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5 Things You Should Always Bring to Your Nursing Job


If you’re a nurse, there are plenty of tools that have little to do with your job that you’ll need to bring with you on a daily basis. Neglecting one or several of these items can put you in a position in which you aren’t able to perform to the best of your ability.

Here are five things you should always bring to work.

1. Books or apps 

You’ve learned a lot in school, but it’s impossible to know everything. If you’re working in the expansive and ever-evolving field of medicine, you’ve got to stay on top of medication changes and trends. That’s where books come in handy. Bring a reference book or download an app so that you can stay abreast of the most up-to-date health-relevant information.

2. Hand sanitizer 

Hospitals are crawling with germs, which means you’ll need to make an effort to avoid illness. In addition to carefully washing your hands throughout the shift, slather on some hand sanitizer after visiting with a patient or before eating lunch.

3. A notepad

Nurses should carry along a journalist pad so that they can jot down any suggestions made by doctors and other colleagues. Many people have a specific way of handling situations that you can’t find in any textbook.


4. A healthy meal and snacks

You’ll be on your feet most of the shift and may not have time to enjoy a long break. That’s why it’s crucial to bring granola bars and other easy-to-eat snacks with you to work.

5. A sense of humor 

If you can’t shrug off difficult situations and laugh during stressful times, you’ll find that you’re going to have a much harder time getting through long nights than your other colleagues. Be ready for anything and don’t forget to have some fun.

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