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‘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

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

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