What type of stethoscope should I purchase for school? - page 2

I'll be starting nursing school soon and I'm pretty unfamiliar with the stuff I need to buy or where to even begin. I was just wondering if anyone had any recommendations on what brand/type of stethoscope should I maybe purchase... Read More

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    It's kind of like buying shoes...you can buy the $35 pair of running shoes that ALMOST fit, but they will hurt your feet and you will end up buying another pair because you can't stand the thought of blisters on your feet. OR you can invest in a quality pair of running shoes that fit your feet well and will last you for a few years.

    I went for the Card III because of the above rationale. Oh, and I am pretty hard of hearing (too many concerts), so I wanted the best steth I could get.
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    I would personally invest in a Littmann Classic II S.E. rather than buying a cheap Sprague or other $20 stethoscope that you'll probably have to replace a lot sooner than the Littmann.

    I purchased a Littman Classic II S.E. for nursing school and a lot of my other classmates also went with that option. It's great for students and nurses. I've had it for 5 years and it still works great and use it as a backup because I upgraded to the Cardiology III. The Cardiology III is better but more expensive. It's good for the type of nursing I do and it also includes a pediatric side which is nice. I've had the Cardiology III for 3 years, no problems.
    I had a Classic II S.E. for a long time... and lost it. I've also had a lightweight version that I've had since about 2001 or so, and a Cardiology III from about the same time. My lightweight is my backup and it performs quite well for a stethoscope that's in the $40 range. My Cardiology III goes with me everywhere I go that I'm going to need a stethoscope and if I lend it out, I make sure it comes back before the other person leaves the bedside. While I don't need a high dollar unit, it's a very nice upgrade, but I can do just fine with a $12-$20 cheap model.
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    I loved my Sprague Rappaport stethoscope! I used it in my Navy Corpsman days, as a Registered Medical Assistant and will probably purchase another one for back up when I get accepted into a BSN program.
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    When I was contemplating which to purchase a close friend told me to buy my last stethoscope first. She said most likely I would end up with a Littmann Cardiology III eventually so why not get one from the start. She said while in training you are learning what to listen for and a good quality stethoscope will help with that. I have used others to compare sound quality and discovered some are pretty good and others sound like they were made by Fisher Price. I purchased my current one in 2004, it has been to Iraq and used in the field, and I still use it today in nursing school.

    One word of caution... No matter which you choose, NEVER hang it on your car mirror. I did this to my first one. Just driving to and from my training site for 3 months, never left overnight, and it developed a permanent "crook" in it.
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    I couldn't afford top of the line while in nursing school because I had such a tight budget. I had to go with cheap everything, which was unfortunate as I also have poor hearing. For myself the cheapest littmann worked, albeit not that well. I think it was about $40 bucks in 2007.

    My advice to you would be to go to a store that sells scopes and try a variety. Find the cheapest one you can actually hear out of and then go home and google it. There were several sites I used to buy my supplies. For general supplies I used allheart, marcus medical, etc. For books I would go to the school, write down ISBN's and google. Amazon and textbooks.com usually had the cheapest prices. Always google and compare. When you find a site with what you need at the best price open another browser window and google promo codes, coupon codes, etc. for that site. Sometimes you will be able to find a discount or free shipping too!

    When you are working as a nurse you can then reward yourself with better quality supplies.
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    I think you should go on Amazon and get the cheapest one in case you loose it, you can always get another one.
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    I never understood the mentality of buy crap stuff in case you lose it/gets stolen/suddenly explodes.

    I liken it to my sunglasses and watches, the nicer ones you have, the better you treat it. I received my Master Classic II SE from my parents before school and have loved having it. It works so good that when my fiance started school, I bought her one too.
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    Just fyi, at the hospital where we had clinicals, some but not all of the instructors forbade us to wear a stethoscope around the neck because that is considered a safety hazard. We had to carry the scopes in our pockets because having one around your neck put it right where some craycray patient could wrap it around your neck and try to strangle you with it. I decided that carrying it in a pants of jacket pocket was a better idea. If you do that, the weight of the scope becomes a non-issue and you can just concentrate on getting the sound quality and sensitivity that you need at a price you can afford.
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    Quote from Streamline2010
    Just fyi, at the hospital where we had clinicals, some but not all of the instructors forbade us to wear a stethoscope around the neck because that is considered a safety hazard. We had to carry the scopes in our pockets because having one around your neck put it right where some craycray patient could wrap it around your neck and try to strangle you with it. I decided that carrying it in a pants of jacket pocket was a better idea. If you do that, the weight of the scope becomes a non-issue and you can just concentrate on getting the sound quality and sensitivity that you need at a price you can afford.
    Always hated it in my pocket. Darn ear things would always hook a bed, or a chair...I'd start walking a be yanked back cause it would grab me and some stationary object :/

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
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    Learning how to listen and how to interpret what you hear is enough of a challenge in Nursing School without having to deal with a poor quality stethoscope to make it more difficult. My advice is to go for the best quality you can afford. I have personally been happy with my Littman Classic II. If you do choose a common color, do get a name tag for it. I lost my burgundy one when both myself and another nurse left our identical stethoscopes at the hospital.
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