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All about the bling...

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Specializes in CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele. Has 27 years experience.

Many Nurses place charms, coverings, and other ornaments on their stethoscopes. It may be a good way to individualize your instrument and possibly reduce the chances of it getting lost. But, maybe you don't know if it is o.k. with your employer. Is it appropriate, problematic, safe? Hospital policy/procedure should address this. How many of you place bling on your stethoscope?

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OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

I loved wearing cute scrubs when I worked in peds, but I never got into "blinging out" my stethoscope. I was 21 when I graduated from my LVN program, so I was young. Now I'm 26 & I wouldn't do it.

vintage_RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 7 years experience.

I have a little beaded bracelet with my name on it that I have wrapped around my stethoscope...I'll probably get it engraved one day but it helps me know which one is mine since I have a popular colour.

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 9 years experience.

I have my name engraved on the bell. that's it

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

I do not. Between the high incidence of drug resistant infections in my patient population combined with my pediatric patients reaching out to touch/play/attempt to mouth pretty much anything within reach. I save my "unique" choices for the color of my scope (happens to be clear right now) and funky or cartoon scrubs (since I work with a pediatric population they appreciate my choices).

calivianya, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

I have a "sweater" on my stethoscope that I wash with my scrubs. It is less about the bling and more about protecting my stethoscope from my neck oils, since I always wear my stethoscope around my neck. Not to mention, it is one extra fuzzy piece of "warm" that I appreciate in the freezer-cold hospital.

Lennonninja, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in MICU - CCRN, IR, Vascular Surgery. Has 10 years experience.

I have one simple CharmMed charm on my stethoscope because I have an all black model Littman that several other nurses have on my floor.

cardiacfreak, ADN

Specializes in Hospice.

I have a red allergy armband wrapped around it so I can tell mine from others.

UTHSC_Bound, BSN

Specializes in Case Management. Has 7 years experience.

I have a red allergy armband wrapped around it so I can tell mine from others.

SAME! Good thing we dont work together! ;)

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

I used to hang a roll of tape on my scope. That tape came in soooooo handy at times.

jaycam, RN

Has 2 years experience.

I have a one with the rainbow colored metal. Only one I've seen in the wild with my color and the colorful metal, so I don't bother blinging in out further.

ilikesharpthings

Specializes in Med-Surg ICU. Has 6 years experience.

I have a red allergy armband wrapped around it so I can tell mine from others.

I have the pink restricted limb band on mine!

I have a stethoscope ring with aurora borealis crystals on my scope- and I'm an older nurse. :)

OCNRN63, RN

Specializes in Oncology; medical specialty website.

I used to hang a roll of tape on my scope. That tape came in soooooo handy at times.

I used an IV extension set (the small one) and hung my tape from that, then attached it to the stethoscope.

Nonyvole, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency.

I used an IV extension set (the small one) and hung my tape from that, then attached it to the stethoscope.

Ooh! I'm going to have to do that! Thanks!

As for the original question: I don't put anything on my stethoscope. It has my name printed on the tube, and I'm the only one in my unit with that particular make/model/color. I do leave it at the desk, and if it wanders off, well, there is a finite list of people that I have to track down. (Always a doctor, for some reason. But they're good about giving it back.)

Ooh! I'm going to have to do that! Thanks!

As for the original question: I don't put anything on my stethoscope. It has my name printed on the tube, and I'm the only one in my unit with that particular make/model/color. I do leave it at the desk, and if it wanders off, well, there is a finite list of people that I have to track down. (Always a doctor, for some reason. But they're good about giving it back.)

I once went on a field trip c our practice's hospitalist and noticed that he had like six or eight stethoscopes on the floor in the back seat. He said they were the ones he borrowed and never gave back. Most of them had some sort of ID on them. I whacked him on the arm.

This is why I always put my name on the INSIDE of the diaphragm (write backwards, so when you put it back in place it's legible and you can alcohol-clean it without removing the writing). I also used to hang my pen from the crossbar, using an old IV tubing with a latex flash-bulb stretched over the end of the pen. The tubing was long enough to keep the pen in my pocket...and long enough that I ALWAYS got it back if I lent it to a doc seeing one of my patients.

You lent your pen to a doc, you're braver than me LOL.