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Stethoscope/clinical supplies

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Hello fellow nursing students and nurses!

Just wondering what kind of stethoscope did u buy or plan to buy for nursing school?

When I went to school for medical assisting, I used the cheap one the school provided from prestige medical. It was very heavy and I thought the sound quality was ok....until I purchased the littman lightweight! Omg the difference there is very noticeable. Can't believe I went so long without a littman. The sound quality is very impeccable, and let's not forget the weight of it. Much better than having that heavy, double tubing one hang around my neck all day.

I'd say I made a very good choice in getting the littman. Also I was able to get it in my favorite color (lilac/light purple), I love every shade of purple and was also able to have my first and last name engraved on it.

What kind of stethoscope/ clinical supplies did you guys use or plan on using?

applesxoranges, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER.

A Littman Lightweight should be fine for nursing school. I used the Classic II and then the cardiology III. I prefer the cardiology III. There are discounts for Black Friday. I have had only one stethoscope stolen so I keep a tight eye on mine now. I also bought cheap trauma shears off of ebay that I used more than the bandage scissors I was required to have. Pen light was pretty much useless except for trying to find stuff in my car. If you have a smartphone, see if your clinical site has an online access code to Lexicomp for mobile devices. It's super nice.

I bought a stethoscope watch (I think it was an analog Cherokee one).

vintagemother, ADN, CNA, LVN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC, Tele.

Littman Classic served me well

Through Lvn school, Lvn work and now through rn school. I replaced the tubing once because I got pen ink on it.

I got the Littmann Lightweight II S.E. in Ciel Blue ( which is the same color as my scrubs for nursings school). So far they are amazing and I can't see myself using any other kind of stethoscope. I haven't had to buy any other medical supplies yet, will probably have to do that this fall when my clinical rotations are in the hospital.

A Littman Lightweight should be fine for nursing school. I used the Classic II and then the cardiology III. I prefer the cardiology III. There are discounts for Black Friday. I have had only one stethoscope stolen so I keep a tight eye on mine now. I also bought cheap trauma shears off of ebay that I used more than the bandage scissors I was required to have. Pen light was pretty much useless except for trying to find stuff in my car. If you have a smartphone, see if your clinical site has an online access code to Lexicomp for mobile devices. It's super nice.

I bought a stethoscope watch (I think it was an analog Cherokee one).

Which store had stethoscope discounts on Black Friday?

I have the Littman Classic II SE, and love it.

A Littman Lightweight should be fine for nursing school. I used the Classic II and then the cardiology III. I prefer the cardiology III. There are discounts for Black Friday. I have had only one stethoscope stolen so I keep a tight eye on mine now. I also bought cheap trauma shears off of ebay that I used more than the bandage scissors I was required to have. Pen light was pretty much useless except for trying to find stuff in my car. If you have a smartphone, see if your clinical site has an online access code to Lexicomp for mobile devices. It's super nice.

I bought a stethoscope watch (I think it was an analog Cherokee one).

Where did u find a stethoscope on sale for black Friday?? Didn't know they had sales on them for black Friday, that would be awesome if they did for future references

Littman Classic served me well

Through Lvn school, Lvn work and now through rn school. I replaced the tubing once because I got pen ink on it.

From what I hear you are right, they really last a very long time. I hope I can hang on to mine for a long while

So far I pretty much have the basics, stethoscope, penlight, bandage scissors, b/p cuff, etc. Later on down the line I hope to get a littman classic all black edition.

direw0lf, BSN

Has 3 years experience.

I know Littmann is thee name, but I got an mdf deluxe duel head stethoscope and BP cuff for less than half the price of Littmann light put together. The mdf steth got great reviews. For school I need to save everywhere so I'm happy with it. I have used someone's Littmann light and my ears are untrained yet but I could hear equally.

Cardiology III is great but not neck friendly for extended wear. Classic II S.E. or another light (not lightweight) double sided stethoscope would be decent for school.

FlyingScot, RN

Specializes in Peds/Neo CCT,Flight, ER, Hem/Onc. Has 28 years experience.

Wearing your stethoscope around your neck will damage the tubing. The oils in your skin cause the tubing to harden and eventually crack necessitating repair/replacement long before you should need to.

I got a Littmann Cardiology III, the all black edition. I also got a cheap BP cuff that came with one of those cheap double-tubed scopes. That thing weighed a ton. I kept that in my clinical bag in case someone forgot theirs I'd lend them that one. I've prevented a couple people from getting sent home for being unprepared and marked absent and losing points with that ugly purple thing ;)

We weren't allowed to carry our scopes around our necks. The school told us it was an infection control issue so we had to carry them in our pockets. Not to mention (as a PP stated) your skin oils damage the tubing anyway. And I don't want to replace a $200 scope before I have to.

As for supplies, I bought all the crap they told us to. Bandage scissors, hemostats, penlights, and I never used any of it except for the pen light.

I suggest getting a tube of really good hand lotion to use after clinicals. They will be so dry and cracked by the end of the day you'll be happy you have it. I suggest this one :

Amazon.com : Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, Original, 2 Ounce : Beauty

It's expensive for the price, but you only need a tiny bit. It has the appearance and consistency of petroleum jelly, but it won't make your hands greasy if you use the right amount. I found mine at a grocery store but I'm sure they have it at target and walmart.

Yes. Also MRSA risk among others. Probably a habit inherited from doctors who don't like lab coats.

adventure_rn, BSN

Specializes in NICU, PICU.

Littmann all the way!!!

Throughout school in the 2010s I used my dad's Littmann from when we went to med school!! In the 80s!! At 30 years old, that scope still sounds better than a lot of my friends' junky $20 scopes. To be fair, my dad went into a specialty where he never touched his scope after residency. But still. If that isn't quality and value, then I don't know what is. Now I use an itty-bitty neonatal Littmann.

Sorry to shout, but I just get so excited to spread the Littmann gospel!

Also, I love my White Coat Clipboard. Pricey, but an amazing reference for a new nurse, and folds up to fit in your scrub pocket. :D

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adventure_rn, BSN

Specializes in NICU, PICU.

I'd say I made a very good choice in getting the littman. Also I was able to get it in my favorite color (lilac/light purple), I love every shade of purple and was also able to have my first and last name engraved on it.

As an addendum to my above post: You can get a White Coat Clipboard in purple with your name engraved to match your lovely Littmann :laugh:

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And you can get them for different specialties, too (peds, anaesthesia, women's health)

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rob4546, ADN, BSN, MSN

Specializes in ICU/ Surgery/ Nursing Education. Has 7 years experience.

I got the Littmann Lightweight II S.E. in Ciel Blue ( which is the same color as my scrubs for nursings school). So far they are amazing and I can't see myself using any other kind of stethoscope. I haven't had to buy any other medical supplies yet, will probably have to do that this fall when my clinical rotations are in the hospital.

Purchased this exact one for nursing school and promised that I would get the cardiology III after graduation. Been working for over a year now and still use my lightweight, serves me well. Will upgrade sometime later but no need to right now.

As an addendum to my above post: You can get a White Coat Clipboard in purple with your name engraved to match your lovely Littmann :laugh:

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And you can get them for different specialties, too (peds, anaesthesia, women's health)

Wow that's awesome... I'm definitely going to look that up. It would be awesome to have my name engraved or printed on most of the things I use throughout school and career. Reduces the risk of theft.... Now if only I could keep up with me pens! 😒