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by rafv rafv Member

Hi all! I am in my third semester of a 4 semester ADN program. Just wondering if anybody has any invaluable tools they would recommend? I found a foldable clipboard online but not sure it would fit in the pocket of my scrub top. Anybody use the foldable clipboard? Thanks in advance for any tips! :)

No opinions on the foldable clipboard....? What about EKG calipers? I've been reading some reviews, and the reviews seem to revolve around the plastic cover staying on. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance! I hate to spend the money and realize I've bought a dud! :)

Btw, the best money I've spent (in nursing school) has been on the book "Clinical pathophysiology made ridiculously simple"..,,

I stopped using a clipboard when I switched to CCU. EKG calipers...I use to teach but not in practice unless there is a questionable rhythm strip, but I can usually figure it out without calipers. I always need scissors, Kelly clamps (hemostats), pens, mini Sharpie, a good light source to check pupils (not a nursing penlight) , Littman stethoscope, cheap calculator to figure out insulin gtts, snacks, water, coffee, and gum. Probably not what you wanted to hear, but true!

akulahawkRN, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 6 years experience.

I stopped using a clipboard when I switched to CCU. EKG calipers...I use to teach but not in practice unless there is a questionable rhythm strip, but I can usually figure it out without calipers. I always need scissors, Kelly clamps (hemostats), pens, mini Sharpie, a good light source to check pupils (not a nursing penlight) , Littman stethoscope, cheap calculator to figure out insulin gtts, snacks, water, coffee, and gum. Probably not what you wanted to hear, but true!

That's pretty much my list too. I found that a folding clipboard fits in my inside vest pocket, but it also renders the pocket on the outside less functional because the fabric is so tight that you can't easily get anything in there.

As to the EKG calipers, you can do pretty much everything you need using a piece of paper and something to make marks with. In any event, generally speaking, you should be able to determine rhythm by looking at the strip. I find that I only have to use the "caliper" method when the heart rate is too fast to simply eyeball for irregularly irregular QRS complexes. It's much easier to see when the rate isn't all that fast...

PediatricRNTX

Specializes in Pediatrics.

My watch! It has regular AND military time!! Waterproof, and cute....$20

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Thanks so much for the tips! PediatricRNTX, what kind of watch do you have? Thanks again!

My watch! It has regular AND military time!! Waterproof, and cute....$20

Ha, that's the kind of watch I need... I'm not too good with military time without counting on my fingers.

I bought my Baby G watch over 10 years ago for $15 because it has military time, date, day of week, and a light. Yes it was cheap because I got a discontinued color at the outlet. Baby G watches run $60-100 now. I thought about replacing mine because the lavender color is sorta tan now, but after pricing a replacement, I just changed the battery. Timex also makes a military type watch that is less expensive. If you look around, you can probably find one that isn't too pricey.

Thanks! :)

PatMac10,RN, RN

Specializes in Nursing Education, CVICU, Float Pool. Has 8 years experience.

I use the foldable clipboard and it fits in my clinical uniform and scrub pockets. I recommend the Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2013 Classic for Nurses. I had the 2012 edition and it was a life saver in both pharm and clinical. There is a version available for Apple Products.

To be honest, an IPhone, I, general would be a great investment. No lie, 70% of my class have iPhones.

PediatricRNTX

Specializes in Pediatrics.

Thanks so much for the tips! PediatricRNTX, what kind of watch do you have? Thanks again!

I have a Prestige cyber gel watch...I've used for about a year...$20...if it breaks..o well..got my use out of it!! I think I bought it from amazon.

Thank you! :)

FlyingScot, RN

Specializes in Peds/Neo CCT,Flight, ER, Hem/Onc. Has 28 years experience.

The small light blue Tubex adapter. If you can get your hands on one, guard it with your life!

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Edited by FlyingScot

I keep a spiral notebook or notepad (5x7) with me, it fits in my cargo pocket or top pocket. Scissors. Pen light, a good pen, and a GOOD steth. I've been using a cheap-o steth, and i kinda hate it, cant wait to upgrade. Have a few apps on my phone that are amazing, I've gotten more use out of my Davis drug guide than any other text I have so far.

I've got a clipboard that you can store things in. It's great! I put all my paperwork, my scissors, pen, penlight and Littman in it. It's great!

I've got a clipboard that you can store things in. It's great! I put all my paperwork' date=' my scissors, pen, penlight and Littman in it. It's great![/quote']

Where did you purchase the clipboard, if you don't mind me asking!

Mommy&RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg & Hospice & Dialysis. Has 6 years experience.

Staples, Office Depot carry them. Medscape app i use nearly every shift.

Staples' date=' Office Depot carry them. Medscape app i use nearly every shift.[/quote']

Thank you so much!!