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Personalizing Stethoscopes?

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Here is a question for all of you nursing students and graduate nurses... How did you personalize your stethoscope? I don't want to just write my name on it with permanent marker. I made an ID tag out of beads, the only problem is I can't figure out how to attach it to have it stay put. My steth is a Littmann classic II, and doesn't have the extra piece around the neck that would be useful for wrappin a ID tag around (like this one: http://topbanana.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/littmann-stethoscope-hunter-green.jpg)

Do you find sleeves get in your way at all, or are tough to clean?

I had mine engraved... Its so cute. It has a little peace sign, a heart and a smilie face with my name.... The engraving is small and doesnt stick out at all but I will know its mine... I got a different color than most also. I hate fitting in! haha

Asystole RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vascular Access, Infusion Therapy.

I also had mine laser engraved...name tags can be broken off but an engraving is hard to hide.

For a sleeve I just made mine out of satin. Made a much more fitting sleeve compared to the store bought ones, I find it does not irritate my neck as much.

bsyrn, ASN, RN

Specializes in Peds, School Nurse, clinical instructor. Has 21 years experience.

I also got mine engraved, the little tags can be easily removed. I don't use a sleeve.:nurse:

Where have you gotten it engraved? Will any "engraving" store you see in malls, like the kind that make personalized keychains, bracelets, etc engrave on a scope?

I got mine done at medisave.com. I obught it through them but I know you can send one in and they can ingrave it for a small fee....

Asystole RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vascular Access, Infusion Therapy.

Where have you gotten it engraved? Will any "engraving" store you see in malls, like the kind that make personalized keychains, bracelets, etc engrave on a scope?

Sometimes, depends on the style of engraving but usually. There are also engraving places you can find in the phonebook that do things like awards and trophies.

my school is very against the cloth covers for steths---it can harbor bacteria, big time! :) I put a name tag on mine, it's plastic and has a little nurse on it and a blank side to write my name on. I wrote it in BLACK sharpie so it can't rub off :) I've used mine about six months and haven't had it break off yet. I paid about 4 bucks for it, as opposed to 20 or something for engraving. Just a thought :nurse:

Asystole RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vascular Access, Infusion Therapy.

my school is very against the cloth covers for steths---it can harbor bacteria, big time! :) I put a name tag on mine, it's plastic and has a little nurse on it and a blank side to write my name on. I wrote it in BLACK sharpie so it can't rub off :) I've used mine about six months and haven't had it break off yet. I paid about 4 bucks for it, as opposed to 20 or something for engraving. Just a thought :nurse:

The worry is not that the name tag will fall off...the worry is that it will be taken off. :eek:

Alcohol swabs make quick work of permanent marker ink. ;)

tokyoROSE, BSN, RN

Specializes in Operating Room. Has 2 years experience.

Unless you often lose things, you don't need to put your name on your stethoscope. Mine is unlabled, its always around my neck, I'm not going to lose it anytime soon.

Mine has my name engraved on it. I got it from medisave.com which does free engraving. It's also a color that most people don't have (lilac)...and I keep it in my pocket (my school doesn't allow us to wear them around our necks -- it actually says in our handbook "Equipment such as stethoscopes and pens are prohibited from being worn dangling from the neck."

I got my stethoscope and engraving from medisave as well. They really do a nice job for free if you buy the stethoscope from them. I like the engraving because like other posters said, it doesn't stick out at all. I got a star and heart on both sides of my name :D i'm sure they do it at the little stands at the malls too.

Unless you often lose things, you don't need to put your name on your stethoscope. Mine is unlabled, its always around my neck, I'm not going to lose it anytime soon.

I've never lost any of my posessions, but our instructor asks we have our names noted on EVERYTHING we take to clinical. She said if another nurse, student, doc, etc asks to borrow our stethoscope, we are to say no regardless of the situation because we will never get it back. I've worked in a hospital and these things go missing like crazy. We've only had three classes on practicing vital signs and a number of students stethoscopes have already gone missing; aka most likely stolen. :( Our instructor said the previous year, residents took students expensive littmanns they left around the desk area, and they recovered them after seeing the same male residents wearing a scope with beaded jewlery wrapped around the neck. :lol2:

At some point it does have to come off your neck... what about when you're entering isolation rooms, or doing CPR; you don't want that thing flapping around on your neck. If someone goes through my bag in the clinical room (which I have had happen) they are less likely to take something if it is personalized or can be easily identified by myself or another.

Thank you to the rest for your help!! medisave sounds like a great site, but since I already had a littmann I think i'm just going to look around in my city for reputable places to engrave my scope.

Is that possible?

cmonkey

Specializes in student; help!.

Here is a question for all of you nursing students and graduate nurses... How did you personalize your stethoscope? I don't want to just write my name on it with permanent marker. I made an ID tag out of beads, the only problem is I can't figure out how to attach it to have it stay put. My steth is a Littmann classic II, and doesn't have the extra piece around the neck that would be useful for wrappin a ID tag around (like this one: http://topbanana.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/littmann-stethoscope-hunter-green.jpg)

Do you find sleeves get in your way at all, or are tough to clean?

I had mine engraved and it still took a walk. So I got an Ultrascope with hot pink tubing and a royal blue diaphragm. "Borrow" that!

I may still put a dog tag or something on it, just in case, but I don't think anyone will ever mistake it for their Littmann.

Thank you to the rest for your help!! medisave sounds like a great site, but since I already had a littmann I think i'm just going to look around in my city for reputable places to engrave my scope.

Hi...Just so you'll know, Medisave will engrave the Littman you own!

nurse2033, MSN, RN

Specializes in ER, ICU.

I have a little plastic clip. I wouldn't want something like cloth that could carry around a bunch of germs. I think it should be something that you can disinfect.

I'm a HUGE Betty Boop fan and found a cute tag where she's dressed like a nurse with a syringe and the whole works, but I guess the adhesive wasn't strong enough, because it broke off and I've never seen it again. However, I had decided to get a different color then everyone else, so it sticks out!

Actually I don't think that anyone has the same color and brand combo, amazing I know, so that helps everyone keep track.