The Tools of Your Trade: Necessities for Nurses
Dec. 9, 2015
Thanks to your top-drawer training at Concorde and personal diligence as a student, you got your health care dream job â congratulations! Now letâs help you put your best foot forward as you step into your new career, because youâre going to need some things. With so much on your wish list, and perhaps some uncertainty as to exactly what will be furnished for you in your new workplace, what are some of the must-haves you can line up now so that you hit the halls running on your first day?
Youâre going to need a nursing bag to tote all of your tools and supplies. Whether you prefer to be seen with a paisley Vera Bradley duffel by your side or with a functional and utilitarian nylon medic bag, youâll need something sturdy and easy-to-clean with tons of storage space. Check out Nurse Theoryâs excellent top 10 best medical bags & totes for nurses
Unless youâre working in a specialized field, such as pediatrics or cardiac care, a lightweight, economical, latex-free, entry-level stethoscope will work well for blood pressure and general physical assessments. Littman is a leading brand, and you can get a quick overview of their most popular models on this review site
. Then hop on over to Amazon
and read reviews from health care workers to get an honest assessment of performance.
SHOES, SHOES, SHOES
You probably already learned this in school, and celebrating your new job might just be the right time to reward yourself with one of the most important investments youâll make on the job â a new pair of shoes. Picking a quality pair of shoes can make all the difference when youâre always on the move! If you donât have time to try them on in person before purchasing, consider an online vendor like Zappos
that covers the cost of shipping and returns! Now thatâs a win-win.
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS
Give the academic portion of your brain a break and indulge in books written by nurses. Nurse Journal's fabulous list of 10 awesome nurse books
covers many different aspects of the health care world: nurse to nurse bullying, compassion fatigue, navigating technology in the workplace, coding a patient, and even a work of fiction detailing how to change a hospitalâs culture. Be sure to read the comments for more suggestions!
Comfort, readability, style, color and second hands all matter when choosing your work watch
. Nurse Theoryâs 10 Best Affordable Medical Watches For Nurses
range in price from $12 to $50.
Youâre going to need a handy pen
with a bright beam of light to help you assess your patientâs pupil dilation and perform on-the-spot diagnostics.
LOTION AND HAND SANITIZER
Remember to carry your hand sanitizer for those times when you just canât get to a sink. Youâll need a good supply of lotion to soothe your poor, dry skin after it endures multiple hand washings per day.
Treat yourself to a low-tech diary and sketchbook so you can jot down bits of brilliant inspiration and touching sentiments as you move through your hectic day. The affirmation on the cover will inspire you to Keep Calm and Be a Great Nurse
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