I thought I would share a post on what I take with my when I am on placement.
I remember when I first started my nursing, I had no idea what I needed, or what I thought I needed. Every ward you work on is different. You pockets will be full, or empty. I am currently on the Medical Ward.
Here is an insight into what I lug around with me for 8hrs a day!
From left to right:
-Stethoscope — So important on any ward… sometimes they can be hard to find. Plus they have been in gross ears, and probably don’t fit properly. That’s why I carry mine and share with no one!
– Fob watch — need I say more? Whether it’s timing respirations, pulse, or wondering how long until your lunch break, a fob watch is an absolute necessity. Plus they are cheap! <$20
– Pick Pocket — brilliant invention. Fits my life in it and leaves my pockets free for more stuff to carry! What to I have in it? Scissors, tape on the waist band, pens x4, torch to shine in peoples eyes (I can’t think of the real name), 3x highlighters, IV line covers (combi-stopper), sticky spots (for after taking blood or taking canullas out), band aide, alcohol wipes, chewy, calculator (on the back), drip rate cards and other information on cards… I think that’s about it!
– Aqium gel — I am allergic to the blue stuff they have in the hospital, so I use this. Works wonders!
– Australian Medications Handbook — I only give medications if I know what they are. no matter which ward you go onto, there will be medications that you don’t know. So if you don’t know what it is or how it works, don’t give it.
-Notebook — any other notes you take for personal reference etc.
I also use a shift planner. It’s essentially a half piece of paper with a table on it. Hours at the top and patients down the side. Write in when meds are due, obs are due and any other things so you can keep track of your day. Write in any changes in a different colour pen. This makes writing your progress notes a lot easier.
And that’s what I carry every day!