Top 10 Best Nurse Coffee Mugs (in 2021)

Top 10 Best Nurse Coffee Mugs (in 2021)

Coffee, anyone?  Yes, please.

Since becoming a nurse and the mother of two amazing little humans, my caffeine consumption has reached an all-time high.

I’ve been so tired for so long that I don’t even remember what my life was before I became a daily coffee consumer.  (Parenthood will do that to you!).

But being a tired nurse and mom is where life is for me at the moment.  Coffee for me, quite literally, is my lifeblood.  Not to mention, it brings me joy.

After all, they say that it’s the little things in life that make us the happiest, and for most of my mom and nurse friends, drinking a great cup of joe fits that statement perfectly!

Great coffee needs a great coffee mug

I appreciate having a great mug or travel container to drink coffee now that I am always on the go.  Mainly because nurses and moms know there is no time to sit and rest – there are just too many people to take care of!

I’m not even a little ashamed to say I have also become a bit of a coffee snob.  (Although I have recently switched it up a bit by adding matcha green tea into my caffeine regimen for a little extra antioxidant power.)

But developing my coffee habit isn’t the worst thing that could have ever happened.  After all, there is scientific evidence that drinking coffee is may be beneficial to overall health in many ways:

Coffee benefit #1. Drinking coffee may undo liver damage caused by booze.

Even though my college party days are long behind me, this was still great news to hear.  Researchers analyzed data from nine previously published studies with a total of more than 430,000 participants – and found that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44% lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis!

Coffee benefit #2:  Coffee may help you live longer.

A Stanford University study that tracked 100 people over several years, and found that coffee drinkers tended to live longer than non-coffee drinkers.  The authors theorized that  increased caffeine consumption might counteract the “fundamental inflammatory mechanism associated with human aging.”

Coffee benefit #3:  Regular coffee consumption may be good for your heart and brain.

The American Heart Association and the University of Colorado School of Medicine found that risk of heart failure or stroke went down 8 percent for each additional cup of coffee per day.

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The top 25 best nurse coffee mugs:

Now that we know that coffee is not only essential for our daily function as nurses and also may benefit our brains and body, but there is also only one more thing left to do. And that is to find the best nurse coffee mugs to enjoy our delicious brew.

With no further ado and in no particular order, here are the top 25 best nurse coffee mugs!

#1.  I Will Stab You Mug

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#2.  Before Patients, After Patients 11oz Coffee Mug and Wine Glass Set

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#3.  Nurse Helping Hands Coffee Mug

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#4.  We Can’t Fix Stupid But We Can Sedate It Coffee Mug

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#5.  Cute Enough To Stop Your Heart, Skilled Enough To Restart It Nurse Coffee Mug

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#6.  Nurse Cause Badass Life Saver Isn’t An Official Job Title Nurse Coffee Mug


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#7.  I’m A Nurse What’s Your Superpower?

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#8.  Funny Nursing Student Coffee Mug

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#9.  I am A Mom And A Nurse Nothing Scares Me

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#10.  Please Do Not Confuse Your Google Search With My Nursing Degree

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6 Best Nurse Pocket Organizers For Nursing Shifts

6 Best Nurse Pocket Organizers For Nursing Shifts

How do you keep your nursing accessories organized during a nursing shift?

If you are like many busy nurses, you may be stuffing your pockets – which isn’t very organized at all. Not to mention, it looks very unprofessional for a nurse to be shuffling through their pockets for one of many nurse tools and accessories they need throughout the shift.  (I’ve been that nurse too, believe me!)

The reality is that nursing shifts are already insanely busy as they are. Do you want to keep making a dozen extra trips around the unit for things you keep forgetting?

How many times have you had to walk back to the nurse’s station, supply room, or med room for things such as:

I can’t tell you how many times I had to leave a patient’s room to go back and find something that I had forgotten.  Especially in my early nursing career days.

