4 funny ways to use work supplies at home

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Everybody knows the trick of putting a bag of IV fluids on either side of a patient’s head when you’re not sure if he has a neck injury. What about the everyday things we use that could help propel us from Boring Nursing Scrubs into Lady Gaga Territory?

1. Have you got a kid who’s been given the role of a Pilgrim in the Thanksgiving play? Try making your own Pilgrim hat out of a urine hat! For the traditional take on Pilgrim attire, you could spray-paint the hat black, then use a silver paint pen to sketch a buckle on the front. For a more postmodern feel, try wearing the hat as is, in white, with buckle and belt colors limited only by your imagination.

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Agatha Lellis

Agatha Lellis is a nurse whose coffee is brought to her every morning by a chipmunk. Bluebirds help her to dress, and small woodland creatures sing her to sleep each night. She writes a monthly advice column, "Ask Aunt Agatha," here on Scrubs; you can send her questions to be answered at askauntieaggie@gmail.com.

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7 Responses to 4 funny ways to use work supplies at home

  1. Roxy D RN

    Tourniquets are great for opening jars & bottles.

  2. ChristiGrace

    Cute ideas but some people may take your humor and get into trouble…where I come from, bringing home hospital/office supplies is considered stealing and is not only grounds for dismissal but possible legal action. These ideas are great for a chuckle but please don’t try them at home! 😀

  3. cadawasp

    I have a friend who used a foley to hold her tailpipe in place. It was in her trunk since we were doing homecare.

  4. OnceanRN

    For years we hooked up an old IV bag behind our Christmas tree. A great, easy no-bending- solution to keeping the tree alive.

  5. AmandaC

    I like to use the barrier wipes (Cavilon wipes) in the back of my heels to prevent blisters, and when that isn’t cutting it, Tegaderm also works.

  6. Marcrn50

    An IV hooked to a flush syringe makes a great Turkey buster.

  7. voodoogoddess

    I used a worn gown that was going to be thrown away anyway, an empty saline bag, new IV tubing, an IV start kit, non-skid socks, watered down red paint, and red drink mix.

    The gown got decorated with “blood splatters” and “bloody handprints”

    Filled the saline bag up with water and wild cherry drink mix and was attached cross-body and under the arm. Attached the main tubing keeping it secured close to body to stay hidden.

    Melted the IV catheter to close it off and attached it to the person using IV lock and tape. Attached a piggyback tubing and another short piece of tubing.

    The result was that the person looked like a patient receiving fluids when they turned zombie. IV tubing connected to the piggyback looked severed, the red fluid hidden in the gown looked like blood. With the IV catheter tip blocked off it looked like the “zombie” looked like there was blood running out of the body and into the severed tubing. With the bag under the arm, the person could make the liquid squirt or just drip!

    With makeup it was a completely awesome costume!