‘Nurses don’t wear stethoscopes’ – but here’s why you should
Stethoscopes are essential when performing respiratory assessment, yet most nurses do not wear this vital piece of equipment
When I joined the profession as a children’s nurse 20 years ago, wearing and appropriately using a stethoscope as a nurse was the norm – nay, expected.
I was looking after children with a variety of respiratory conditions, as well as other conditions, which would often call for a respiratory assessment. I was required to handover and feed back to nursing and medical staff on the progress of the children I cared for, including their respiratory status and progress.
Should wearing stethoscopes be the norm for nurses?
Since those early days, I have consistently worn and used a stethoscope as a