(Closed) Nursing/Nursing Student bee's I need your suggestions!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 4
3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I had a pair of nurse mates that I loved, otherwise I stick with New Balance shoes because I have really wide feet. Dansko’s are the popluar shoes right now, but I haven’t given because they are expensive and when I need new shoes I wear my old shoes for yard work shoes.

As far as stethoscopes go I have always stuck with Littman. They are the gold standard and come in a variety of prices. Good luck!

Post # 6
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Danskos come in white. They are expensive but worth it- I’ve had my work pair for 2 years now. 

As for stethoscopes, Litmann Classic 2 SE is the gold standard for cheaper stethoscopes. You can have your bell engraved… I highly recommend it. My stethoscope has been reunited with me so many times because my name is on it! 

Post # 7
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

OK, so they’re not inexpensive by any means, but a Littmann‘s stethescope will last you FOREVER, and they’re the best ones in the business. You need a good stethescope to assess patients properly.

For shoes, if you have a Mark’s Work Wearhouse or similar in your area (the type of place that sells clothes for professions; i.e. they have coveralls, steel-toed boots, scrubs, nursing shoes, and business casual wear), they will have loads of brands to choose from for comfortable nursing shoes. : )

ETA: Apparently Littmann does have some cheaper stethescopes (under $100), so I would definitely reccomend them!

Post # 8
1528 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

littmann stethoscopes for sure!

I wear easy spirit white shoes, extremely comfy and light 🙂

Post # 9
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Garden outside our church

Though I’m not in nursing school, I second the Littmann and Daskos. I have the Cardiology III, and we were able to get it engraved with my name for free, something which has proven invaluable. As for the Danskos, they’re really comfortable after your feet form them, which is rather a painful process. I nearly cried everytime I put them on for the first six months I had mine, but now I’m so much less tired after wearing them as opposed to athletic shoes.


Post # 10
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

Another wide footed nurse, here and I only wear New Balance walkers. NurseMates were not comfortable for me. After 1 pr, I never bought another.

When I buy my New Balance, I get 2 pair, and alternate them. Thry need to dry out completely from sweaty feet. Makes them last much longer.

And, I also second the Littman stethoscope. Mine last for yrs.

The only thing I would caution is get a lightweight stethoscope (as a matter of fact, I have the Littman Lightweight). That thing hanging around your neck all day gets to be a pain (literally).

Congrats & good luck!

Post # 12
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@kybride– my Littman lightweight ALWAYS slips off my neck… do you have this problem? 

Post # 14
726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mmr66:  I have new balance tennis shoes and while they worked for a good 6 months, they didn’t work any longer than that and they KILL my feet. So, definitely don’t go that route. It may be the type of new balance I got but from what I hear its better to go with shoes from the nursing store. 

I also suggest a littman stethoscope! That’s actually one of only 2 models my school lets you buy. The other is an MDF. I don’t have any experience with that brand, but the Littman is awesome!

Congrats on getting into nursing school!

Post # 15
835 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Littman for a stethoscope all day. And I liked new balance when I was a staff/floor nurse. Make sure your school doesn’t require non permeable shoes because some shoes are permeable.

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