Until one day, it finally dawned on me that many of these supplies could be kept organized right within an arms reach at all times.  I can’t even tell you how much time that saved me!

I was never a fan of the “fanny pack” look (although, believe it or not, fanny packs are coming back into style here in Los Angeles!).  But my goal has always been to provide excellent care to may patients, so if a “fanny pack” helps me achieve that, then I was all for it!

Besides, as a new nurse grad, I needed all the help and support I could get.  And now, almost eight years into my nursing career, I still use a nurse pocket organizer just like #3 on this list!

Have you ever thought about using a nurse pocket organizer or a fanny pack?

These are simple solutions to preventing unnecessary trips back to the supply room for random things you forgot to grab.

Being a great nurse involves managing your time well.  Nurses already have enough on their plates when taking care of patients during their shifts. Less unnecessary trips for supplies = more time for patient care.

Nurse pocket organizers also help keep nursing shifts less stressful.  Knowing you have the supplies you need within your reach at all times will not only keep you calmer in stressful situations, but you will appear more professional as well.

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The best nurse pocket organizers for nurses:

1.  New Gear Medical – Hip Pack Organizer

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This product is one of the larger nurse pocket organizers on the market.  The nurses who have used this say they love it because they can keep everything need with them.

For those who want the extra space to carry more nurse accessories on them and even a small notebook, this one may be right for you.

More about this product:

  • Hands-free carrying system- keep key items at your fingertips
  • Dimensions: 14″ L x 7.5″ H, Weight: 1 lbs. – Fits up to a 44-inch waist
  • Antimicrobial technology
  • Water-resistant

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2.  Valencia Med 2 Sided – 9 Pocket Nurse Organizer Utility Belt

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This is product is also highly rated by customers for durability.  It is a more compact nurse pocket organizer – however, it still has nine pockets, including one zippered pocket (great for keeping cash & credit cards). You can see from the photo that it is still large enough to hold a cell phone.

More about this product:
  • Specifically designed for nurses
  • 9 Pockets (one zippered-two netted)
  • Belt length: can extend to 42 inches
  • Organizer size: 6 x 8 inches.
  • Double-Sided/Reversible- so you can wear on either side
  • (Items in the photo do not come with this product).
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3.  Prestige Medical Pink Belt Loop Organizer Kit

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Keep in mind that this product does not come with a belt, but it fits easily in most scrub top pockets or the cargo pocket of most scrub pants.  May work better for nurses who prefer not to have the traditional “fanny pack” appearance.  It does have a belt loop on the back that fits most belts.

This cute pink nurse pocket organizer is very compact- but just might be the right amount of space you need for your supplies.

This particular product also makes an excellent gift for a nursing student or new nurse graduate because it also comes with the products shown in the photo.

Also included in this nurse organizer:

  • 4 Pocket Pal with Belt Loop
  • Includes Scissors
  • Forceps
  • 3 Color Pen and Penlight

More about this product:

  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches

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4.  KangaPak Nursing Organizer Belt – 9 Pocket Utility Pouch

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For the nurse that wants a lot of storage – this is a nurse organizer, you may want to consider.  Many of the reviews mention that it can fit a cell phone as well as keys – along with other important nurse supplies needed during the workday.
Keep in mind that although it is made of durable material, the more you put in, the heavier it will get.   Also, it does not have skinny “pen-style” pockets – if that is important to you.   (Supplies in photo not included)
More about this product:
  • Sits on the waist
  • Has 9 mesh pockets so you can easily see everything inside
  • Elastic belt adjusts to most waistlines and moves with your body throughout the day -made of breathable, machine-washable canvas
  • Fits close to the body 
  • Dimensions: 9 × 8.5 × 2 inches, belt measures 24 inches at its shortest, 37 inches fully extended, weight 6.5 oz
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5.  Pocket Pal II Medical Instrument Organizer/Pocket Protector

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This product is a true pocket protector – it does not come with a belt, but it fits easily in most scrub top pockets or the cargo pocket of most scrub pants.

