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How Much Junk do you Keep?

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NurseCard has 13 years experience as a ADN and works as a RN.

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I'm another person who keeps NOTHING. My work usually has plenty

of manuals, drug books, etc. to refer back to.

I've found that if I do keep stuff, I don't even end up referring back

to it. Things like power point presentations, etc, that I intend to

keep and refer back to, but just end up in the bottom of my

locker, never to be touched again.

I keep my stethoscope, that's it.

And I'll keep CEU's certificates, but only if I am afraid that

they will not easily be found online.

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NurseCard has 13 years experience as a ADN and works as a RN.

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Hey watch it, I happen to like Eddie Money. :laugh:

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That is awesome!! We went from 2300 sq ft 4/2.5 home to a 2000 sq ft home, but the second one had a less open layout and didn't feel like 2000 sq ft. We gained a family member (our daughter) and downsized to a 1785 sq ft townhouse that has a wonderful layout for our family. I got rid of four 6-foot bookshelves in the process (donated a ton of books) and a lot of clothes and shoes, but I still need to downsize more! I have a lot of Danskos that are lightly worn, so I am going to check out the local consignment places for those.

Hmm - consignment. Could be a way to earn a few dollars. Thanks for the idea.

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dream'n has 25 years experience and works as a RN.

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This is a current topic for me as I've been clearing out old clutter. The only nursing paper I keep is a reference I have on insulin. It has the onset, peak, etc. on all the different types of insulin and I've found myself referring to it several times over the years (I keep it updated). Its been handy-dandy. Everything else including my nursing books have been trashed. BTW, I have found so many little treasures I had forgotten I had while decluttering.

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amzyRN works as a RN-Emergency Services.

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I still have my anatomy and physio book, my pharmacology book and critical care book, ACLS and PALS manuals. I may have TNCC manual too. I'm not a total hoarder, but I'm sure I have things that I don't need. I would want to donate them or something. I don't want to just throw them in the garbage.

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Pixie.RN has 18 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and works as a Infection Preventionist/Nurse Epidemiologist.

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Hmm - consignment. Could be a way to earn a few dollars. Thanks for the idea.

Yep! I usually just donate things, but Danskos are a rather pricey habit. Lol. I am also changing jobs from a hospital where nurses wear royal blue to a hospital with navy blue, so I am going to see about consignment for some of my scrubs, too. There is also a local scrub shop that buys used scrubs for resale, they pay $2 per top or bottom. Not great, but it's something!

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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I'll keep CEU's certificates, but only if I am afraid that

they will not easily be found online.

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traumaRUs has 25 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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I keep nothing - I'm the anti-hoarder.

The only papers I kept were my clinical logs from my post-MSN certs as I might need them if I pursue a DNP

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Amethya has 5 years experience and works as a Certified Medical Assistant.

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I only kept my big binder with ALL of my work from school that I created and cared for a whole year for my overall grade. It was my life for that school year and I am going to keep it... in storage.

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Pixie.RN has 18 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and works as a Infection Preventionist/Nurse Epidemiologist.

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I have next week off, and I am inspired to get rid of more STUFF!!! :) I have a bunch of Army uniforms that no one seems to want among my active duty peeps, so I will see if the local surplus place will take them. I have less than 120 days remaining in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), and it's not likely they'd call me back with the recent heart failure and all that jazz. Yet I am somehow superstitious about getting rid of those uniforms!! lol. I also have old files and paperwork (like 10-15 years old) that needs shredding. I will probably take it to a shredding service rather than doing it myself. Has anyone ever done that?

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Ruby Vee has 40 years experience as a BSN.

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I got rid of everything that didn't fit on our sailboat and sailed it away. That means the only books I kept were diesel maintenence and navigation charts.

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I will probably take it to a shredding service rather than doing it myself. Has anyone ever done that?

If it really is that much paperwork, then many of these shredding services can come to you in a large shredding truck. Call around to see if they offer such service.

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