Where do you keep your stethescope? - page 3

Ok I'm a second year nursing student in my BSN, in clinical i don't know where to put my stethescope. i want it on my all the time to keep it handy I hate the way it feels around my neck, and it... Read More

  1. by   stidget99
    Quote from Still Riding
    Ok I'm a second year nursing student in my BSN, in clinical i don't know where to put my stethescope. i want it on my all the time to keep it handy I hate the way it feels around my neck, and it always seems to get in the way there. I tried having it in my pants side pocket but it seems to me that that may not be the best thing for my littman. with all the tubing bent.

    SO what does every one do with theirs to carry them around? is there some system available?

    thanx SR
    i also found that around the neck didn't work too well. i also had one pt nearly strangle me w/ it. my solution is to wear it on my shoulder...feels much the same as wearing a purse. only problem is when bending over so at that point, it goes around my neck for just a brief time then back over the shoulder. works for me!!
  2. by   DeniseRNBSN
    Quote from saskrn
    I realize there is the possibility of a patient choking you with your scope. But, I certainly don't do everything my instructors told me, from years ago. :chuckle
    ISN'T THAT THE TRUTH!!!! :chuckle
  3. by   Morguein
    I hate to wear my stethescope around my neck. It always gets caught on the rails of the bed when I bend over it. After I use it, I put it back in my bag at my desk (I work in ICU and we have our own desks. Very convenient).
  4. by   NurseFirst
    Quote from Moonepie
    I hate to wear my stethescope around my neck. It always gets caught on the rails of the bed when I bend over it. After I use it, I put it back in my bag at my desk (I work in ICU and we have our own desks. Very convenient).
    well gee whiz. There's a study for all kinds of things. Now, I will do things my instructors tell me to do -- because they are my instructors. And believe me, it's not uncommon for the current term instructor to do things different than the previous term instructor! However, as for someone telling me "there's a study"--I'd like to know where and when so I can read it for myself. Frequently, people quote studies in a way that has little to do with the reality of the study (done in the news media ALL the time.).

    I wore my stethoscope around my neck 28 years when I first became an EMT and wear one around my neck in 2005 as a nursing student. Fortunately, our uniforms include a vest, so, if I want to keep it hidden, it is easy to do--it just goes under the vest!

    NurseFirst
  5. by   DDRN4me
    oops think that was me!:chuckle it feels like i have been wearing iit most of my life, so i do just hang it around my neck or in my schub jacket pocket..i have lost expensive littmans by setting thme down while doing pt. care (in the same room!) so..it doesnt leave me!
    Quote from miloisstinky
    i agree, i have a cheapo, so i wont cry if i lose it. scrunch it up in my pocket works for me. just don't hang it on your rear view mirror , or wear it to the grocery store, i swear i've seen it!!!! major faux pas......hahaha
  6. by   pediatriclpn
    I worked in a facility where you weren't allowed to wear it around your neck. It could cause neck strain, and be a WC issue. And we all know, we don't want that!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :uhoh21: The pants with the cargo pockets work, over the shoulder, and the med cart were my biggies.
  7. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    around my neck but my stethescope has arteriosclerosis (the tubing is getting hard) and hangs lopsided on my neck- drives me crazy. time to go shopping
  8. by   ICUnowOHN
    I wear cargo pants, and mine fits there just fine without bending the tubing, plus it's easy to access, and out of the way.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    mine stays around my neck til I go home, then it goes into a bag I keep to take to work.
  10. by   rebeccainlv
    I have a belt clip from allheart.com. I like it, but it makes a huge bulge under my scrub top. I tried clipping it to my lower front scrub pocket and that worked ok but it pulls the top of the pocket down. I tried putting it in my lower shirt pocket, but the earpieces get hooked on the bed rails.

    So, I'm going to keep trying to use the belt clip. Seems like the best option.
  11. by   abundantjoy07
    Around the neck. Or in a deep pocket in the front of my top. Never take it off. It's too expensive to get stolen...
  12. by   BETSRN
    Quote from Still Riding
    Ok I'm a second year nursing student in my BSN, in clinical i don't know where to put my stethescope. i want it on my all the time to keep it handy I hate the way it feels around my neck, and it always seems to get in the way there. I tried having it in my pants side pocket but it seems to me that that may not be the best thing for my littman. with all the tubing bent.

    SO what does every one do with theirs to carry them around? is there some system available?

    thanx SR
    I work on a small LDRP. Our unit supplies our stethoscopes because we need them at each delivery and in the nursery. A couple of the gals have their own but they just hang up with the rest of them. I just go and get one when I need one. I have my own but they stay at home (and one in the trunk of my car). The agency where I am also a per diem gives me one, also and that stays in my VNA bag in the trunk of my car as well.

    I like the idea of the waist clip, though. It is bulky but better than around the neck.
  13. by   CA CoCoRN
    Quote from saskrn
    I put mine around my neck. I have a Littman Master Cardiology, and it's heavy, but it's also almost $200, so I refuse to put it down where it can be snatched by someone else.
    I second that emotion!!! I have that same scope...and it's never gets out of my sight unless....well, it doesn't.

    Even when a couple of my "call themselves doctors but never live up to the stereotype of having a stethoscope with them always" doctor friends borrow it, I stalk them until it's returned...or they'll be writing me a check. But I'm serious.:stone

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