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My pen hoarding goal

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I used to lose pens. But, now that I've set a goal of gaining one pen per shift, I'm accumulating wealth. It's like the Dave Ramsey, get out of debt plan. I start each shift with 2 pens. If I see a pen left out, I pocket it. My last shift I started with 2 pens and ended up with 4!

Never again will I end up penless! I've turned away from my pen losing days to a life of pen prosperity. :smug:

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I either end up with no pens or 5 or 6 by the end of the day. I have trained nyself to emptly my pockets before I go home.

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Isn't that how kleptomaniacs get started? Innocently stealing pens.

10 years later- On tonight's episode of "Hoarders" we visit Emergent's house. She has collected 10 million pens and refuses to get rid of any of them. "I may need a pen and what if I can't find any of my 10 million pens in my house?"

Edited by NICU Guy

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lol Emergent. I used to try to figure ways to tether my pens to my clothes with fishing line or something, but all the ideas I came up with I figured I would look real dorky. 8-/

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I hate it when the same pen that is the wrong color (blue) gets to stick around for whoever needs it then....we sign with wrong color. I like to throw the blue pens away...STAT!

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Ha-Ha! Pen Prosperity! Click pens only, please! Conducting multiple discharges daily and losing my favorite work pens to patients has caused me to watch my pens like a hawk. I like a nice pen, what can I say? So I have perfected the "alright thank you, I'll take my pen back" line when patients hold on to them. If a patient or family needs to borrow a pen, I will freely give them the crappy black pens with the cap on them (from registration dept), and remain worry free. Pt's don't want to keep these either.

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I've had the same 2 pens (a blue and red) for months - of course I don't discharge on nights so I don't have to worry about losing them LOL

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One of the things I love about my hospital is that pen-stealing is a rare event. Seriously. I am floored as to how little I lose my pens, and I love my pens. I have tried and bought pretty much every widely available pen out there, and have purchased many pens from Japan. The pens that I do lose, I find within a few days. I have not been brave enough to foray into the world of fancy schmancy pens that cost $100+ but a couple of our doctors do have some fine Montblancs... and have NEVER lost them in the hospital. :eek:

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Be careful when attaching pens to a retractable reel (like the ones used for ID badges). I once did that. I put the pen down, not remembering it was attached to the reel. It came flying back. Into my face. Thankfully, nothing was hurt except my ego but wouldn't that be the lamest worker's comp claim ever?

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My husband should be a card carrying registered lifetime member of pen collector's anonymous! No pen is safe around him. I keep telling him that as they're closing his casket, his disembodied hand will emerge and his weak quivering voice will ask, "Does anyone have a spare pen or two?"

Do you hoard rubbery bands too?! That's the next step.

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So now I know where all my pens go at night, the infamous pen kleptos! :cautious:

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