During rotations, I am always on the run and have to carry a lot of things with me. Since undergrad, I have always trusted in a large Longchamp Le Pilage tote. While backpacks were more suitable for me during pharmacy school because of my large books and a laptop, rotations is a whole new breed. I also did not like the idea of being dressed up in professional clothes and wearing a backpack. It had an awkward image of a missionary on a bike, and that is not me.
1) My white coat–It seems weird, but that is what I have to wear every day!
2) My stethoscope–My boyfriend actually got this for me for my last birthday. It’s a Littman, which is the Cadillac of stethoscope, and my initials are even on it! I bring it with me because I do NOT share stethoscopes. I have seen what is in other people’s ears, so I am not putting them in mine.
3) Hand sanitizer and Hand lotion–So many germs around me where I am, hand sani is a must! But it also dries out your hands if you use it too frequently, so I follow up with some hand creme
4) clipboard–I’m asked to look up questions about medications, so to keep them all straight, I carry my clipboard and write them down. In addition to these questions, its great for taking notes about things I was not aware of, and also for making and keeping a to-do list.
5) Ibuprofen, or some other form of headache/pain medication– I get really bad headaches some days where I have to get up early and run around a whole lot. Feeling ill does not really count as an excuse anymore, so keeping up physically and mentally is very important.
6) Gum– I have to talk to patients, doctors, and nurses all day. I’m always very paranoid of having bad breath, so keeping gum around helps.
7) iPhone–my phone has a lot of important drug references that I can use on the go, and when I am put on the spot to answer drug questions. It is very important, however, that I use it for just that in a professional environment. Texting, or using other apps, can land me in some hot water.
8) Planner–I have a lot of important deadline for assignments, combined with my schedule for work. Being at home, I also have plans to meet up with friends from high school. My planner just helps me organize my life, as rotations are very chaotic.
9) iPad–Unlike a laptop, an iPad is very lightweight and I am able to use the same drug references, just on a larger and more manageable scale. I can also use some laptop-lite functions like browsing websites during my lunch break.
10) ID case and wallet–I have to keep my ID on me at all times, and in case I need to run to the cafeteria for a quick snack or a coffee refill, I keep my credit card in there on me as well. My wallet holds the remainder of my important cards.
11) I need a pen at all times with me. I really do have a liking to this Lilly pen. It has a good weight to it to keep balance while I am feverishly writing notes. Also, I bet no one else has this pen. So when someone takes it, I’LL KNOW!
This bag can get very heavy so it is very important to protect my back while I carry it. What random things are in your bag?