I’m starting with ICU Night Shift tonight so thought it was fitting to do one of those what’s in my bag posts (which just by the way I’ve always wanted to do)!
So here’s a list of all the things I take with me to clinics and why:
Extra Doctor’s Jacket - When working with sick patients it is very likely that you are going to get urinated or vomited on at some point so I always take an extra jacket with just in case.
Name Badge - Because who doesn’t love wearing a name badge!! PS Can’t wait till it says Dr and then my name!
Lunch Box - I always take a sandwich or snack with me (which I haven’t made yet in this picture!)
Snack Bar - I really struggle to function properly if I haven’t eaten anything in awhile and it’s not always possible to sit down and have a proper snack or meal. I always have a snack bar in my pocket so I can eat something super quickly if I’m starting to feel like I need it.
Something to Drink and Bottle of Water - I know coke is not the healthiest thing in the world but I don’t drink coffee so hoping the caffeine will help get me through the long nights of ICU!
F10 Hand Gel - F10 gave us these awesome little bottles of hand gel which are the perfect size to keep in your bag and really useful if you need to wash your hands on the go!
Thermometer - Need I say more! PS This is my second one in 2 weeks so I have a feeling I’m going to be buying a lot of these over the next year!
Lip Ice - Those hospital air conditioners nail your lips!
Small Pair of Scissors - Useful for cutting off bandages etc.
Small Notebook - I always need to jot something down quickly but it also helps to write down interesting facts that you’ve just learnt or if there’s something you want to read up more about later. Trust me you will forget after a long day!
Pens - Always have a black pen for important documents and patient forms.
Pencil - To mark your blood smears.
Ruler - Because I have an obsession with rulers and love to have one on me at all times, don’t ask!
Calculator - Some people just use their phones but I prefer to use my scientific one if I’m doing hectic drug calculations just so I can see the whole equation and double check to make sure it’s correct.
Plasters - Because I’m still a rookie and manage to poke myself with needles all the time! Although I generally end up using the colourful elastoplast because it looks so pretty! But these are also useful for blisters if you’ve been on your feet all day.
Stethoscope - With a dog tag with my name and number. I’d hate for it to land up in someone else’s hands and go missing!
Artery Forceps with an Elastic Band - For occluding veins.
Patella Hammer - For reflexes!
Slip Lead - Trust me some dog’s can get out of their cages at the speed of lightning once you open that door and having a slip lead handy helps a tonne to catch them!
My Medication - I’m on chronic medication which I always take at night so for ICU I need to remember to take my own medication and not only make sure the dogs and cats have there’s.
Some Coins - For if I feel like a midnight or 4am snack from the vending machine!
Other than that I always make sure I’ve got a watch on me for TPR’s and a warm jacket because it’s winter here at the moment and it gets really cold at night and in the early mornings.
I hope I haven’t forgotten anything but I guess if I have I’ll find out tonight.
Some of our creators took on the #WhatsInMyBag Challenge!
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Wednesday October 26, 2016
Haven’t posted in ages, so I figured I’d make a post on what’s in my backpack! Here’s my Kanken which is all beat up but still super sturdy. Plus the essentials like my planner and money for coffee (because I’m a caffeine addict).
This is my first ever ‘What’s in my school bag’ post and my last because I am going to graduate in a few months. I decided not to renew all my school supplies. It wouldn’t make sense since I approximately only have 3 months of school left and then exams start.
*some items may be non vegan and from non cruelty free brands. I’m transitioning and still have stuff I bought a year or longer ago. I’m using them up since throwing them away would be a waste*
BAGS I have 2 bags for school. I use the black one from H&M when I do not have to carry a lot of stuff and my Kanken when I have to bring heavy text books.
I decided not to buy a new planner because - like I mentioned before- I only have 3 months left and it would be a waste of paper. I am going to use my Bullet Journal instead.
BOOK I always bring something to read because sometimes i have some spare time during the day.
GUM I keep them in this little tin box from Nanu Nana
Formulary I always have this with me. It is very handy especially if you want to look up a formula you’ve already forgotten about.
TISSUES I never leave the house without them. NEVER. I usually put 3 packs of them in my bag.
UMBRELLA I ALWAYS carry an umbrella with me. In the winter and summer time.
LINT ROLLER I usually only wear dark/black clothing and every cat owner knows the struggle with cat hairs. I ALWAYS have cat hair on my clothes no matter how much I use the roller. The struggle is real.
COIN PURSE Recently I started taking some change with me because I often have no time to make breakfast. And sometimes,out of the blue, teachers decide to collect money for copies.
FOLDERS I have a folder for every subject because I use loose paper instead of exercise books
BINDER Every year I costumize a binder or folder where I keep my paper in.
PENCIL CASE (DIY)
a black pen for transparent sheets (don’t know if there is word for them in Engish)
black gel pens
fountain pen by Pelikan
ruler from Nanu Nana
3 regular pencils and a mechanical one by BiC
1 fineliner (orange) and 2 felt tips (black and red) by Stabilo
chap stick by Bee Natural in the flavour pomegranate
I forgot to label this: a -of course- black eraser
paint brush art is one of my main subjects and I always have a paint brush with me because those in school are of bad quality and I really dislike using them. And I never know when I will be needing one.