It also fits very well in lab coats – it is simple, and keeps your pockets clean and organized!  You won’t lose your pens with this nifty organizer.   It fits essential items that you need in your packets and makes them easy to find versus digging around in your pockets.

More about this product:

  • Snap open belt loop reinforced with hook and loop adhesive
  • Velcro restraining strap secures scissors
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6.  Cherokee Women’s Nurse Apron Organizer Belt

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This product had a lot of great reviews- and it comes in several other colors as well.   This apron-style nurse organizer easily helps to organize pens, highlighters, flushes, scissors, and alcohol pads right at your fingertips.  The belt is adjustable and fits unobtrusively on the hip.

More about this product:

  • Neoprene
  • Soft washable neoprene
  • Apron organizer belt
  • Has a 52-inch adjustable belt
  • Quick-release buckle
  • Has eight convenient pockets and one tape loop
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9 Thoughtful Yet Practical Gifts For Nurses

9 Thoughtful Yet Practical Gifts For Nurses

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Looking for a thoughtful yet practical gift for the nurse in your life?

Nurses do so much for patients without getting much (if any) appreciation for their incredibly hard and selfless work.  Giving a nurse a thoughtful and practical gift that they can use on the job lets them know that you appreciate how hard they work to help others during some of the worst times in their lives.  These gifts are perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, nursing school graduation, or any other special occasion.

Practical Gifts For Nurses:

1.  Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle

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Many nurses don’t drink nearly enough water during their 12-hour shifts and then go home wholly dehydrated.  Therefore, nurses need a good water bottle to bring to work with them every single day!   Water is essential for life and good health, which is why a quality Hydro Flask Water Bottle makes such a great gift for nurses of all experiences and specialties.  We must encourage our nurses to take as good care of themselves as they do their patients.  After all, when nurses can tend to their own self-care needs, they can give even better care to their patients.

The Hydro Flask Water Bottle is a high-quality water bottle that can be used for many years and still look brand new.  It is made out of food-grade stainless steel and is BPA free.  Also, it has excellent insulation, which prevents condensation from forming on the outside of the bottle.

But the best part about the Hydro Flask Water Bottle is the TempShield Insulation, which keeps beverages at the same temperature for many hours (hot drinks for 6 hours & cold drinks for up to 24 hours!). 

If there is one single practical gift that every nurse needs, it is an insulated water bottle!

2.  Contigo Stainless Steel Travel Coffee Mug

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Regular coffee mugs just won’t work for busy nurses working with patients.  For one, nurses are seldom in the same place for more than a few minutes.  And it would be great if their coffee could be the same temperature when they finally got back to take a sip of it!

The Contigo Coffee Mug is a popular choice among many nurses (myself included – I have had one for the last four years).  It has a leak-proof lid (when closed) for on-the-go activities.  In addition, drinks stay hot up to 7 hours and cold up to 18 hours with vacuum insulation.  This brand even comes with a lifetime warranty.

3.  Chicken Soup For The Soul: Inspiration For Nurses

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It is no secret that becoming a nurse is a personal calling and requires a lot of grit and compassion from those who enter the profession.  Nurses deal with patients in some of the worst times of their lives and deal with both life and death situations.  Therefore, it never hurts to share some inspiration with one!

Chicken Soup For The Soul:  Inspiration For Nurses consists of 101 heartwarming stories that encourage, inspire, and reassure nurses that their patients and families appreciate the nurse’s compassionate service.  Nurses can use all the help and encouragement they can get, and this book of personal stories helps remind nurses why they became a nurse in the first place.

4.  Raptor Shears

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Many nurses I work with in the emergency room have the Raptor Shears, and we use them frequently in emergency situations.  You can hook it to a belt or secure it using the pocket clip.    Also, the Raptor Shears have a 25-year limited warranty, which could last through a nurse’s entire medical career or longer.  This tool is an amazing and practical gift for a nurse.

