March 3, 2020

10 Things Nurses Should Always Carry


Nurses spend hours on their feet and don’t have much time to sort through drawers or closets of supplies. According to the RN Network, below is a list of the top 10 items nurses should always carry with them.

  1. Stethoscope. Choose a high-quality stethoscope that works well for your specialty.
  2. Scissors. A pair of medical scissors are essential for cutting tape, dressings and even fabric, if necessary. Scrubs with deep pockets allow you to carry scissors without poking yourself.
  3. Medical tape. You’ll use medical tape constantly, whether you’re wrapping a patient’s arm after drawing blood or dressing to a wound.
  4. Permanent marker/pen. This will come in handy when you need to label medications, catheter bags, and other items.
  5. Watch with a second hand. A wall clock won’t always be handy, so make sure to wear a watch with a second hand so you can easily take a patient’s pulse or blood pressure.
  6. Hemostat.
  7. Penlight. These compact lights are perfect for neurologic assessments, skin assessments and more.
  8. Hand sanitizer.
  9. IV caps. Save yourself trips to the supply closet by keeping these colored IV caps in your pocket.
  10. Alcohol wipes. Disinfecting wipes allow you to easily clean your scissors, stethoscope, hemostat, phone, and other items.