Which stethoscope would you nurses recommend? I'm starting an RN program in Jan...I want a GOOD one that will last me throught school and into my career. Please help! Post links/pics if you can! Thanks!
The cardiology is SO heavy!! It weighed a ton on my neck, made my jacket lopsided if I put it in my jacket pocket, and made my pants hard to keep up when I wore it on a hip clip. I got one for school & ended up buying a master classic which is much lighter & performs the same, I think. I agree with getting it engraved, whichever you choose.
I got a Littman Master Classic and love it! I can hear breath sounds even on a morbidly obese patient with no problems at all. I had it engraved, and managed to lose it on the first day of lab. Luckily, someone turned it into lost and found. I feel that having it engraved helped with that.
My boyfriend has a littman classic II and really likes it. However, a nurse I know has the littman cardiology one and the sound is Awesome! I start in January as well and am leaning towards the cardiology one.
Littman classic 2..... I like my students to have the bell and the intenser... Many come with ultrascopes, which I myself have, but it really takes years to be able to utilize an ultrascope because it is pressure and experience related. I do not recommend a cardiac stethoscope, because you are a new student, most teachers want to teach you from the ground up.... Classic 2 by litman comes in about 12 colors, two lenths, durable and cost around $100, I still have mine from 1998!
the Littmann Classic II S.E. is a great scope for students and to be carried on into your nursing career. I had that one and loved it, then I upgraded to the Littmann Cardiology III and I love that one even more. If you're going to purchase a Littmann, I think at least go with the Classic II S.E. The Littmann Lightweight is cheaper and truly feels like you're wearing nothing around your neck, but that's all it is. I've had nurses tell me not to purchase that one. I have some coworkers who use a Lightweight and I have borrowed their stethoscope and the acoustics are very poor compared to the Classic II and especially to the Cardiology III.
If you purchase a Littmann, don't let it leave your sight! They have a tendency to "walk off"...and if you have a physician wanting to borrow it, make sure you get it back!!! The physicians I work with have all been great with returning my scope but one nearly walked away with it! D:
I have 2 excellent stethoscopes. The master cardiology and MDF ER premiere, the master cardiology is >$200 the MDF cost about $160 or something like that. I like the Littman because it weighs less but the MDF gives me better auscultation IMHO.
If you can go to a medical supply store and try them out. In school you don't need to have the best of the best but it will help to start out with the best you can afford. Personally I would buy apps for my phone before tangible equipment. You will also want to see what books they give you and then supplement from there. I know I used a ton of the drug guide apps, lab apps, and other things all the time except in the actual hospital. We were not allowed to touch our phones when in the hospital setting for clinicals.