How to understand how your nursing stethoscope works
Your stethoscope is one of the most important pieces of equipment that you need as a nurse. As you will be regularly checking on patient’s heart beats and lungs, you will be using it dozens, if not hundreds of times per day.
This is why you need to be very well acquainted with how the device works, so you can quickly resolve any problems that you may experience with it while doing the rounds. You may also be considering buying a new one and cannot decide which type is best for your specific needs.
There are so many different choices on the market today that it can often be a stressful and overwhelming process. Each nurse will have their own specific likes and needs, so there is not much point simply copying what type of stethoscope that your colleagues have, as you will have your own requirements.
When you are looking to purchase a new nursing student stethoscope, here are some tips that you need to keep in mind.
The benefits of having your own stethoscope
There are many different reasons why you should specifically buy your own stethoscope instead of sharing one with theirs.
When you have good acoustics, the sound will be much clearer and your hearings will be a lot more accurate than if there is a lot of external noise coming through. This means that you will have a much better chance of getting accurate diagnosis when considering the blood pressure, lung and heart sounds.
You should ensure that the stethoscope you buy is comfortable to wear as some of the devices can be very hard on the ears and will be painful to wear. As you are going to be using them often during the day, ensure that they fit your ears nicely and are easy to wear.
Make sure that you deal with a quality brand. There is nothing worse than buying a new stethoscope for it to fall apart or break within a few months of having it. Make sure that you do your research and use a reputable brand.
Don’t forget about cost
Certain types of stethoscope can be very expensive. Especially when you are a student nurse, price is going to be an important factor in your decision making process. Some of the high end models will cost hundreds of dollars. Don’t worry; there are many affordable models that you can choose from that will also carry out the job as outlined.
As a student nurse, you just need to have a stethoscope that gets the job done. When you become qualified and are working full time is when you should invest in a more expensive model.
Don’t forget about your specialty
When it comes to buying a stethoscope, there are models that are specific to certain specialties. Whether you work with children, the elderly or specific types of medical conditions, these are factors that need to be considered when buying a stethoscope. You may be working in a very noisy environment, such as an Emergency Room where you will need a noise cancelling stethoscope for example.