The Rapture Shears are 6 tools wrapped into one:

  • Medical shears
  • Strap cutter
  • Ring cutter
  • Ruler
  • Oxygen tank wrench
  • Carbide glass breaker

 5.  Safety First, Drink With A Nurse Wine Tumbler


 

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If you have a wine-loving nurse in your life, then the Safety First, Drink With A Nurse Wine Tumbler just might be the perfect gift.  And there are over 14 colors to choose from.

It is vacuum insulated and designed for both cold and hot beverages – so you can drink the perfect temperature liquid all day long.  Also, the cup prevents any sweating on the outside of the cup.

6.  Vein Finder

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Starting IV’s is one of the most challenging and stressful clinical tasks that nurses will learn during the first few years in the profession.  A vein finder is a great gift for nursing students, new nurse graduates, and even seasoned nurses who need a little extra help with starting an IV.

For patients who are a difficult “stick” (as we call it in nursing), it is so helpful to have a vein finder in the back pocket.  This is a very practical gift for nurses because many patients need an IV to receive fluids and other medications.

7.  Cute Compression Socks

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Compression socks must be a part of every nurse’s uniform because they help keep nurse’s legs healthy!  Years of working on one’s feet for 12-hour shifts can be hard on the body and contribute to various venous issues.  Luckily, wearing quality compression socks can help nurses prevent varicose veins, leg swelling, and decrease muscle soreness.

They work by squeezing the blood in the legs like a garden hose back up the leg, thereby increasing blood circulation.  Many nurses even say that compression socks help keep their legs noticeably energized after a long shift.

By giving a nurse a set of compression socks, you are letting them know that you care about their health and well-being.  What a great message to send!

8.  A Funny Nurse Coloring Book (to help nurses manage their work stress!)

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If you are looking for a funny gift to make a nurse laugh, here it is!  Any nurse receiving a Nurse Coloring Book: Sweary Midnight Edition will find a little truth and humor within the pages.  After all, being a nurse can be very stressful, and a laugh-out-loud book that can be shared with others for hours can provide a lot of well-needed stress relief.  It would make a great gift for recent nurse graduates, new nurses in the field, or an experienced nurse as well!

9.  Nurse Lunch Bag

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Most nurses learn very quickly that they need to prepare and pack their own food for two reasons:  1) hospital food gets old quick and usually isn’t very tasty, and 2) packing a healthy lunch in advance ensures that the nurse will eat healthier throughout their shift.  Otherwise, when lunch comes and they are so exhausted, there is a chance they might reach for some not-so-healthy options.

The Baloray Lunch Bag is waterproof & leak proof.  This brand claims to keep food cold or warm for more than 6 hours.  It is also super easy to clean and is very lightweight.   

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12 Nurse Essentials I Can’t Live Without!

12 Nurse Essentials I Can’t Live Without!

I have a few favorite nurse essentials that I keep with me each day I go to work.

I am a registered nurse who has worked in several departments in the hospital setting taking care of ER, Med Surg, and ICU patients.  As a result, I have seen it all and then some.  And I still see new things that shock me every day.

I created this list of my favorite essentials I use as a nurse to help other nurses keep their professional nurse game on point.

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12 Nurse Essentials I Can’t Live Without

 

 

#1.  Littman Stethoscope

I bought a 3M Littmann Classic in nursing school, and I have been using it ever since.  They are available in many different colors and have a “non-chill” rim, so you don’t shock your patients with a cold stethoscope.  Whether you are trying to obtain a manual blood pressure or listening to lung sounds, every nurse needs to have a stethoscope.

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#2.  Koala-Qlip Stethoscope holder

Keeping your stethoscope around your neck can get in the way sometimes.  I love the Koala-Qlip stethoscope holder because it attaches firmly to my scrubs and it takes the weight of the stethoscope off my neck.

