Essential Nursing Gear

Every nurse needs this essential gear.

As you begin a career in nursing, you'll receive plenty advice about how you should behave, how to deal with stress or the best place to grab a late night snack that doesn't come from the vending machine. But there's also a bit of practical advice you'll need to have in your arsenal as you begin your career in nursing - the gear you should buy.

Scrubs
The uniform of every nurse is a good pair of scrubs. You'll practically live in them, so it's important to choose a pair that is both comfortable and functional - pockets will be your new best friends. Every nurse has a distinct personality, and your scrubs should be no different. Whether you prefer bright colors, patterns, or want to keep it plain, make sure your scrubs are loose but still fit you well.

Shoes
Make sure they're comfortable! Your nursing shoes should also have plenty of support and breathing room. You're going to be standing for hours on end, so they'll need to be quality enough to stand up to plenty of wear and tear.

Stethoscope
You probably picked up one of these in nursing schools, but quality stethoscopes are worth the investment if you can afford to spend a few extra dollars. Think of it as an investment for your career! Purchase one that's specific to the type of nursing you do, and that is lightweight and has soft, form-fitting earpieces. Remember: You're going to use your stethoscope every day.

Bandage scissors
As you're filling your scrub pockets with gear before you leave the house, don't forget bandage or medical scissors! It may seem odd, but you'll find tons of uses for them. They can also save you a ton of time in the long run by simply making it easier to open packaging.

Pens
Pens tend to wander off, so you'll always want to have a few in your pockets as you complete your rounds. Make sure it has a cushioned grip and doesn't smear. It's also a good idea to buy a penlight because it will remind you to complete a neuro check before you finish your assessment.

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a nonprofit, accredited, online university. WGU offers online RN to BSN and BSN to MSN degree programs to working nurses who already have a current RN license. To find out more, please visit our website at www.wgu.edu.

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