Published Apr 20, 2015
What type of nurse bag (make, model, etc). do you recommend for clinicals?
Okami_CCRN, BSN, RN
Honestly there is no need to go crazy over what kind of bookbag to use for clinical. I used a JanSport bookbag throughout and found it to be more than enough for what I needed.
We couldn't bring anything aside from a stethoscope that didn't fit in our front two pockets. No place to store bags, books or backpacks
pmabraham, BSN, RN
I was thinking of a nursing bag, not a backpack or book-type bag.
vintagemother, BSN, CNA, LVN, RN
I used a small cloth sack that could be zipped for clinicals. Once working, I bought a tote from Thirtyone bags.it was a little larger and had some compartments.
Many students used small backpacks, and nurses I worked with often brought these as well.
I have a Fossil Wagner Canvas bag. It's pretty tough, and the front pocket can hold a Davis Drug Guide with room to spare.
The inner big picket has some separators and other organizational pockets for small things. I can easily carry everything I need for a shift and still have room for snacks, a tiny umbrella, emergency spare scrub top, etc. The magnetic snaps actually hold much better than anticipated.
It looks nice, too. Plus the canvas is substantial enough that it should last for at least a few years.
I almost always have my Vanquish Envoy with me. Get's comments everywhere I go. Great messenger bag that can hold a lot. Plus one of the only bags I've found that has a top access zipper to avoid having to open the flap every time you need to get something out.
barcode120x, RN, NP
The first 3 semesters I used a clip board where I was able to open it up and place papers and a small slot at the bottom for pens and such. My last semester, I realized that my clip board was more of a hassle than it did help and I tended to lose track of where I would put it (which would be bad if it had patient info on it). To keep it simple, I carried an 2-3 8x11 pieces of paper folded up with me during every shift. I found that to be the most convenient because It was easy to keep in my pocket and I had plenty of space to write on it.
If you're talking about a bag to carry your supplies, I don't think you'll need it. Most of the facilities we went to had no lockers and places to put student's stuff except for a lunch bag in the break room. Most students didn't need to bring anything aside from SBAR sheets, a mini notepad, and/or a clipboard. Everything else was kept in to the car. We all did carry a drug guide...a pretty thick one that would fit in our scrub pockets but would be bulky; however, it was fine to leave those at the medicine room.
Hello! I agree with the previous poster. I carry a small note pad (3x5), pen or two, and 2-3 blank papers for my nursing "brains". I leave my lunch in the fridge and thats all I take. You need to be as hands free as possible. We had a few people carry the foldable clipboards that fit in their side scrub pant pocket, but one of them placed her clipboard in an isolation room and that was the end of that clipboard. Lol. Also, the drug guide we use is available as an app/internet so you could use your phone for that.
I got a John Hopkins "Mini Home Health Shoulder Bag" it's about $30 off the John Hopkins Medical website or Amazon. I've had it since day one of Nursing School (about 14 months ago), I'm just shy of 4 months from graduation and I plan to continue to use it. I always get compliments on my bag tooðŸ˜Ž it's not any options out there for us male nurses.
BloomNurseRN, ASN, BSN, RN
I had to go look it up and it looks like a great option! I actually work in home health and my company uses the traditional bag of this design for our regular supplies. Had no idea it was a universal style but apparently it is and very popular. I could see the mini version being quite useful.
I love it! The best $30 I ever spent! I get compliments all the time on it! I say go for it they have a few bigger sizes too I got the mini just for school but I might have to invest in a bigger bag once I graduate but I'll cross that bridge once I get there
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