Which watch is best?

  1. I have always been fond of digital watches. I enjoy being able to quickly change from standard to military time with one button. I usually buy as cheap as I can while still having a light to see the time.

    Since I have looked into nursing school, I have found many people telling me to avoid digital watches and opt for a second hand watch. Is this really necessary? I know several doctors, nurses, EMTs, CNAs/STNAs, and others who use digital watches and seem to do fine. I have seen many ERs, ICUs and even entire hospitals switch over to digital clocking systems. Is it beneficial only in this area? I have heard that it all depends on what time frame you were raised in that determines what kind you will use. Please explain.

    I am looking for advice from everyone out there. Which kind of watch do you wear and why? Can vitals be taken as easily with a digital vs second hand watch? I am looking for a watch with seconds (digital or second hand), indiglo/light, lightweight, and reasonably cheap.

    Thanks always.
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   goodn
    With these over 40 eyes, I say any watch that you can see is good! :>)
  4. by   Larry77
    One of the nurses at work has a Nike watch that is digital but has seconds counting int he background in huge numbers...might be something to consider...I have no idea how much they run though. Take a look at Ebay they have tons of watches very cheap.
  5. by   Hoozdo
    Quote from mcknis
    I have always been fond of digital watches. I enjoy being able to quickly change from standard to military time with one button. I usually buy as cheap as I can while still having a light to see the time.

    Since I have looked into nursing school, I have found many people telling me to avoid digital watches and opt for a second hand watch. Is this really necessary? I know several doctors, nurses, EMTs, CNAs/STNAs, and others who use digital watches and seem to do fine. I have seen many ERs, ICUs and even entire hospitals switch over to digital clocking systems. Is it beneficial only in this area? I have heard that it all depends on what time frame you were raised in that determines what kind you will use. Please explain.

    I am looking for advice from everyone out there. Which kind of watch do you wear and why? Can vitals be taken as easily with a digital vs second hand watch? I am looking for a watch with seconds (digital or second hand), indiglo/light, lightweight, and reasonably cheap.

    Thanks always.
    I have learned you better have one that is semi-water proof too. All that handwashing does impact your watch!
  6. by   kadokin
    Yes, waterproof w/a sweep second hand. And a BIG, easily-readable face. I have a timex indiglo which is very handy in the late-night hours. I have never tried to use a digital watch to time resp'r'ns or pulse, but I would think it would present a problem w/precision b/c you would have to wait until the minute changes. W/a sweep second hand, you would be able to tell that just by glancing at it, w/o having to wait for the digits to flip. I have seen some folks use a pendant-type watch attached to their shirt, too. I would think this would be a little easier than twisting the wristwatch around your wrist to find the face. I don't like the metal expandbles b/c moisture gets trapped under them too easily when you are constantly washing your hands and it grabs onto and pulls those little arm hairs. OUCH!
  7. by   nialloh
    Quote from kadokin
    Yes, waterproof w/a sweep second hand. And a BIG, easily-readable face. I have a timex indiglo which is very handy in the late-night hours. I have never tried to use a digital watch to time resp'r'ns or pulse, but I would think it would present a problem w/precision b/c you would have to wait until the minute changes. W/a sweep second hand, you would be able to tell that just by glancing at it, w/o having to wait for the digits to flip. I have seen some folks use a pendant-type watch attached to their shirt, too. I would think this would be a little easier than twisting the wristwatch around your wrist to find the face. I don't like the metal expandbles b/c moisture gets trapped under them too easily when you are constantly washing your hands and it grabs onto and pulls those little arm hairs. OUCH!
    Too true. I used a digital watch for years. One day the battery died and I had to use my analog watch. I found it faster and easier to use. I also use waterproof watches.
  8. by   Chad_KY_SRNA
    If I wear a watch it has a second hand. I personally don't like the looks of digital watches, my uncle who is a nurse always wears digital watches and he has never complained about it.
  9. by   Jessy_RN
    I bought a waterproof watch with seconds hand and changeable strap. Very cheap too but does the job.

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