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Style, Comfort, and Durability: What are the Best Nursing Accessories?

  • Who says you have to compromise your style or comfort to rock the best nursing accessories?!
  • From scrubs and badge reels to work bags, we’ve got you covered!
  • Check out Nursing CE Central for the scoop on our favorite nursing accessories! You won’t regret it!
Morgan Curry, RN/BSN

Morgan Curry, BSN / RN

Intensive Care, Outpatient Surgery, Aesthetics, Education, and Nursing Leadership

June 24, 2021
Simmons University


Are you wanting to up your nursing style? Maybe you’re changing jobs or moving into a new role and need a restart?  

Whatever the case may be, I’ve got you covered with the must-have, best nursing accessories! 


A stethoscope is one of the most classic and useful nursing accessories you can have. It is essential that you take your time and find the one that is perfect for you and your nursing field. U.S.A. Medical and Surgical Supplies highlights the top 10 factors to consider when searching for a stethoscope.  

  1. High-Quality Acoustics
  2. Good Fit for Medical Specialty
  3. Tunable Chest Pieces
  4. Easy to Clean
  5. Flexible Diaphragm
  6. Durable Materials
  7. Comfort and Ease of Use
  8. Versatility
  9. Cost
  10. Personal Preference

Now that you know what to look for, are you interested in what some of the best brands are?  

Of course you are, check out our “Best Nursing Stethoscopes“ blog, and we’ll give you all the details! 



This is a given.

Whether your facility or practice has already given you a couple of pairs or not, make sure that you take the time to find extra scrubs that are comfortable on you, as you will be wearing them for several hours each day.

It is safe to say that a great pair of scrubs can wind up being one of the most expensive nursing accessories that you own, but quality, comfort, and durability are everything.  

As you may know, every hospital is different in its uniform requirements. Most hospitals require solid colors to be worn on scrubs, and some also require specific colors. Once you find out what your facility requires, check out some of my favorites scrub brands: 


Board-certified podiatrists at the Cincinnati Foot & Ankle Care clinic highlight several holistic health benefits of wearing supportive, comfortable shoes for long periods of time, take a look! 

  • Keeps your body aligned properly 
  • Provides relief from body pain 
  • Protects against ankle and foot issues 
  • Improves performance 

Some of my favorite shoes to wear are HOKA, ASICS, On, and the ole tried and true, Dansko 


Smartwatches and Activity Trackers

Smartwatches are a great way to keep up with your daily steps, heart rate, and so much more; not to mention, it allows you the chance to leave your phone in your work bag and not have to worry about it! 

I have had my Apple Watch: Series 4 for several years, and I love it! It is durable, waterproof, and stays charged all day. If you have the chance to get your hands on one, I strongly recommend it! It also comes with interchangeable bands.

A few other popular smartwatches and fitness trackers are Fitbit and the Samsung Smartwatch!

Badge Reels

As mentioned in our “Nursing Graduation Gifts: What’s The Best for Your New Grad?” blog, we covered how a creative, fun, and unique badge reel can add a touch of your personality and interests into your daily look! 

When I was working in the ICU, I would always find my reels on Etsy; they make them personalized with your name, favorite color, specialty and more!   

Remember, a badge reel is just another way to let your personality shine!  



A good work bag is not only one of the best nursing accessories, but also a nursing necessity! 

It’s the holder of all things; your lunch, water bottle, planner, snacks, pens, highlighters, sharpies, penlights, stethoscopes, gum, the random flyer from your staff meeting two years ago…you know, the essentials.  

Here are some of my favorite bags that I recommend you check out: 

I hope your wish list is filling up with all of these amazing nursing accessories! Remember, you never have to compromise your style or comfort for a durable product!

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