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Top 10 Things Needed for Clinical & Why

*Original post released 11/23/2019

Here’s a short and sweet post of the top 10 things I believe students need for clinical and new nurses need for their shift! Look out for another two-part post to come Monday morning and afternoon about things I wish I’d known as a new grad RN 😉 As always, be sure to check out our Etsy shop for countless nursing resources perfect for clinical, NCLEX studying, and work ➡️ ⬅️ And don’t forget too that once we hit 85 sales, we’ll hold a MAJOR GIVEAWAY with not only one, but three winners!!!

Without further ado, here’s the list!

  • Stethoscope: Used for cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and pulmonary assessments; also used to assess hemodialysis access sites (fistula) and to perform manual BP checks in cases of verification or electrical outages
  • Watch: Not only used for timing of vital signs but also for timed measurements and time tracking, keeping accurate record during hectic shifts, and for accurate timing of nursing notes/communications
  • Clipboard: It’s a convenient way to keep all of your information in one place, is easily transportable; BONUS if foldable or enclosed to protect patient privacy.
  • Pen AND pencil: Used to keep notes that you don’t want easily erased or smudged as well as to update patient information on their Kardex
  • Pen light: Used for neurological assessments and for better visualization; can also come in handy at night to avoid disturbing the patient or to look under the bed for missing/dropped items
  • Pocket Reference Cards: Whether general or specific, these can be an invaluable and incredibly time saving tool when working in the clinical setting
  • ID card/Badge Reel: Helps the patient and hospital staff identify you, remember your name/where you’re from, and understand your level of expertise (for participation purposes). Badge reels, when customized, can also be a source of distraction for the patients by offering alternative topics of conversation.
  • Trauma Shears: Helps with any type of cutting or bandage removal; makes dressing changes less painful for the patient by avoiding pulling the skin to remove their dressing (even if non-adhering). 
  • Comfortable shoes & compression socks: Helps keep feet and veins in the legs supported; reduces or prevents discomfort because you’ll be on your feet for 8+ hours each clinical or working shift
  • Gum & Fluids: Prevents dry mouth & keeps you hydrated while busy

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