What is the best Stethoscope to use for clinicals



I will be purchasing a stethoscope soon for use at clinicals next semester. Any suggestions on which is probably the best?


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Specializes in ED.

I have a Littmann Master Cardiology II and while I payed a boat load for it, I love it. I can hear everything. The only complaint I have now, is that when I use the disposable steths for contact precaution patients, I can't hear anything. Just make sure you either engrave it or keep a tag on it, because they like to grow legs ;)


805 Posts

Specializes in SICU.

On the "they grow legs and run away" idea, get the cheapest one that you can hear through. Go to a scrub store and try out a few different ones. That said I have a Littman Cardiology III, which is amazing. However, I am no longer a student with no money.


178 Posts

I have an Ultrascope....works great!

Good luck.

AirforceRN, RN

611 Posts

Search the site there are tonnes of threads on this topic.

With steths you get what you pay for. That said, purchasing a littmann cardiology might be a bit much for a first clinical experience. Littmans are great steths and good quality. My advice would be the classic se II. Its a great beginner steth which many nurses keep using throughout their careers. If you want to upgrade later then that's great, go for the cardiology.

Specializes in Acute Care Psych, DNP Student. Has 4 years experience.

I dunno about buying a cheap stethoscope for clinicals. My CI was not pleased when I couldn't hear a heart murmur with a patient, in clinical. I listened over the mitral valve, and I just couldn't hear the swishing sound with the cheaper scope I was wearing that day. I listened with a classmate's Littman Cardiology III and heard the murmur right away.

Specializes in Tele/ICU/MedSurg/Peds/SubAcute/LTC/Alz. Has 3 years experience.

Because, I did not have the money to buy an expensive scope, I bought one that I could afford at the time. I purchased one that can be used with peds and adults. It worked out fine.


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Thanks for the response. Greatly appreciated. I;m new to the site, but tons tons of info.


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Thanks. I have decided to look into the Littman Cardiology III

Specializes in Cardiac.

I have a Littman Cardiology III and I love it! Check out Ebay, amazon.com, etc. I got mine online for under $100.

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