I was joking before about carrying my office with me

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.