EMERGENCY KIT (H&M)
pads and tampons ALWAYS carry either one of them with you even if you are not on your period. I saved the lives of my friends multiple times. Your friends (and you) will be thankful.
valerian-, carsickness tablets & painkillers
I accidentally labelled the handsanitizer twice. Oops
forgot this number completely sorry😅
oil control sheets
Victoria’s Secret bodyspray in Coconut Passion
lipliner by Essence in the color 05 Soft Berry
Lastly I wanted to talk about my binder/folder. I printed pics out (hooray for shitty printers) and glued them to my folder.(obviously) I keep loose checkered and lined paper in there, sheet protectors in which I put my notes in afterwards. I also made this DIY where I put paper in sheet protectors for note taking. I don’t know about you guys but I hate having to erase all the pencil from my notes when I rewrite them. With this method I can rewrite my notes without all that erasing.
This turned out to be a long post but I hope this is helpful for those who want some inspo or do not know what to pack in their bags. And I hope this is enjoyable for those who like posts like this.
So, here are my essentials for day to day life in clinical year:
Books: I try to bring small, concise reference guides that I can quickly read between cases. Saves me from scrambling through notes and textbooks if I quickly need to check something. Plus they are handy for creating ddx lists!
Laptop: I always bring my laptop for research, access to VIN, (Tumblr) etc etc.
Nurses Pouch: See my previous post on what I carry with me at all times whilst in the hospital.
Spare name badge: My name badge has a habit of getting lost or left on yesterday’s scrub top, so keeping one in my bag ensures that the clinicians can remain comfortable whilst they forget my name ;)
Spare scrubs: Depending on what rotation I am on, I keep a spare set of scrubs or overalls in my bag or locker just in case I get blood/poo/wee/god-knows-what-else on me.
Makeup: You know those days where you have had zero sleep, you feel gross and everything is going wrong? I always keep some concealer, mascara and a brow kit in my bag to spruce myself up during the day. I know it seems superficial, but it makes me feel better when I am on the verge of tears for getting drilled for the fifth time that day on a topics that my knowledge isn’t strong in.
Travel Coffee Mug: Do I really need to explain why?
Phone charger: Your phone can be handy to quickly google on the run, call your mum to have a cry or watch some cute cat videos to destress at lunch (if you have time to have lunch). If your phone is like mine and likes to die half way through the day, then keep a charger handy!
Deodorant and Perfume: Maybe you have been running your patient all over the hospital or you got anal glanded on or you just can’t work out where THAT smell is coming from, make yourself smell nice for your clinicians and clients!
Spare change: For the all important dash to the coffee van/vending machine/chocolate fundraising box! All essential fuels for a vet student on the run.
Planner: My life is ridiculously hectic so keeping a planner helps me stay organised. When your schedule changes every 1-2 weeks, it is handy to know where I need to be and when.
Also, not pictured here, I bring a delicious lunch and snacks to keep me fueled throughout the day. Tea and coffee also tag along too.
What are your quintessential items that you carry with you to vet school each day?
This year I bought a Fjallraven Kanken backpack! I think it’s super cute and, have heard a lot of great reviews about it. I got mine in the Frost green color, classic. The rest of the items are a few things that I will be taking with me on the first day of school.
Zebra Mildliners-These are essential for my planner and for highlighting notes. I always switch the packs up throughout the school year.
Muji Pen Case- I never use a pencil case but this is very minimalistic and was super cheap so i thought I would give it a try. Unfortunately, it fell off my desk the first day I got it so it chipped and a piece broke off but I can still use it.
Papermate Led Pencil-This pencil is 0.5 led and it works very well for my handwriting. I have been using this type of pencil since the beginning of high school. For my sophmore and junior year I used the same pencil, which is why I bought a new pack for my senior year. I don’t lend it to anyone and as you can see, I only carry one around.
Papermate InkJoy Pens- I don’t normally use these pens, but these were on sale and they were ballpoint which is my favorite. I’m willing to give these a try. I packed in two blacks and one pink. I love using pens for my notes. I also want to carry around a Staedtler but it won’t fit in this case.
MUJI Pens 0.38- When I went to Muji, I bought both a blue and black 0.38 pens. I prefer these more than the 0.5. I haven’t actually tried taking notes in this but, I’m excited to start.
Post-It Flags and Hi-Polymer Eraser- These Post-it flags are my absolute favorite. I just recently finished a whole set I bought since 8th grade! So I bought a new set from staples which cost me $15. I decided to just put a pack in my pencil case. I also have this eraser from a pack I bought yearsssss ago! I guess you can say i take care of my stuff XD
Planner-Planners are the best. I can’t live without them. For the summer, I did bullet journal but I prefer buying one for school. The one my school provides us is too little and just not my favorite. I remember last year I didn’t even get one! This planner was $20 that i actually got from Columbia University’s Bookstore. it comes with stickers and I’m just excited to start using it.
Binder- I use one binder for all my classes. Every year I buy a plastic, 6 pocket folder which easily fits in my binder. I also buy dividers to seperate each class and this year I saved some money with looseleaf since I already had some before.
Overall this is all I will be bringing with me throughout the school year. I will keep an umbrella on one of the side pockets, a water bottle, house keys, phone, headphones, feminine products and some snacks. If anyone is interested I could even do an updated one in a few months. Hope everyone has a good first day or good semester!