A Nurse’s Pockets


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3am. Night Shift. Patients are sleeping. Charts reviewed. Documentations done. Extra duties performed.


Here’s to list down what’s inside my pockets right now. Just to keep me awake, otherwise, I’ll doze off.


  1. a multicolored pen – I use three different pen colors on my endorsement sheets.
  2. a yellow highlighter – This is to highlight the important tasks in my endorsement sheets.
  3. a penlight – to check pupils in neuro patients and also to use as a light when entering patients’ rooms when patients don’t want to be disturbed by opening the lights.
  4. my hospital ID clipped on the pocket – of course.
  5. a pair of scissors – very dependable, should not go out on duty without.
  6. 6 gauge 23 disposable needles – I need this to put an air vent when IV medications in glass bottles don’t infuse well.
  7. my folded endorsement sheet – I might go crazy if I loose this while on duty.
  8. my wallet – just in case I need money
  9. my cellphone – somebody might call me
  10. a hanky – to clean my oily face in the later part of the shift.
  11. medication trolley key – each nurse has their own key
  12. disaster pager – tonight I was the one assigned to hold the pager
  13. 2 3-cc syringe – to aspirate normal saline for flushing IVs
  14. 1 normal saline plastic ampule – for flushing tubings before administering IV medications
  15. micropore tape – always needed
  16. my USB flash drive – co I could copy a document quickly
  17. my pocket notebook – where I write step-by-step procedures, and phone numbers
  18. a couple of alcohol swabs – to wipe vials, tubing ports
  19. 2 tape removing swabs – used when removing tapes of infiltrated cannulas
  20. some blank stickers – to label tubings
  21. some garbage – caps of needles, and tubings


That’s all folks.


The stethoscope is on my neck, not on my pockets, just in case you’re looking for it…


7 Responses to “A Nurse’s Pockets”

  1. August 3, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    your pocket can hold all of them?? u must be having huge pockets on ur uniform 🙂


  2. June 22, 2011 at 10:02 am

    sa lahat ng pocket naman siguro yan no..andami! bakit ang mga nurse dito parang lang laman ang scrubs nila? hehehe..

    dont wory hindi ko naman hinanap stetos mo.. 😛


  3. June 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    If I were not a nursing student I would have been very surprised at how many things your pocket can hold. 🙂 We just can’t get to the bedside without these important things! And the micropore tape that made our lives hell before!


  4. June 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    whoa! ang dami palang laman ng pocket sa isang nurse! ngayon ko lang nalaman to hehehe! thanks for sharing it to us! 🙂


  5. 5 kat
    June 28, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Ha??? ang dami namang laman yang pocket mo…kasya lahat yon??


  6. June 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    koloka ang mga garbage ko maraming papel ikaw mga caps of needles at tubings hehehe!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. June 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    whoa! cargo pants ba nursing suit mo (jokeness)


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