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#3.  Nike Running Shoes

 

Nikes are my favorite shoes to wear for 12-hour shifts when I know I’m going to be on my feet all day long.  Wearing sturdy, no-slip shoes that help cushion your feet during 12-hour shifts is an absolute must!

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#4.  Compression Socks

 

Compression stockings are often overlooked as a way to prevent some of the chronic issues that come from working in a profession where you are on your feet for such long hours.  Wearing compression socks helps to prevent varicose veins, improve venous blood flow, decrease the risk of blood clots, and decrease swelling of the ankles and feet.  I have found that compression socks with 20-30mmHg are the right compression strength for me as a nurse.

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#5.  Apple Watch

At work, I use the Apple Watch as a stopwatch, a timer, and as an alarm to remind myself of tasks I might forget when my shift gets crazy busy.  I can also receive and send text messages on it without having to carry my cell phone with me.

But my favorite thing about the Apple Watch is that it records how much I stand, exercise, and move throughout my shift (it breaks them down into colorful rings)  and tells me how many total steps I get in a shift.  My record so far is 22,000 steps during a single shift!

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#6.  Underscrub T-Shirts

 

Comfortable under scrub t-shirts are great because it can get cold in the hospital.  This brand is especially great because they have thumb holes in the sleeves.  I have several so that I always have a clean one to put on under my scrubs.

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#7.  Insulated Coffee Mug

 

As a nurse and mom, I start my days very early, usually by 0530.  And then I’m usually on the road to get to work no later than 0600.  Which doesn’t leave a lot of time to sit for coffee.  I have used the same Contigo coffee mug for over a year, and it is still in great condition.  It is 20 oz, is stainless and has a lockable lid that is leak proof.  Best of all, it keeps my coffee hot for up to 7 hours!

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#8.  Hydro Cell Water Bottle

 

My Hydro Cell Water bottle is another item I have with me at all times.   It is 32 oz and has a leak-proof wide mouth lid.  Nurses often forget to drink enough water during busy 12-hour shifts, but having this water bottle helps me stay hydrated.

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#9.  Nursing Work Bag

 

I have this crossbody bag, which is technically not a bag that is just for nurses.  But I love the design.  I use it to hold my nursing badge, stethoscope, water bottle, coffee mug, breast pump, pens, and all work-related paperwork that I need.

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#10.  Nurse Lunch Bag

 

Making my lunch everyday has several benefits.  I eat healthier, I don’t reach for junk that is in the break room because I pack my healthy snacks, and I save a lot of money.  I’m also a foodie, and hospital food just isn’t my cup of tea.  So I pack my lunch in my favorite lunch bag every evening before my shifts, and I’m good to go.

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#11.  Raptor Trauma Shears

 

The Raptor Shears look like a fancy pair of scissors.  But these functional and handy shears are 6 tools wrapped into one:

  • medical shears
  • strap cutter
  • ring cutter
  • ruler
  • oxygen tank wrench
  • carbide glass breaker

Many nurses I work with in the emergency room have the Raptor Shears and we use them frequently in emergency situations.  You can hook it to a belt or secure it using the pocket clip.   It also has a 25-year limited warranty and will last you throughout your nursing career or longer.  They also make a great nursing gift for a new graduate!

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#12.  Retractable Pen

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These retractable four-color pens are great in case you need something to stand out in your work notes.  Or use different colors for different patients when taking report.  These pens are also great for color-coding notes and flashcards for when you are studying for certifications!  I always have a few in my work bag and one on me while I am at work

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17 Fun And Unique Nurses Week Gifts Ideas

17 Fun And Unique Nurses Week Gifts Ideas

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National Nurses Week was started by the American Nurses Association 1993 to celebrate the 4 million hardworking nurses for their outstanding dedication to the profession.

Each May, there are seven days of opportunity for nurses to reflect on their patient care experiences and congratulate each other for all of their hard and selfless work.  Even more importantly, this is an excellent week for management to recognize nurse achievements and genuinely say, “thank you, nurses!”

