NP Clinical Must-Haves

Lab Coat

So obviously this is a must have, I’m sure your school wouldn’t let you step foot in a hospital without it. But still, Landau makes a good one that is durable.


Again another obvious one. I still used my simple one that I use when I work and really have found that there’s no reason to get a really expensive one. Nowadays, docs are trying to move towards nurses using bedside ultrasounds. These will allow nurses to assess heart tones as well as the structure. Although, I think it’s going to be awhile before everybody gets on board with that idea

Maxwell quick referenceIMAG1575

This is great to keep in your pocket. It allows to quickly reference algorithms, lab values, progress notes, H &Ps, and specialized exams.

51bs1keDk+L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Pocket Medicine

I didn’t have this one but I am constantly told by my classmates that it has been a lifesaver so it’s definitely on list of resources to get. It basically gives you an overview of each disease by system. How to identify them and how to manage them/treat them.

Pocket NotepadIMAG1576

This is great to have in your pocket because you never know when you’re going to have to do jot down notes from an H&P, write down lab results, or just reminders of things to study or not to forget.

Your Cell Phone

Ok, so your cell phone is a must have because nowadays we use a lot of apps like epocrates, Medscape or medcalc for assistance, BUT, just make sure you’re not caught texting or internet surfing because that makes you look unprofessional and can even reflect badly on your program.

Pens, Highlighters and Permanent Markers

Being just a bedside nurse in general, it’s always good to have these in your pocket. It’s good to be prepared because you never know when you’ll need an extra pen because you lost yours, a highlighter to highlight important discharge information, or a permanent marker to mark down important dates and times.


Some Kind of Chap stick or Lip MoisturizerIMAG1579

Lets face it, hospitals are dry and I don’t know about you but I’m always using a lip moisturizer the keep my lips moist because if I don’t, they get so dry and chapped and start to hurt, which becomes a distraction.




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