kent State University (better chances of getting in next Fall 2012). I talked to the Director of the nursing program for one campus and she said that if I keep my grades up, I will be hearing from them next March to start the program in August. So I have been searching for the perfect stethoscope to purchase. I currently have a Littmann Lightweight ii S.E. that I used when I was an EMT-Basic in Michigan, let's just say I can't hear a thing with it. Everything is so faint, even taking bp's are difficult. I have heard that this is the worst scope Littmann has made and that it is a poor scope in general.
Now I have done some research, online and through allnurses.com. The Littmann Cardiology III gets rave reviews from many people who have it and also there are a select few that say they still can't hear a thing with it. The people who say they can't hear a thing with the Littmann Cardio III say that the Ultrascope is the best scope they have ever used, but there are also people who say they can't hear with the Ultrascope but can with the Littmann cardio III. I know that each scope is different for everyone, so I understand that different things work for different people. I have also heard the Littmann Classic II S.E. is a great choice, but it's rating on the website is only 2 above the lightweight, the one I have now. Is it really that much better than the lightweight?
So I am in a bind on which scope to purchase, Littmann Cardiology III, Ultrascope or Littmann Classic II S.E. I want to be able to hear things clearly, even when the room is not quite. Any guidance would be appreciated!
Thank you so much for you help!