Whether you are a student, a doctor, a PA, an EMT or a nurse, you need the best quality stethoscope that you can afford. Why? Because not only (in the case of a student) might your grades depend upon your ability to hear your patients’ chest sounds with accuracy, but also because your patents’ lives just might depend upon your reception of clear and audible information! Simply put, all health care professionals should consider their purchase of a stethoscope with care as it is one of the most essential (and will be one of the most frequently used) pieces of equipment they will ever buy.
Although there are a number of inexpensive stethoscopes on the market, most professionals opt for one of the Littmann family of stethoscopes. Depending upon your role within the medical profession, one of the following stethoscopes is sure to fit your needs. Keep in mind that the best stethoscope for nurses is the one that fits the requirements of your particular job the best.
Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope — This lightweight stethoscope is good for those who take blood pressure on a regular basis, and for general purpose nursing. It enables the user to clearly hear BP and lung function. The ear pieces are comfortable and seal out ambient noises. The chest piece switches from diaphragm to bell mode according to the amount of pressure it receives. Some people report difficulty in hearing apical pulses in some overweight persons with this scope.