Friday, June 16, 2006

What's in Your Pocket?

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OK, calling all nurses, lets play "What's in your pocket?" What do you consider essential in your scrub pocket? Tips and tricks from the "Experienced Ones" solicited!


Blogger Tiesha said...

When I worked in the hospital, I always tried to have 2 pens, tape and one of those adapters that connect NG tubes to the suction tubing WITHOUT having to use the tape!
Now that I work in adolescent seems that my shift is easier if I have gum!

9:15 AM  
Blogger missbhavens said...

Ahhhh...I should start carrying mints. Good tip! Can I do a "Nurse's Pocket" Post, too??

(ps: I missed you at Vloggercon...what a weekend. We really need to have more NYC videoblog get togethers.)

10:47 AM  
Blogger I am a Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

Hmmmm...not experience _nursing_ but I have a little sharpie in my pocket as a doula--and have found for nursing it's useful, too. I like my little flashlight and scissors--they have both been useful in nursing clinicals...and my instructor keeps asking to borrow them. I also keep a packet of Emergen-C so that I can add it to my bottle of water (if we get a break.)


P.S. Thanks for the link--just found it/you again by going to I'm adding you to my blogroll!

10:50 AM  
Blogger Nurse2B said...

Thanks for the suggestions... sorry, I definitely did not mean to imply I only wanted suggestions from experienced nurses. Everybody can play, as always!

MissB - yes, PLEASE do! I soooo wanted to be at vloggercon - just could not.... I am psyched that you made it.

Tiesha - hmm that ng tube thing sounds brilliant... it's back to the clean supply to find me one of those...

Hh - the sharpie and the scizzors sound like a great idea but the Emergen-C is inspired. I have a big box in my closet that I always forget about. A handfull of those are going in my clinical bag. I have remiss in not getting around to linking you for so long - I appologize, I do enjoy your blog very much. Thanks for the return link.

Anyone else who has pocket suggestions... keep 'em coming... I'm really enjoying this. I think it's useful - 'cause when I first started I never had the right thing in there.

2:24 PM  
Blogger The Dixie Nurse said...

Alcohol pads, multiple pens, and scissors...oh and my cell phone.

5:09 PM  
Blogger dog food sugar said...

I got yelled at sorta in clinicals once for not having scissors by a nurse who didn't have any either. She called me a bad student. I passively made a face at her back. But now I always have those stupid scissors. And even though they're blunted at the ends they always poke me a little throughout the day as I move around. On occassion they come in pretty handy.

At the end of the day I have multiple caps from those saline flushes in my pockets for some reason.

12:30 AM  
Blogger kimberly said...

I always carry a nasal trumpet (or NPA, if you prefer.) Always gets the resp therapist when I whip one of these babys out during a tough situation. But, then again, I also alway wear cargo scrub pants, so there is room for one of these in a lower pocket. As a tech I also carry alcohol wipes, needless transfer device for blood draws, what we call the "Christmas Tree" for NG tube to suction, one prep kit for blood cultures. No wonder I look ten pounds heavier!LOL!

6:01 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

mints, for morning breath. pen, notebook. gloves (which I never have enough of, am always one short of a pair it seems), alcohol wipes, guaze pads. but I'm still very new so I am taking all your tips down.
what is Emergen-C?

1:17 PM  
Blogger T said...

2 mints, chew one and let the other dissolve. Keeps the mouth fresh and the brain alert. Always a good thing. Always be prepared is my motto. Pocket size Purell, Altoid Minis, Visine for Contacts, and Lip Balm (Palmers Cocoa Butter w/ Sun Block). That covers the 4 things I always carry in one pocket. Cell phone and wallet in the other. New Pentax waterproof digital camera in a pocket there somewhere too.

2:08 AM  
Blogger Nurse2B said...

This was fun, thanks people for all the responses...

BTW, T taught me the altoids trick, although in a completely different context. ;-)

7:09 AM  
Blogger di said...

my sister taught me something about sinuses -- that upper curly part kind of traps nasty smells so you keep smelling them for a long time. i carry a little tin of minty smelling badger balm in my pocket so i can replace the nasty smell with a different one...

6:41 PM  
Blogger unsinkablemb said...

although life is a little different in the OR, scissors always come in handy along with a couple of pens and DEFINITELY mints (especially if you are wearing a mask and have to smell your own breath). i always keep a small notebook or scratchpad so that i can write down things (procedures or equipment) that i want to read further about during a free moment.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Tiesha said...

Did you know that a large nasal trumpet can also serve as a rectal tube in a pinch!? There's a tidbit only a nurse could appreciate :). It does work though!

8:19 AM  
Blogger SVN, prn said...

Better question for the nurse is... What DON'T we have in our pockets? LOL

3:11 AM  
Blogger benji said...

I always carry the basics...2 black pens, sharpie, highlighter, red pen and bandage scissors. I've found that tape is a necessity (always tab the end!!) and I leave a flush at the bedside but keep one in my pocket so that if I hear an IV alarming I don't have to find one if it says it's occluded.
P.S. good idea about the christmas tree.

9:53 AM  

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