Every nurse has a bag they bring to work. The majority of what I see are large totes. I’ve seen blue, pink and brown. There was a phase of back packs. However, far and away most nurses carry something that looks like a bland diaper bag.
That being said, I am in favor of the large tote. I envy those that only carry a few items. In truth, I have tried and failed at the small purse. Today I looked at what I and my favorite nurses carry.
I think this one is obvious. You have to have your own. I never think I hear as well when I have to borrow one, not to mention the hassle of it.
I have about 10-15 pens. That may seem like overkill. I have my own pens, the one’s I like to write with. The free ones we all pick up and the one’s I’ve managed to pick up on accident. I have a terrible habit of walking away with pens.
Everyone has their own special items. I personally have concealer, two kinds of lipstick, two lip glosses and matte powder. I carry a small thing of hairspray, bobby pins, hair tie and a comb. I have a nail file. I do not like hang nails and my hands can get dry with hand hygiene and gloves.
This depends on your own medical history, naturally. I never have met a nurse who didn’t have Tylenol or Ibuprofen. I also have some of my regular medications, should I have to stay longer. I also have eye drops and a spare pair of contacts. (That does not include my glasses.) The air is dry in medical facilities.
There is probably lotion at the nurses station and where I work, the nurses have their own “special” lotion hidden. I still have my favorite in a sample size. I like Eucerin or Alveno. Right now I am carry Hemp in Coconut. I love the smell and the way it feels.
Always ready to know when I work next, other appointments or celebrations coming up.
I have my wallet and check book. I make sure to keep it secure. There are times I have to order food to be delivered and need a payment source. I also carry one or two dollars in cash.
I communicate with our doctors via my phone. Some work places have phone chargers. Mine doesn’t. After ten to twelve hours at work, it sometimes needs charging.
I not only have my personal keys, but also my work keys.
This is where the girls meet the women in carrying items. I have enough room for a protein shake or two and a protein bar. Honestly, sometimes it’s a diet soda or water. I come prepared to stay hydrated and awake. It’s almost a treat to have my own flavor.
This list is not complete. It is fluid. It varies from day to day. But for the nurse starting out, it’s a good guideline. My nurse friends and I have over 40 years of experience together. I am not ashamed of my big bag. I carry it with pride. I hope this helps some or maybe give you a laugh. I do notice, as most nurses do, I carry more than one of several items. It’s the same concept as the alcohol pad. Why take one in your pocket if you may need twenty?