I've always pointed at my bulging scrub pockets and said, "Well, nurses have to carry their offices with them." That was all just lightweight sillness, I now know. Now for my job I will have to cover a CAMPUS, and it took about one day of walking all the way across it multiple times because once I got where I was going I had "since you was" visits. "'Since you was' here, I need someone to look in this kid's ear/apply a Band-Aid/give Motrin for a headache." You can at least call the nurse still in the lair and see if there are orders for same, but if it's not on you, there's nothing for it but a walk there and back again.
The evening nurses came in and busted out those cinch-sack backpacks and started loading them up with Band-Aids, standing PRN orders, otoscopes, and all kinds of stuff and at first I thought, "Holy cow. Nothing like being overprepared." Now I'm planning to fill one of my small TimbukTu bags as a little local travel bag. I'm all for getting my daily steps in, but there is a limit. I'm seriously considering ordering my own pediatric pulse-ox and blood pressure cuff because there are no vitals carts, and I am old-school enough to think assessing any patient includes vital signs. Because they're important. They have all that stuff, but I don't think I'll be as conscientious if I don't have it with me all the time. The stuff is not going to break the bank.
This is a job where cargo pants just aren't going to cut the mustard.