I have wanted to be an emergency room nurse for as long as I can remember when I was in nursing school. Perhaps it was the TV show “ER” and the excitement of something new and exciting every shift and not the same-old, same-old that can accompanying working on a long-term or even acute care unit. It took me 3 years of working in pediatrics and in the operating room to eventually land me working in rural ER’s and I’m thankful for the experiences I had before I started. I love working in ER, but now that I am more of a part-time nurse and part-time stay-at-home-mom, I would love to branch our my nursing skills into the world of public health, which is something I NEVER thought I’d say!
Public health would bring the new task of traveling to people’s homes to do home visits and carrying various supplies with me. I would need to carry files of paperwork including patient charts and brochures, tools like my stethoscope, monitors, scissors, tape, hand sanitizer, pens, algorithms, snacks, medications…the list goes on and on! If I ever journey into the world of public health, which I hope to one day, I’m happy to use my new Nurse First bag to it’s full potential.
I received my bag from it’s creator Mark, whose aunt is a nurse on the farm (like me!) and reader of my blog. Mark wanted to design a better nurse bag and I want all nurses to know about the wonderful bag he has designed — it would make a wonderful gift for any nurse. Let’s take a closer look…
This is the front of the bag opened up. There are mesh pockets which I’ve put some personal items into and the flap has another large mesh, zippered pocket too. On the outside is a pocket which I’ve put my name badges and pens on the outside.
Looking from the top, it has a removable file folder, which I’ve placed a binder in and some papers, two spots on either side for water bottles (or anything else) and an adjustable divider for 2 compartments, or 1 large compartment. I’ve put my some snacks in one size and my stethoscope and a few other things in the other side. There’s also a red sharps container pocket with a bioharzard symbol on it, which I wouldn’t need to use for my current job.
On the back side is another pocket that opens, very similar to the front where I’ve put some more pens, my scissors, a mosquito clamp, my ACLS algorithm book and it also has removable organizer pockets which I’ve placed my certifications in.
Mark has generously provided me with a Nurse First bag for the purposes of this blog post and is also providing two more for giveaways! One for a Canadian reader and one for an American reader. This giveaway is open to Canadians and Americans 18 years and older, full contest details available here.
Good luck, I hope you enjoy this bag as much as I do and it will make a great belated Christmas present for you or a nurse you love!
Disclosure: I was provided a Nurse First Bag and compensated for this blog post. All opinions are my own.
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