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Nursing Essentials

Although your skills and your compassion are your most valuable tools in the nursing world. It is also good to have some of these useful nursing essentials to help you through your everyday nurse life.

Good Scrubs

Don’t buy scrubs you can’t move in. As a nurse you are always on the go so make sure your scrubs are comfy, breathable, and easy to clean.

Click Pens

You can never have enough pens! Ask any nurse, and they can all say they have lost one too many pens to count. Click pens are a favorite staple in the nursing world because you just click it to use it versus having to deal with removing a cap. Click pens also usually come with the option to easily attach them to pockets, clipboards, and etc.

Pen Lights

Pen lights are a nursing must have because it is helpful when assessing a patient’s pupils. This is also helpful to have during night shifts so you can avoid needing to turn on lights to prevent cranky patients.

Comfortable Shoes

As a nurse you are always on your feet so make sure to pick out the right shoes that have reliable support. Choosing the right shoes can help prevent back pain and foot problems such as bunions, calluses, and ingrown toenails.


Choosing the right stethoscope is a personal preference but here are some things to consider when finding the right one:

  • Stainless steel or titanium are best for conducting sound.
  • Having thick, durable tubing can help isolate acoustics and external noises.
  • Length should be considered as sound can become compromised with longer tubes.
  • Ear tips should fit you securely to create a seal and prevent external sounds.

Drug Guides or Nursing Diagnosis Apps

Always keep up with the latest pharmaceutical and health information to help ensure the safety of your patients and their health. Small guides and apps are great tools you can access right at your fingertips.

Good Luck!

We want our nurses to succeed so we hope these essential nursing tools help you in your everyday nurse life. Did we miss anything on your nursing must-haves? Wishing you the best always!

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