You probably already have a high end stethoscope because most nurses realize how important it is to have a reliable one when you are assessing.
In the same vein, nurses usually have scrubs that fit them fairly well or they would not be able to move around comfortably during their shifts.
Some things nurses need to have to make their jobs easier. However, there are things that not every nurse carries around in their pocket but which are helpful to have on hand when confronted by the shifting needs of patients.
Here are three items that nurses should have, but that you probably don’t have in your kit.
Most nurses don’t realize they need a pill splitter until they look at the MAR and realize they have to give half a pill. This can be a very frustrating situation, because not all pills can be split by hand.
Some can be broken along their score line, but this is difficult and not always accurate. A pill splitter can make this common occurrence easier.
In fact, some facilities have a pill splitter for you to use, but you are better off to carry one in your scrub pocket to have as needed.
One thing you must make sure of: disinfect the splitter between every use or small particles of one pill can easily get mixed into another pill for another patient.
Quality Bandage Scissors
Throughout a shift, there is always something that needs to be cut. Yes, bandages are the most common item that require shearing, but mountains of tape, ID bracelets, and straggling strings on a blanket are also in need of cutting.
Every nurse should have scissors in the same way they have a stethoscope. You never know when you are going to need to cut something for you patient, and the bandage scissors are usually blunted to prevent hurting the skin.
Don’t cheap out and get the plastic type that won’t hold up, either. You want a good pair of scissors that can withstand a great deal of usage and abuse. Also, don’t forget to disinfect them between patients to avoid cross contamination.
Comfortable shoes are the Holy Grail of nursing. For a while there, nurses tried Crocs, clogs, and special rocking shoes that were meant to increase your leg strength.
Nurses are always looking for a good pair of shoes, and you may have found a pair you like. You shouldn’t stop trying to find a better pair, though. Your shoes can affect your legs and back, not just your feet.
For this reason, you need to look for shoes that provide support and make you feel good throughout your shift. Custom made shoes would be ideal, but not everyone can afford that and they would wear out quickly.
Keep trying what they have on the market until you find one that feels right to you. Don’t be afraid to try discount brands, either, because they may be just what your feet need.
In the end, the search for good shoes is never ending, and you may never find a pair that makes you feel like you’re walking on air.