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Nurse Work Bag

6.16.20

What’s in my work bag?

I thought this would be a fun post to share! As many of you know after taking 2 years off from nursing to work for myself at home, I went back to work at the hospital in April. To tell you the truth, I didn’t know if I would ever go back to nursing. I was so burnt out, unhappy, and unmotivated when I left in 2018. But there was always a small part of me that missed it. I missed having more structure in my day, working with people, and making a difference in my patient’s lives. When the COVID pandemic started, I was lucky enough to go back to the hospital I used to work at. Instead of signing on as staff, I went back as a local travel nurse. If you’re interested in travel nursing, check out this post where I answer a ton of frequently asked questions. 

It was quite the adjustment going back to work at the hospital after working from home for 2 years. I was quickly reminded that 12 hour shifts are no joke! So what helps get me through my long day at the hospital?! 

  • Stethoscope  (even though I primarily use the disposable ones right now because of COVID).
  • Pens 
  • Chapstick 
  • Eyeglasses 
  • White Hydroflask to fill up water
  • Teal Yeti coffee mug  
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Hand lotion- my hands are SO dry right now 
  • Ibuprofen 
  • Phone charger 
  • Extra hair ties
  • Face mask to wear in- we get new ones at the entrance after they take our temp and ask if we have any new respiratory symptoms 
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste  (I usually brush my teeth after lunch).
  • Lunch bag- packed with a protein bar, yogurt with granola, a protein shake, and a big salad

All of my nurse friends, what are your shift must haves?