National Nurses Week should be a time that many burned out and overworked nurses look forward to each year.

Unfortunately, though, this week often comes and goes with little to no recognition for hospital nurses.  On first thought, one might think that many hospital administrators just forget about Nurses Week altogether.

But there is usually a small bit of evidence that they do remember, but just don’t care to put much effort into it.  Often it is in the form of a cheap gift ordered in bulk – such as a plastic lunch pail with the hospital’s logo on it.  And if your hospital unit is really lucky, you might even win a drawing for a pizza party at lunchtime!  (I wish I were just sarcastic, but sadly I’m not).

It’s no secret that many nurses are usually not adequately celebrated during Nurses Week.

I’m not saying that hospitals need to throw outlandish parties with catered meals and champagne (although that would be nice!).  Or that we get a cash bonus or prize (also would be nice, but really, who are we kidding here?).

What I am saying is that many hospitals have an opportunity to do a much better job of acknowledging nurse’s selfless dedication to helping thousands of patients survive and thrive that year.  By recognizing our work in literally the absolute cheapest way possible, those basic 50 cent gifts with the hospital logo can be perceived as very condescending and self-promoting gifts, especially to nurses who are sacrificing so much to put others’ needs before their own.

In other words, instead of sending the message:  “thank you so much for working on the front lines of healthcare to ensure that our patients get the absolute best patient care they deserve.  You’re awesome!”  Its more like, “At some point this week, pick up your gift at the nurse’s office.”  The end.

Isn’t making nurses feel unappreciated the opposite purpose of Nurses Week?

Even worse, many nurses say that Nurses Week isn’t even acknowledged at their workplace.

So sad, but true.  The entire week goes by with not even a verbal “thank you for your service” or “we appreciate YOU, nurse.”  Nothing.

So, with National Nurse’s Week approaching, I wanted to make a list of relatively inexpensive yet fun nurses week gifts.  Because there is nothing worse than being ignored during a holiday that is supposed to celebrate the hard work and selfless dedication of nurses everywhere.

(And, by the way, nurse, you ARE awesome.  Thank you for your dedication and service.  The healthcare system would crumble without you!).

Fun and unique Nurses Week Gifts Ideas

17 Fun and Inexpensive Nurses Week Gift Ideas

I’m A Nurse. What’s Your Superpower? Stainless Steel Tumbler

Nurses Week gift idea: I'm a nurse what's you superpower? wine mug

I’m A Nurse. What’s Your Superpower? Stainless Steel Tumbler

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Insulated Nurse Lunch Tote Bag

Nurses Week gift: Insulated Nurse Lunch Tote Bag

Nurses Week gift: Insulated Nurse Lunch Tote Bag

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Nurse Necklace Handcrafted Angel-Wings Pendant

Nurses Week gift: Nurse Necklace Handcrafted Angel-Wings Pendant

Nurses Week gift: Nurse Necklace Handcrafted Angel-Wings Pendant

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Brain Specimen Coasters

Nurses Week Gift Idea: Brain Specimen Coasters

Nurses Week Gift Idea: Brain Specimen Coasters

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Large “Trauma Queen” Lunch Tote For Nurses

Nurses Week gift: Large "Trauma Queen" Lunch Tote For Nurses

Nurses Week gift: Large “Trauma Queen” Lunch Tote For Nurses

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Coloring Book For Nurses:  Sweary Midnight Edition

Nurses Week gift: Coloring Book For Nurses :  Sweary Midnight Edition

Nurses Week gift: Coloring Book For Nurses :  Sweary Midnight Edition

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Nurse Badge Reel Holder

Nurses Week gift idea: Nurse Badge Reel Holder

Nurses Week gift idea: Nurse Badge Reel Holder

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Compression Socks For Nurses

Nurses Week gift idea: Compression Socks For Nurses

Nurses Week gift idea: Compression Socks For Nurses

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“101 Blessing For Nurses” Cards

