7 Essentials for Your Nursing Bag

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Preparation is the Recipe for Success

As a travel nurse, you never know what your day will bring. With so much going on, having everything you need within reach is crucial. That's why having a well-stocked nursing bag is essential for any nurse. 

In this blog post, we'll review the essentials every nurse should have in their nursing bag. From basic items like pens and a notepad to more specialized tools like stethoscopes and medical scissors, we'll cover everything you need to remain prepared for any situation. Whether you're a new travel nurse or an experienced professional looking to streamline your daily routine, this guide will help you create the perfect nursing bag.  

So, let's dive in and start building your ultimate nursing bag today! 


Lotion and Hand Sanitizer 
Hospitals are well-stocked, but carrying extra for emergencies never hurts. It's not only important but necessary to disinfect frequently throughout the day; however, all that alcohol does a number on your skin. Dry, cracked hands can be distracting and painful, so keep some quality, unscented hand lotion in your bag for relief. 


Bandage Scissors 
You can never find a pair when needed, so bring your own. These scissors are handy for several things, so an extra pair is bound to come in handy at some point. 

Small Notebook 
Nurses take countless notes throughout their days, so ensure you have an extra notebook nearby for backup. Get one with a pen attached, and you won't have to worry about losing it every five minutes! Now you can jot down anything from reminders to phone numbers and more. 


Sanitary Items 
There's no such thing as having too many pairs of gloves. Your nursing bag is a great place to stash extra gloves, cotton balls, masks, shoe covers, gauze, and anything else you might need at a moment's notice when rushing to assist with emergency surgery or unexpected trauma. 


It's around your neck 95% of the time, but it should probably be in your bag when it's not. You use it constantly, so keep it close! 


Snacks and Water 
Shifts are long, and some days, you don't even get thirty seconds for a bathroom break, let alone ensuring you're adequately nourished. Stock your bag with easy-to-eat snacks you can grab on the go and eat one-handed if necessary. Pick items that will provide plenty of energy to keep you going and remember to stay hydrated! 


Lip Balm 
Long hours and low humidity can cause dryness and chapped lips. Keeping lip balm in a convenient place helps to protect your lips from becoming dry and uncomfortable, allowing you to focus on your patients. 


As you get a feel for the particular needs of your assignment, you'll probably want to add more items tailored to meet those needs. In the meantime, this is a solid list of items to keep on hand so you go in prepared. 

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