Nurse Born Stethoscope Holder
I was given the amazing opportunity to review the Nurse Born Stethoscope holder, from NurseBorn.com for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed are genuine and my own. NurseBorn.com offers items created and inspired by nurses, for nurses. I have put this poor thing through many rigorous tests and I have to admit, I fell in love with this stethoscope holder.
I have been guilty of wearing my stethoscope around my neck throughout nursing school. In the past, I have tried several stethoscope holders and was not impressed. The holders I had purchased were cheaply made and my stethoscope fell out numerous times. The holders ended up curbside and my stethoscope went right back around my neck.
Why you should NOT wear your stethoscope around your neck
Well, germs of course. Why do I constantly keep slinging my stethoscope around my neck (near my face!!) in between patients and in the halls on the hospital? It’s simple, I didn’t have anywhere else to put it. Really though, when I sit down and evaluate my actions, I am ashamed that as a nurse I would willingly allow something so germ infested near my face. I am not proud.
Having your stethoscope around you neck can cause neck strain. The neck strain often leads to headaches. I also feel like having the stethoscope around my neck affects my posture, as though I stoop forward a little more.
Have you ever done CPR with a stethoscope dangling from your neck? I have and it is super distracting until someone grabs it off of you and tosses it into a corner somewhere.
It also gets in the way, during patient care. I have neglected it several times in patient rooms after a full head to toe, just because it always managed to dangle in the way. Which brings me to my next point.
It Gets Lost
Throwing it to the side during CRP and patient care, has almost caused the loss of my precious Littmann. Stethoscopes are an investment. Mine ended up costing me over $100.00 USD after adding the rainbow bell and engraving. Keeping it in a holder will help protect your investment.
The oils and lipids from our skin actually harden the PVC that the stethoscope tubing is made out of. Putting the stethoscope around our neck is actually shortening their lives. Again, protect that investment!
During my mental health rotation, we were not permitted to have our stethoscopes in the psych units. We get so preoccupied with the safety of the patients that we sometimes neglect to make safe decisions ourselves. In a matter of seconds, the tool we hold so dear to us can become a weapon.
Why I love the Nurse Born Stethoscope Holder
The plastic is a HARD plastic. It feels sleek and I really love the design. All the clips maneuver smoothly and cleaning it is a cinch. Nurse Born also gives us color choices, allowing the owner freedom of customization. These come in hot pink, mint green, black, white, and caribbean blue. The white is going to look amazing with my navy blue scrubs!
Fits Most Brands
There is ample room in the clip. I was able to fit both my Littmann Classic II S.E. and my Prestige Medical Sprague Stethoscope in the clip without any issues. I love that this design offers flexibility since I used both of these stethoscopes throughout nursing school.
I took the holder (and my Littmann) jogging with me. For the 2 miles I ran, it did not fall off once. I also did a few cartwheels in it. Even though the clip slipped a little and the stethoscope ended up in an awkward position, it still stayed clipped! It cannot fall out even if you hold the clip with the stethoscope in it upside down due to the design.
Made by a Nurse
Nursing is not just a career, it’s a lifestyle. Nurses are a staple in the community. We also just “get” one another. There is an unspoken bond between nurses, like a sisterhood/brotherhood. Supporting nurse entrepreneurs is important to me and I feel as though it strengthens our bonds and allows for future innovations. Most importantly, who knows better what a nurse needs in a product, then a nurse?
This is one tool that I will be singing praises about. I cannot wait until next week when I start my first nursing job, so I can try it out in the hospital setting. If you would like to add this wonderful product to your clinical bag, visit NurseBorn.com.
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