Nurses Week gift idea: "101 Blessing For Nurses" Cards

Nurses Week gift idea: “101 Blessing For Nurses” Cards

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“I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out”:  True Stories Of Becoming A Nurse

Nurses Week gift idea: "I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out":  True Stories Of Becoming A Nurse

Nurses Week gift idea:  True Stories Of Becoming A Nurse

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Nurse Emergency Treat Kits ( Pack Of 12)

Nurses Week Gift Idea: Nurse Emergency Treat Kits ( Pack Of 12)

Nurses Week Gift Idea: Nurse Emergency Treat Kits ( Pack Of 12)

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Keep Calm And Nurse On Water Bottle

Nurses Week gift idea: Keep Calm And Nurse On Water Bottle

Nurses Week gift idea: Keep Calm And Nurse On Water Bottle

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Nurse Lapel Silicone Watches (Pack Of 5)

Nurses Week Gift Idea: Nurse Lapel Silicone Watches (Pack Of 5)

Nurses Week Gift Idea: Nurse Lapel Silicone Watches (Pack Of 5)

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Chicken Soup For The Nurse’s Soul

Nurses Week gift idea: Chicken Soup For The Nurse's Soul

Nurses Week gift idea: Chicken Soup For The Nurse’s Soul

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Nurse Pride Coffee Mug

Nurses Week gift idea: Nurse Pride Coffee Mug

Nurses Week gift idea: Nurse Pride Coffee Mug

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Which nurses week gift ideas on this list are your favorite? Please leave a comment!

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5 Best Trauma Shears For Nurses (in 2021)

5 Best Trauma Shears For Nurses (in 2021)

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As a registered nurse who has worked all over the hospital taking care of emergency room, ICU, and telemetry patients,  I have seen it all and then some.  And I still see new things that shock me every day. This is why it is so important to be prepared with the right nurse supplies you need to be able to perform at your best.  And that includes having a quality pair of bandage scissors or trauma shears with you at all times.

I purchased a pair of cheaper white bandage scissors in nursing school and used them for my first few years as a neuroscience and stroke nurse.  They came in handy while removing IV’s, changing dressings on wounds, and opening difficult packaging.

A few years later, I invested in a good pair of trauma shears when I became an emergency room nurse.  Dull shears are not good in an emergency, and I wanted a great, non-disposable pair that performed well, especially while treating trauma patients.

The Best Trauma Shears And Bandage Scissors For Nurses 2019

Best Trauma Shears and Bandage Scissors For Nurses In 2021

Trauma shears vs. bandage scissors

Trauma shears are a type of scissors used by emergency medical personal such as ER nurses and first responders to quickly and safely cut clothing from injured people.

Trauma shear construction and durability enables them to cut through strong materials such as seat belts, leather, jeans, and even thin metal.  Also, the wide, blunt tip on the shears is designed to slide across the skin, minimizing the risk of injuring the patient while cutting clothing.   Trauma shears can also be used to cut bandages or open difficult packaging and come in handy during 12-hour shifts.

They usually consist of a handle with a metal blade, which is traditionally bent at about 150 degrees. This “lever arm” gives them an unusual appearance as compared to ordinary scissors.

Bandage scissors, otherwise known as bandage forceps, are very similar to trauma shears in that they are used for cutting.  They are generally slightly less “hefty” then trauma shears; however, they are still very durable, and a good quality pair can be used for many years of service.

Bandage scissors also come with a blunt tip on the bottom blade, which helps in cutting bandages without gouging the skin.  The blunt tip design of the scissor prevents accidental injury while making bandage removal very easy,

Price

Trauma shears and bandage scissors can range widely in price.  The costs can range from 15$ for an inexpensive pair of bandage shears to over $100 for a pair of engraved Raptor Shears.  In general bandage scissors cost less than trauma shears because trauma shears are more durable and have more functionality.

