Items that all nurses should have...?

  1. Heya!

    I hope y'all don't mind my interrupting, but my friend's birthday is coming up. She just graduated from nursing school, so I'd like to get her started on her "things all nurses should have" collection. Do you have any suggestions on items you have that you've found invaluable to your profession? Books, suggestions for shoes, etc... are all welcome!

    Thanks.
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  3. by   ERNurse752
    What kind of nursing is she going in to? That would help as far as book suggestions.

    Shoes are pretty individual, but I'm a pretty big fan of Birkenstock Super Birkis, and Dansko Professional shoes (the latter are pretty expensive, like $100/pair though.)

    I like nursing related socks and tshirts and such. www.nursesstation.com has a lot of cool gifty stuff for nurses.

    A book that was recommended to me (but I have yet to purchase, oops) is From Novice to Expert. I'm not sure of the author, but I found it on amazon by searching with the title.

    That's nice of you to get some nursing goodies for your friend! Good luck!
    Massage gift certificate to help decrease her stress load, hehe.
  4. by   Mystery5
    Definately an espresso machine. You can keep it at work for the nightshift, like I do!
    Last edit by Mystery5 on Dec 30, '04
  5. by   zenman
    I'd get her a foley cath and a leg bag as well as snacks that she can eat on the run.
  6. by   Sinny
    Whoa, hah! She's going into midwifery, I believe, so at the moment she's working in the maternal ward (or about to start, she has an offer!)... I probably should have mentioned that earlier. Show's how much I know - I'm a programmer by trade...

    I want to get her something useful for nursing because most of my friends have jobs at law firms or financial institutions. She's really the only one whose profession I want to encourage. I commend all of you, by the way - what you do genuinely helps people in need, and I respect that.
  7. by   Mystery5
    Another thing all nurses should have would be a nice day at a top spa, with a facial, mudbath, massage, and pedicure, then a long soak in a hot tub.
  8. by   saskrn
    How about a good Littman stethoscope? Littmans are excellent!
  9. by   NurseFirst
    Quote from saskrn
    How about a good Littman stethoscope? Littmans are excellent!
    Is a small, but very useful, little book called "RNotes". It's small on purpose, so you can carry it around on the floor. Though, I have to admit, I'm not sure if it would be as helpful in midwifery as it would be on med/surg.

    (As my OB teacher likes to say -- "you're dealing with usually healthy people".)

    NurseFirst
  10. by   PamUK
    What about a nurses fob watch? I dont think they are very "American" (at least they weren't when I was working in Texas & Arkansas in the early 80's) but many nurses here in the UK have them because wrist watches can get caught on patients or equipment & can break or cause injuries. Would be a little different! You could also consider a fetal stethethescope
  11. by   palesarah
    Quote from PamUK
    What about a nurses fob watch? I dont think they are very "American" (at least they weren't when I was working in Texas & Arkansas in the early 80's) but many nurses here in the UK have them because wrist watches can get caught on patients or equipment & can break or cause injuries. Would be a little different! You could also consider a fetal stethethescope
    Excellent idea for anyone going into ob nursing or midwifery! I had one and loved it, very handy for doing doptones, infant vital signs, and anything where you need a watch and you need full use of two hands! I'd also recommend "Labor & Delivery in my pocket"- I carry it faithfully http://www.inmypocketbooks.com/cgi-b...ategory_Code=B
    that link should bring you right to it

    And scissors- nice bandage scissors engraved with her name so they can never be "misplaced" into a coworker's bag
  12. by   Mandarella
    I love it...too funny.
    I'd get her a good Littman...engrave her initials on the chestpiece.

    Quote from zenman
    I'd get her a foley cath and a leg bag as well as snacks that she can eat on the run.

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