What's In Your Pocket? - page 5

wanting to hear from you first year nurses about what you carry in your pockets and why, what could you not live without. I know I need a good watch, stethescope, hemastats, ............what else?... Read More

  1. by   deanaRN
    This is what a hip clip looks like. OOPS - the link doesn't work, enter hip clip in the search box to see it.
  2. by   tm64
    A kelly clamp is much larger than a hemostat. A hemostat is for small vessels and arteries whereas a kelly is used to clamp muscle, fat, bowel etc....
  3. by   luvkitties
    Quote from Indy
    Two pockets. I'm freaky and separate things into two groups, and always expect to find the stuff in the correct pocket.

    Right pocket: two pens, narc keys, lotion, fingernail clippers, scribble paper/pad.

    Left pocket: penlight, scissors, hemastats, alcohol wipes, electrode pads. If I have a rubber band on my wrist it's from the charge paper from some bag of fluids, and the paper wound up in the left pocket. Rubber band is to remind me to do something with the paper.

    Watch on wrist, steth around neck... heaven help me on the day I wear the jacket with four pockets, then stuff winds up in all the wrong places and I can't find any of it.
    LOL...sounds like me! :chuckle
  4. by   mcknis
    Duct tape to shut up my pts and when they choose not to, or I can't force them to, I carry ear plugs. :wink2:

    What else is needed?

    Oh we're being serious...well then...I carry pens, highlighter, sharpie, dry erase marker, tape measure (disposable), cheat sheet of Dr.'s and in-house #'s, car keys, gum/mints, chapstick, money, 2x2's, alcohol pads, extra pair of gloves, scissors, and penlight. Also carry a clipboard with other cheat sheets in it, steth around my neck, and tape around the steth.

    Everything I carry I use on a daily basis, except for the penlight. I don't use it much, but I have been without a flashlight before and I don't want to ever go back to that incident again. More for my own safety, but so many more uses for it.

    I am also curious as to what our wonderful psych/correctional nurses carry? I know with the security precautions, they must remain vigilant, and many of the items mentioned already would slow them down tremendously.
  5. by   all4schwa
    Quote from tm64
    A kelly clamp is much larger than a hemostat. A hemostat is for small vessels and arteries whereas a kelly is used to clamp muscle, fat, bowel etc....
    what? where do you work? i would run if i saw any of the aforementioned!!

    the luer locks at my new facility are tricksy, that's all i use it for....
  6. by   muffie
    pen , med cart key
  7. by   princesscr
    3 inch scissors
    G-2 .05 fine point pen
    PDA with Davis Drug Guide and Tabers Medical Dictionary
  8. by   hica19
    alcohol wipes, betadine wipes (we care for a lot of central lines where I work), tape, black pen, sharpie, pen light
  9. by   soulsearcher
    :wink2: once again, the chat on this forum is helpful!! i am a very new rn (passed nclex last week!) and yet to pin down my first job! i wrote these items, down; you know just to be prepared. thanks all!
  10. by   badtz143
    bare necessities in your pocket
    are saline flushes, alcohol pads/wipes
    and well you wear your watch =)
    I also like to keep those blue caps in my pocket
    for IV tubing that needs to be saved for next
  11. by   hica19
    now that I've been working on the floor a bit longer, I've added more things to my pocket. I've had too many experiences where I was giving g-tube meds and y-connecting IV tubings where there were no fresh tape available to secure the sites. Therefore now I always keep a roll of tape in my pocket. I also carry a lot of alcohol and betadine pads (we have a lot of kids with central lines and policy is to use betadine before dropping IV meds into the buretrol ports, drawing blood, etc.), small notepad of blank paper, black pen, my watch (strap is broken), and each nurse on the floor uses this really neat "cellphone" type phone to call various departments of the hospital, and after paging doctors on the computer, the doctors could call us directly back on there. It's much better because we can do something else while waiting for the doctors to call us back rather than waiting by the deskphones.
  12. by   lvs2nrs3535
    right pocket, alcohol wipes, sharpie, red pen, blackpen, highlighter, left pocket, tao, (triple antibiotic ointment), in LTC someone is always getting a little cut or scrape, their skin is so fragile. camoseptine lotion, (again, LTC, someones bottom is red, the camo works awesome to save them from a raw behind) 2 2 by 2's, 2 4 by 4's, 2 jtube dsg's, back pocket, brains, right pants pocket, lil $$, leave my car keys and cell phone in my lunch box in the front zippered pocket. Stethoscope in the drawer with other vital signs equipement.
    With 24 patients, vitals are done once a week unless needed, or unless they are skilled, in which case they are daily. I only have 4 skilled right now, so I do them all at once start of shift.
  13. by   jabiru
    Quote from jonear2
    steth around the neck (beware of the nurse who never has a stethoscope)
    Why? I can usually find a hospital stethoscope in any of the patients' rooms. What's the advantage in carrying my own?

    I don't carry half of what the peope who've posted have mentioned. I don't think my trousers would stay up if I loaded myself down with all the extra stuff. Convenient, but extra.