- Posted by Emma Walsh
- On 31st July 2018
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“You’re never fully dressed without a smile” is a lovely phrase that is equal parts insightful, thought-provoking, and quite simply, true. But for those of us in the medical community there’s a few other must haves that we need before we consider ourselves fully dressed…….
Nurses, you’re never fully dressed without:
A Stethoscope. You won’t get very far without one, so it’s important to invest time in choosing the right stethoscope for you. Comfort is key for both you (think of how many times a day you’ll pop those earpieces in) and your patients (freezing cold bell on an unsuspecting chest?) Set aside ample time for stethoscope sleuthing online. We suggest starting with Amazon – reviews are your best friend.
All of the Pens. As many as you can fit. In as many colours you can find. Remember, where hospitals are concerned, it’s the Wild West when it comes to pens -it’s every nurse for themselves, so when Jane from Gynaecology comes snooping, keep looking straight ahead and don’t break stride.
A Medical Pen Torch. Much of your day is spent investigating – listening (what?) smelling (how?!) searching (where?) and reacting (why!) Medical torches can act as a powerful diagnostic aid. Keep this little guy clipped to your pocket at all times to save time and eye-strain.
A Fob Watch. Stethoscope round your neck, pockets laden with pens, medical torches clipped to your scrubs, fob watch attached…wherever you can find room. Right now you sound more like a mannequin than a medic, but if you can find the room for it, a fob watch boasts many benefits. Not only is it a reliable time-piece, but it keeps infection at bay and saves you the hassle of stripping on and off a wrist watch when washing your hands for the thousandth time in one day.
Self-Compassion. There’s a reason we kept this one ‘til last. We know how hardworking nurses are. We know that you, without question, put the needs, wants and desires of everyone (and we mean everyone) before your own. We know you started reading this list because you wanted to keep learning, researching and discovering new and innovative ways to be the best carer you can be. While each item here matters, nothing is more important than self-care, self-respect and self-compassion. Long hours, difficult cases, sick patients and mounting paperwork can sometimes overshadow the positives and leave you feeling burnt-out. Finding ways to be kind and compassionate towards yourself is crucial to your success. And if you can buzz around the wards brimming with compassion for your patients, you can do it for you, too. Start by researching Meditation and Mindfulness apps, and don’t forget to thank yourself for the work you do to improve the lives of your patients every day. You are paramount to your hospital’s success, your patient’s journey and the wellbeing of your community. Don’t forget that.
So, here you have it:
Nurses, you’re never fully dressed without a stethoscope, all of the pens, a medical pen torch, a fob watch and of course, self-compassion…
Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?