The best trauma shears & bandage scissors for nurses:

 

#1.  Raptor Shears

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Many nurses I work within the emergency room have the Raptor Shears, and we use them frequently in emergencies.  You can hook it to a belt or secure it using the pocket clip.    Also, the Raptor Shears have a 25-year limited warranty and will last through an entire medical career or longer.  This is a fantastic gift for new medical graduates.

These functional and handy shears are 6 tools wrapped into one:

  • Medical shears
  • Strap cutter
  • Ring cutter
  • Ruler
  • Oxygen tank wrench
  • Carbide glass breaker

More about the Raptor Shears:

  • Ready for anything: The Raptor features the necessary tools for medical professionals to handle emergency situations, as mentioned above. 
  • More functionality: The Raptor is equipped with six tools, including folding medical shears, a strap cutter, a ring cutter, a ruler, an oxygen tank wrench, and a carbide glass breaker.
  • Simple and secure: The specially-designed sheath allows you to carry your Raptor open or closed so you’re always prepared. 
  • Pocket clip: No belt on your scrubs? The pocket clip ensures it’ll never leave your side. Alternatively, attach your Raptor with the integrated lanyard hole.
  • They come with a 25-year warranty and are made in the USA.

 

#2.  Leatherman Raptor with Personalized Engraving

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This tool has all the same features as the regular Raptor Shears, but these can be engraved to make an extra special personalized gift for medical professionals.   Therefore, these make a fantastic gift for graduates, groomsmen or bridesmaids, and gifts for first responders, nurses, doctors, and other health care professionals.

Here are a few features of the Leatherman Raptor Shears with Personalized engraving:

  • Free personalization for groomsman, graduation, and gifts. 
  • A fantastic gift for any health care professional or 1st responder.
  • Free engraving. Letters and numbers only.
  • Engraved items are not returnable.

 

#3.  XShear 7.5” Black Titanium Trauma Shears

 

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The XShear titanium trauma shears are great for a paramedic, EMT, Nurse, or any other medical provider.  These are weighty, perform well over time, and are non-disposable.

A few features of the XSHEAR trauma shears (per the manufacturer):

  • Twice as thick as most trauma scissors and sharpened to a razor-sharp edge.
  • Black Titanium coating for sleek all-black appearance and superior durability.
  • Serrated lower blade for an added grip of material and exceptional cutting performance.
  • Durable plastic with slip-resistant, soft-touch inner rings.
  • Extra sturdy center bolt designed to not loosen over time.
  • Patented design features a curved tip and edge that is gentle for cutting near the skin.

 

#4.  Madison Supply Fluoride Coated Medical Scissors

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I wanted to include a few less expensive options on this list.  These trauma shears are a more affordable option as they are not titanium strength and do not have as many features as titanium shears.  However, they are durable and will perform over time for basic and practical purposes.

About this product:

  • 1-pack of black-handled, autoclavable, EMT Shears.
  • Fluoride-coated non-stick surface.
  • 7.5-inch long trauma shears.
  • Sharp edge and milled serrations for cutting.
  • Durable,high-impact plastic handles and stainless steel blades, premium quality, long-life medical scissors.

#5.  Fluoride Coated EMT Trauma Shears With Carabiner

 

 

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What I like about these trauma shears is that they have a carabiner that can easily be clipped to your waist and be within reach at all times.  As a result, it makes it much easier to keep handy.

More about this product:

  • Cuts fast and safely with professional-grade medical scissors.
  • Carabiner feature – the steel-reinforced carabiner can be easily clipped onto your waist and be within reach at all times.
  • Durable construction – surgical grade stainless steel
  • Available in black, blue, red and neon pink, and black.

 

 

Runs With Trauma Shears T-Shirt

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This is a funny shirt if you do have to run with trauma shears!  (As many ER nurses and other first responders do).  This shirt comes in men’s and women’s sizes in 5 different colors.  When paired with a great set of trauma shears, this combo would make such an excellent gift for a first responder, MD, nurse, or new graduate!

Conclusion

 

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