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
Aug 22, '06Joined: Oct '03; Posts: 60; Likes: 3This is what a hip clip looks like. OOPS - the link doesn't work, enter hip clip in the search box to see it.
Aug 22, '06Occupation: LPN Director Specialty: 23 year(s) of experience in and recently promoted to Director ; From: US ; Joined: Aug '06; Posts: 8; Likes: 1A 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....
Aug 22, '06Occupation: Family Medicine Specialty: 9 year(s) of experience in geri, med/surg, neuro critical care ; From: US ; Joined: Jan '05; Posts: 99; Likes: 46Quote from IndyLOL...sounds like me! :chuckleTwo 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.
Sep 8, '06Joined: Dec '05; Posts: 989; Likes: 439Duct 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.
Sep 8, '06Occupation: RN Specialty: Neuro ICU, Neuro/Trauma stepdown ; Joined: Oct '05; Posts: 525; Likes: 54Quote from tm64what? where do you work? i would run if i saw any of the aforementioned!!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....
the luer locks at my new facility are tricksy, that's all i use it for....
Sep 8, '06Occupation: cardiology R.N. Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience in cardiac med-surg ; From: CA ; Joined: May '03; Posts: 8,489; Likes: 147pen , med cart key
Sep 25, '06Joined: Dec '05; Posts: 5Hemastats
3 inch scissors
G-2 .05 fine point pen
PDA with Davis Drug Guide and Tabers Medical Dictionary
Sep 25, '06Joined: Jun '06; Posts: 134; Likes: 2alcohol wipes, betadine wipes (we care for a lot of central lines where I work), tape, black pen, sharpie, pen light
Sep 25, '06Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 14: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!
Sep 28, '06Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 21; Likes: 1bare 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
Oct 4, '06Joined: Jun '06; Posts: 134; Likes: 2now 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.
Oct 7, '06Occupation: RN, working for Temp Agency in Rehab positions Specialty: Med-Surg, LTC, Rehabiliation Nursing ; Joined: May '05; Posts: 138; Likes: 24right 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.
Oct 31, '06Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 26; Likes: 1Quote from jonear2Why? I can usually find a hospital stethoscope in any of the patients' rooms. What's the advantage in carrying my own?steth around the neck (beware of the nurse who never has a stethoscope)
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.