Nurses are pretty self-sufficient. We're trained that way. But there are a few things we just can't live without. Here are 10 of them:
1. Coffee, coffee and em, coffee. Caffeine is a nurse's best friend. Frankly, we can't survive a shift without it. Nurses drink more coffee than any other professional. It makes us happy, alert, patient, alive and not wanting to strangle our coworkers. It's a miracle drug!
2. Tape. How can any nurse live without tape? We use it for EVERYTHING. If it moves, tape it! If it doesn't move, tape it anyway, just in case it decides it wants to move.
I.Vs, I.V pole broke, the I'v bag, the wall, the bed, the monitor, the patient and their family members...especially the loud obnoxious ones. Don't have a sling? Make one with cardboard and tape. Remove hair from your patient once it's shaved, for lead placement. Duct tape drunk demented David's mouth shut, (okay, I'm kidding), don't get your panties in a wad. Use duct tape to tape your manager to her chair in her office. Tape your nostrils together while cleaning up a code brown.
4. If you deal with stinky smells on a daily basis and the smell stays with you even when you go home, you need at least one of these.
Mentholatum ( a jar that’s small enough to fit in your pocket)
Slap one of these under your nose and it'll rid your nose of smelly Sally's C-Diff.
5. Pizza and peanut butter. Nurses eat more pizza and peanut butter than any other profession,,true story. The peanut butter isn't so bad, but pizza? Not too great when you profession is healthcare. But nurses are human too and we like pizza. It's the perfect food! Carbs, vegetables, and protein all in one huge pie that you can fold over and shove in your mouth as you rush through the break room. Get them on speed dial and pretty soon they'll know you by name.
6. Stethoscope. I refuse to use anyone else's stethoscope, especially the ones that sit at the nurses' station breading bacteria and all kinds of plain yuck. I don't know about you but I'd rather not have a run in with the latest pseudomonas germ....eew. Keep you stethoscope around your own neck and don't lend the darn thing to anyone. Oh, and cleaning it every once in a while is always a good idea. Remember, you're bringing that gross filth home to your family if you don't
7. If you don't have a good pair of nursing shoes then you're just asking for trouble. Here's a tip: Don't buy nursing shoes for looks! Buy for comfort ONLY. You have long shifts and at the end of the day, no one cares how cute the latest garbage shoe looks. Take care of your feet and they'll take care of you. Timberland Renova Shoes are by far the best nursing shoes for any nurse. They're comfortable and will remain comfortable all day, so your feet don't sting and burn and your legs don't feel like they're about to fall off with the next step you take.
8. You need support stockings. No, they're not just for older nurses. Being on your feet all day makes your legs HURT. It also causes varicose veins and other leg disorders. Do yourself a favor and get some good support stockings. They'll feel awesome and your legs won't feel like they've run a marathon, even though you have throughout your shift from hell. Sigvaris are the best support hose you can buy.
9. Bring your lunch. I know I said pizza earlier, but when you're over the fast food thing switch to actually eating something that somewhat resembles real food. The unidentifiable, over-priced garbage you find in the cafeteria is usually frozen garbage that they fry in grease and it's loaded with an unbelievable amount of calories. You know, those things that make your thighs blow up like a bed tick.
If you make your own lunch then you know what the heck you're ingesting. I know it takes a lot of work to prepare ahead, but your body will thank you for it.
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