Your favorite nursing gadget? - page 5

What is your favorite nursing gadget (can be practical and necessary, like your stethoscope or nursing shoes, or just for fun). I admit that I am a bit of a freak about office supplies in general,... Read More

  1. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from chenoaspirit
    my pocket pulse-ox. Its small and fits right in my pocket. I can whip it out and have a pulse and O2 sat without having to search the floor for the big BP cart pulseox. I love it. I also love my bandage scissors. My favorite pen is the fat Ambien pens that have the gripper. I bought a huge box of them off ebay and have almost used them all.
    Where did you get the pocket pulse ox from? I was looking for one! Pray tell...
  2. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from beachbutterfly
    I order these and I really like it www.rnreportcard.com
    THAT is NICE!! I may order some for myself and friends!!
  3. by   chenoaspirit
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    Where did you get the pocket pulse ox from? I was looking for one! Pray tell...
    I got it off ebay. I have the Nonin Onyx, you dont have to change sensors or anything. It uses one AAA battery. Its a bit pricey compared to other brands though, but I like it better.
  4. by   chenoaspirit
    If I still worked in the hospital, I would definitely get those rnreportcards. That is pretty cool, but then again, you can make your own on a computer. I make everything printed on my computer.
  5. by   madnurse2b
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    The iPhone

    Hey, you asked...

    cheers,
    :yeahthat: I truly am in love with my iPhone - it's sad really.

    And...I know that everyone likes the dang map machines and we only have to have one 'cause I'm in nursing school and all - but I have this welch allyn BP sphygmo that I can snap on to the disposable cuffs, and hold up to my old eyes. I admit I still love doing a BP by hand so I can hear with my own ears (I swear some of those machines are NOT calibrated), and I can hold the meter up to my old eyes and SEE it. It rocks -
    http://www.welchallyn.com/products/e...0000001162.htm
    I am a dork - yes I am
  6. by   nkochrn
    Quote from shocker29
    Having computers in everyroom is priceless-- along with Micromedex (agree with whoever said that earlier). I can look up what is compatible with what in a snap right at the bedside. Also, LOVE having artlines to draw blood out of, and LOVE being able to run ABG's right on the unit in a couple of seconds. Not really gadgets, but I lose EVERYthing, so they are not worth buying!
    ooohhhh I am soooo jealous!!! I would love to AT LEAST have laptops to take to every room, but we don't even have computer charting yet!

    I lose all my gadgets too. I'm kinda fond of some certain pens and have been working on finding some.
  7. by   chenoaspirit
    Quote from madnurse2b
    :yeahthat: I truly am in love with my iPhone - it's sad really.

    And...I know that everyone likes the dang map machines and we only have to have one 'cause I'm in nursing school and all - but I have this welch allyn BP sphygmo that I can snap on to the disposable cuffs, and hold up to my old eyes. I admit I still love doing a BP by hand so I can hear with my own ears (I swear some of those machines are NOT calibrated), and I can hold the meter up to my old eyes and SEE it. It rocks -
    http://www.welchallyn.com/products/e...0000001162.htm
    I am a dork - yes I am
    Did you buy one of your own? How much did it cost? The sphygmo we use for homehealth is so NOT accurate. I guess those things are supposed to be calibrated?
  8. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from chenoaspirit
    If I still worked in the hospital, I would definitely get those rnreportcards. That is pretty cool, but then again, you can make your own on a computer. I make everything printed on my computer.
    That is what I was thinking; I can copy off of the web site and make my own. I work in a hospital clinic, however, and would have to abbreviate it quite a bit, but I certainly would make a similar one for when I work per diem.
  9. by   Aneroo
    Quote from roser13
    "my multicolor pen... I can keep track of things that need to be done on a time schedule vs basic pt info when I get report... all I have to do is quickly look over my paperwork and I can easily spot reminders for meds, labs, specimens, accuchecks, etc... I *heart* my multicolor pen..."

    Well, I used to feel that way about my multicolor pen, except I couldn't ever find a use for green ink. So when I went to throw the pen away, I had a hard time doing so, knowing that there was a full well of green ink (OK, so my dad was a depression baby and taught me well!).

    Seems to me that overall, nurses and their pens are not to be messed with!
    My husband loves those as well. He only needed to use the red and black inks though. We removed the blue and green and replaced those with black!
  10. by   HmarieD
    As a Home Health nurse, I love the Ready-Med balls for IV meds. It's like a thick rubber balloon filled with IV medication using negative pressure in some way so that the med infuses at the proper rate, has tubing attached and is already primed. All you do is attach to the pt's IV, unclamp, and let it go. Can be set up without regard to gravity. It is the BERRIES! Great for teaching family caregivers to use.
  11. by   shugrr22107NA
    TAPE! (after my 4 color pens of course...)
  12. by   NursingStudent5548
    I have so many...I have been working in hospital settings since I was 13 volunteering.
    All Time Faves-
    My Palm TX
    My Ipod Touch

    Army Combat Medic Pocket Essentials
    Tourniquets
    Kerlix
    Coban
    Tegaderm

    Scrub Pocket Essentials
    Pocket Pulse Ox
    Mini Bath and Body moisturing antibacterial hand lotion (VERY SENSITIVE Skin)
    Digital Thermometer w/ Covers
    Favorite Pens (labeled w/ label maker...lol obsessive bout getting them back...to many ppl don't even bring a pen)
    Chapstick
    Gloves
  13. by   jeannepaul
    I work in home hospice and I could not do without my headlamp. I got it at home depot and it is a must when inserting foleys in the home, heck, I would use it anywhere!

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