Which Stethoscope should I get? - page 2

by A_Rose83

I start nursing school in January and I am looking to get a good stethoscope. I am looking at the Littman Master Classic or the Littman Cardiology III. Anyone have any feedback?... Read More


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    Littmann Master Classic II for nursing school is a good scope and will serve you well. I upgraded to a Littmann Cardiology III once I hit the floor just because I was afraid I wasn't hearing everything -- at 47, maybe my hearing is going. The Cardiology is superb but it's heavy, so I am not as comfortable wearing it around my neck. I have it tricked out with a little bracelet with my name on it and follow the docs around when they borrow it. I also have an Ultrascope, which is great, but I've broken the diaphragm off twice -- not very durable if you are a little rough with your stuff, which I am.
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    I also start nursing school in January and although the nursing department told students we could get whatever stethoscope we wanted (as long as it has a diaphragm and a bell), they highly recommended we get the Littman Cardiology III, or the best one we could afford. So for an early Christmas present, I asked my family for a pink Cardiology III with my name engraved.
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    Either the Littmann Classic II SE or Master Classic would be good choices.

    I wouldn't get the higher-end Littmanns as a student because 1. steths do tend to walk away during clincials, 2. you don't need anything more powerful right now, and 3. once you start working, you can get the advanced steth best suited for your specialty.
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    Quote from A_Rose83
    I start nursing school in January and I am looking to get a good stethoscope. I am looking at the Littman Master Classic or the Littman Cardiology III. Anyone have any feedback?
    Littman Cardiology III
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    Think labs...electronic especially if you plan on going to critical care or trauma...lots of noise around you no problem!
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    Quote from A_Rose83
    I start nursing school in January and I am looking to get a good stethoscope. I am looking at the Littman Master Classic or the Littman Cardiology III. Anyone have any feedback?
    The one that you hear best with and can afford.

    Try them, wear them, try them again, and determine which is best for you.
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    I have a cardio 3 but it was a hand me down from my mom. I love it but im not sure that I would have paid that much if I had to have bought it myself.
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    Definetly a Littman! Actually if I were just starting I would get the Littman Classic. The acoustics are very good, and then I would graduate from there. Littman's are great-they last very long and you don't have to worry about the rubber cracking. At best you will have to replace the diaphram, and maybe the occasional ear piece, but it will last you. One suggestion: NEVER let anyone use your stethoscope! I have always been adamant about that! If I'm carrying it, it stays around my neck or in my pocket. I always carry some alcohol wipes in my pocket to wipe my ear pieces, but it's always been a very personal thing with me. I'll let you borrow my pen, highlighter, scissors. But my 'scope?? Sorry, not today!! Good Luck in school!!
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    I start nursing school next week. My mom works at MCH and bought me the Littmann Cardiology III as an early Christmas gift. She also said NEVER let anyone borrow your steth ( just as payitforward said). She said that is the best steth to go with whether a nursing student or nurse.
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    I think the Littmann Classic II S.E. is perfect for nursing students. The price isn't too bad imo but you can at least hear with it. Cheaper stethoscopes do not have good acoustics. Same with the cheaper Littmanns, too...the Lightweight and the Classic have horrible acoustics. I would not recommend those to anybody. The Littmann Classic II S.E., however, delivers. I paid $80 for mine.
    I bought mine years ago through my nursing school (they offered a significant discount), and I still use it all these years later. I have never felt the need to upgrade. It remains a terrific combination of price and performance.


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