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What's in your pockets?

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I work in home health, so carry a bag and don't need a lot in my pockets.

Rt pocket of scrubs: 2 pens, alcohol wipes and scissors

Left pocket: my cell phone and large paper clips (we're still paper, not electronic)

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hiphopRN has 3+ years experience and specializes in Psychiatric Nursing.

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If I have cargo pants on like I usually do then its:

Right upper pocket: Unit Cell phone, at least 1 pen, unit keys

Right lower pocket: More pens (I usually have between 2 and 4 with me all the time)

Left upper pocket: meds while I walk back from the pyxis, otherwise usually empty

Left lower pocket: gloves (so many gloves!) and usually a couple pieces of scrap paper

Then on my lanyard along with my badge I have a small flashlight, chapstick, and the CPR mask work gave me.

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suanna has 30 years experience and specializes in Post Anesthesia.

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"Not fair! not fair!" he hissed. "It isn't fair, my precious, is it, to ask us what it's got in it's nassity little pocketsess?"

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"Not fair! not fair!" he hissed. "It isn't fair, my precious, is it, to ask us what it's got in it's nassity little pocketsess?"

Extra points for bringing lord of the rings quotes into a nursing forum.

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bigsick_littlesick has 1 years experience and specializes in General Surgery.

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I used to have one of those "tool belts" but our hospital doesn't allow us to pack flushes ahead of time so I just usually have some caps to save IV tubing, claves, alcohol wipes, shears, kelly clamps and a 4 color pen. Used to carry a lot more but don't nowadays.

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Stethoscope, index cards-constant lists to be made, alcohol preps, flushes, pens-at least 2 colors, cash-usually folded in an index card, gloves, tele sensors, 4x4's, tape-usually paper, pt. daily report sheets, phone, my smart phone, trauma shears, penlight...and various other things depending on my assignment. ..I need more pockets!

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Gabby-RN has 4 years experience and specializes in Emergency Nursing.

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Trauma sheers and a pen.

Everything else I could need is readily available in the ED.

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vintagemother specializes in Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC,.

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I work in psych so my pockets aren't nearly as full as they used to be when I worked in geriatric LTC.

While I do bring a bag to work that's fully loaded with supplies, the only items I start the shift with in my pocket are my "brain sheet" and a pen.

At the end of the day when I get home, I've been known to have in my pockets: alcohol swabs, clean gloves and the tips of the finger stick thingies- the part that plugs the hole where the needle comes out.

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straba has 8 years experience and specializes in SICU.

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This is off topic, I know, but I can't help but read your thread title like Gollum "What has it got in its pocketses?"

Anyway, I usually just have my phone, pens that don't write so well, and paper tape...and this old ring.:sarcastic:

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This is off topic, I know, but I can't help but read your thread title like Gollum "What has it got in its pocketses?"

Anyway, I usually just have my phone, pens that don't write so well, and paper tape...and this old ring.:sarcastic:

Someone beat you to it

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erinberrin is a CNA and specializes in Just starting out in a Nursing Home..

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wipes, gloves, pen, occasionally some temper dots if the vital machine isn't working..oh and mintz..;) "simple dimple"

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iPink has 5+ years experience and specializes in Critical Care, Postpartum.

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Contributing to the 4 year old thread for kicks too...

My cellphone in my left pocket (yes it must be in left), my right pocket has highlighter, dry erase marker, and two pens in case I lose one. Sometimes I'll bring my small pocket size notepad in case I run into something new and I can quickly right it down. It'll go in my left pocket as well.

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