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6 Things Every Nurse Needs

If you have been a nurse for any length of time, you definitely have accumulated items that you routinely use for every shift. I have had some consistent items on my must-have shift list but have discovered some of the BEST products that have been a lifesaver in recent months. Let me put you on to 6 products that I feel every nurse should own.

Comrad’s cute and comfortable compression socks are a game changer for anyone who is standing for long periods of time! Hello healthcare workers!

There have been quite a few studies showing that compression socks should be worn in order to help prevent fatigue and blood clots.

Our body’s blood circulation also has a direct effect on keeping our immune systems strong, so these compression socks are something I value more than ever while working amidst a pandemic.

My personal favorite styles from Comrad are the Knee-High Striped Compression and the Knee-High Ombre Compression in Berry! I love how well they hold up after repetitive wearing and washing.

With the amazing health benefits that these compression socks bring, I have been conscious to wear them beyond my hospital shifts.

I started wearing them around the house post work-outs to aid in recovery and also wear them under my boots to horse- back ride.

I am grateful to have these socks to keep my feet from hurting while I'm taking care of my patients! I especially LOVE that I don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort with these socks.

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Quality scrubs make a statement. Comfy and flattering scrubs are a nonnegotiable for nurses in 2020! Barco provides nurses with exceptional value and quality control. I love their eco-friendly fabric that utilizes temperature-regulating technology to keep me incredibly comfortable while feeling cool and fresh throughout my shifts.

Barco’s Gray’s Anatomy Line are my absolute favorite! The feminine fit, custom tailored look, color array, and overall professional theme of their scrub lines have always attracted my eye which is why they have been my “GO TO” since day 1.

 Find a Barco store near you here! store-locator/

3. Sanita Clogs

The most essential part of our day as nurses are our footwear. Pair Comrad socks with stylish Sanitas for happy feet! If you are looking for the most comfortable and stylish shoe for work you need to try a pair of Sanitas, the original Danish clog.

Clogs have always been my choice of shoe with their easy slip-on, durable, and supportive style. As a brand new nurse I purchased my first pair of Sanitas clogs, fell in love, and still wear that original pair to this day.

Not only is the durability and comfort there, but the look that a clog offers is so classy and professional.

You can shop their latest styles here and use code NurseTori for 15% off your order!

4. Mouthwash!!

YES!! Mouthwash!! Masking up for 12-14 hour shifts has my skin breaking out like crazy even with my skincare product regime in full force!

The hottest tip right now to combat maskne is to rinse your mouth out with disinfecting mouthwash every couple of hours.

Exhaled bacteria through your mouth gets trapped under the mask and causes breakouts on the surrounding skin.

I wear the same mask most of the day so this tip has truly saved my skin.

I pour some mouthwash from my larger container at home into smaller, travel size bottles to carry with me in my workbag and car to use on the go.

Save your mask ear breakdown with a stylish headband! You can give your ears a rest by attaching your mask to the buttons on the sides of a cute headband instead. An L&D nurse at one of the hospitals I work at made me my first several button headbands and started my latest obsession.

I have always loved wearing headbands paired with a bun to keep stray hairs out of and away from my face while working, but now have been enjoying the utility of these specially designed headbands that give my ears a break. Pick a pattern that expresses your unique vibes!

Being an L.A. nurse myself, I love that MDF Stethoscopes are also Los Angeles based.

I have found MDF stethoscopes to provide optimal performance with premium, unparalleled sound.

These stethoscopes come in a multitude of beautiful metal and tubing colors for a variety of medical specialties.

That being said my absolute favorites for my position working in the NICU are their Pediatric and Cardiology stethoscopes in the rose gold and white tubing combination.

I get so many compliments on this sophisticated, sleek stethoscope!

View all of their styles here! products/stethoscope.

I hope you all enjoyed this little Nurse moment. These are all products & tips I use and believe in 10000%. Nothing but the best for the Tipster Family. Sending you all healthy happy vibes!

Tori Meskin BSN RNC-NIC. Nurse. Blogger. Podcaster. Tori has been a clinician since 2012, works in acute care/inpatient NICU & Pediatric settings in southern California. She is a blogger, podcaster, NICU & Pediatric Critical Care RN, Sponsored Capella University MSN student, a Barco Uniforms Ambassador & Brave beginnings Ambassador. She has obtained her National NICU Nurse Certification (RNC-NIC) & has previously worked as a travel nurse, pursuing bedside experiences in several NICU settings. Follow her as she shares her NICU journey married life & juggles work, school, content creation, & brings you top notch Tips & Tricks along the way. Find her at or

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