You might probably wonder what’s inside a nurse’s bag. Contrary to popular beliefs, we don’t always carry medical apparatus like a stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, medicines, gloves, thermometer or whatever you can think of. At least not all the time, since all of those can be already found in the hospital. Unless you’re a still a nursing student where you have to carry all of those including other requirements that weighs like a ton all in all. Haha, that’s just me being salty when my school forced us to carry all those things in our backpacks.
Anyway, a bag of a nurse is just like other people’s bag. Most nurses here carry backpacks though instead of shoulder bags including me obviously.
So here are the things you might find in a nurse’s bag:
I’ll start with the things that are not included here but is also essential: (I just forgot to take a photo of them and now I’m too lazy to take them out lol)
1. PENS– I bring black, blue and red pen everyday to work. Most of the forms in the chart are color coded according to my shift so I always bring my trusty pens.
2. SCRUB SUIT– My area at the hospital is in the Delivery Room so aside from our white uniform, we always have our scrub suit in our bags because that’s what we use inside the DR. We have to change to it everytime we’re about to go inside the Operating Room/Delivery Room complex.
3. INSIDE SHOES– We have to change our shoes too upon entering the complex. Mine is a white slip on.
(Now with the things in the photos)
4. A BOTTLE OF WATER– I always carry a bottle of water with me everywhere. It’s important to stay hydrated especially if your shift is a busy one.
5. GREEN TEA– This is optional. Sometimes I would bring a juice too or a lemonade or whatever sweetened drink I like on that day.
6. NOTEBOOK– when we have no patients, I would doodle on this journal or write something to pass time.
7. EYEGLASSES– Now this doesn’t stay inside the bag. I don’t even know why I included this here since it’s always on my face or else I couldn’t really see anything. I have old lady eyes unfortunately.
8. WATCH- This too, I always wear this watch on my wrist. It’s important to monitor the progress of labor. The only time I remove this is when I have to do the scrubbing to assist the doctor in delivering the baby.
9. FRAGRANCE– After shift, I spray some of this. I don’t want to have a hospital smell or rubbing alcohol smell so this does the trick.