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