Stethoscope/clinical supplies

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by msbossb msbossb Member

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

applesxoranges, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. 2,242 Posts

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

vintagemother, ADN, CNA, LVN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC, Tele. 2,711 Posts

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.

Samm06

Samm06, BSN, RN

126 Posts

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.

Purple_roses

Purple_roses

1,763 Posts

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?

Sizzline

Sizzline

184 Posts

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

msbossb

msbossb

75 Posts

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

msbossb

msbossb

75 Posts

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

msbossb

msbossb

75 Posts

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

direw0lf, BSN

Has 4 years experience. 1,069 Posts

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.

Golfer87

Golfer87

73 Posts

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

FlyingScot, RN

Specializes in Peds/Neo CCT,Flight, ER, Hem/Onc. Has 28 years experience. 2,016 Posts

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.