Call me crazy, but I'm very particular about keeping my nursing gear organized in my multitude of pockets. I always consider the number and location of pockets before buying a new pair of scrubs
. Maybe it's because we carry so many supplies (pens, flushes, report sheets, trauma shears), but when I'm reaching for something, I want to know right where it is! Getting my stuff organized in my pockets is one of my small rituals before I walk out the door so I know I've got everything I need (right alongside checking to be sure I have my badge and keys).
For me it's:
Left scrub top main pocket: folding clipboard with report sheets, cell phone
Right scrub top main pocket: stethoscope (all alone theorethically, otherwise it pulls everything else out of the pocket and onto the floor when I grab for it); realistically, this becomes the 'catch-all' pocket for junk that I accumulate throughout the day (labels, unused supplies, etc.)
Right scrub top mini pocket: pens (sharpie, 4-color BIC, random black pens) and lip balm
Right cargo pant pocket: unit phone
Left cargo pant pocket: all the flushes I can fit
So how about you guys? Do you have a system, or are your pockets a free-for-all? Jennifer Garner wants to know...