Best Stethoscope for Nurses

Anyone who has worked as a registered nurse for a couple of years will know just how important a stethoscope is when dealing with a patient. Conventional wisdom says that a nurse does not need an expensive or high quality stethoscope since their decisions are always double checked by a physician. But in reality that statement could not be further from the truth. There are many instances where a nurse has to make life and death decisions for their patient. Also, there are many instances where the nurse earns the trust of the doctor he or she is working with, and the doctor begins to trust the nurse’s decisions implicitly. The quality of the stethoscope is even more important if you are student nurse and are just now learning how to use one. So we have looked at all the products on the market so that we could give you an idea of what is the best stethoscope for nurses available in 2014 on the market and we came up with several products that we think you are going to enjoy.

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3M Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope, Black Tube, 27 inch, 3128
4.7 / 5$$$Click Here!

3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope, Black Tube, 28 inch, 2450
4.4 / 5$$Click Here!

Prestige Medical Clinical I Stethoscope, Hot Pink
4.0 / 5$Click Here!

3M Littmann Classic II S.E. Stethoscope, Black Tube, 28 inch, 2201
4.7 / 5$$Click Here!

3M Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope

3M Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope
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Our first choice, whether you are a student or a practicing nurse is the 3M Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope. The Littmann, or 3M as they are known in Europe, is the most reputable stethoscope company in the world and you will find that any medical practitioner has used or is currently using a Litmann stethoscope and there are several good reasons why they do so.

However, before going into the details of why we believe the Littmann Cardiology III is the best stethoscope you could use let us first state that we know it is also one of the more expensive stethoscopes on the market today. We are actually going to suggest a budget friendly stethoscope a little further down the line. If you are a student nurse, though, you may want to read through the few paragraphs we have dedicated to the Littmann because we are going to highlight the parts of a stethoscope that are essential for a good auscultation as we discuss the advantages of the Cardiology III.

The Cardiology III is a stethoscope designed with a dual sided, double diaphragm chest piece. The advantages of using a dual sided chest piece are that you can use the same stethoscope for small children and for adults, and you can be sure that the chest piece will fit them perfectly. The advantage of the double diaphragm is that by simply changing the pressure you apply to the chest piece in contact with the patient you can focus on either the low or high frequency sounds. What is even more impressive is the fact that you can take off the diaphragm on the small side and replace it with the included, non chill bell sleeve so that you can capture even the slightest low frequency.

The other important part of a stethoscope, which most reviews forget to mention, is the headset. It is so interesting that, when buying a headset for music people pay close attention to how effective the noise cancellation effect of the earpieces is but not when they buy a stethoscope. Still, the Littmann is truly exceptional in that regard because of their patented Soft-Sealing Eartips technology. That is not to say the same effect has not been achieved by a slightly different technology by other companies too, but simply that they have really invested a lot in developing an excellent ear tip technology for their stethoscopes.

The Best Affordable Stethoscopes for Nurses

3M Littmann Lightweight II Stethoscope

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We promised you that we would also get to talking about a few affordable stethoscopes for nurses, and here we are going to touch on two stethoscopes. On the one hand there is the Littmann Lightweight II stethoscope and there is the Prestige Medical stethoscope. In terms of price the Littmann is still somewhat more expensive than the Prestige, but we decided it was worth mentioning simply because it is a very light, easy to use stethoscope, that provides the type of clarity and accuracy you would expect from a 3M Littmann product.

Prestige Medical Stethoscope
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The Prestige Medical stethoscope, on the other hand, is much cheaper than the Littmann Lightweight and, yet, it is one of their top of the range stethoscopes. As such, it looks every bit as professional as any Littmann stethoscope and you get to choose what color you would like it in. Furthermore, it uses good quality self sealing ear tips and both adult and children size chest pieces. It is the perfect companion for an ambulance nurse because it has a double tube, sturdy construction that has a life time warranty. So, as much as we love Littmann products, if you are looking for an affordable stethoscope, than the Prestige Medical is the one we would recommend.

The Best Bang for Your Buck

3M Littmann Classic II Stethoscope

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If you have some form of financial backing from the institution where you learn or work, then the best stethoscope for nurses that we recommend you to get is the Littmann Cardiology III. If, however, you need to buy the cheapest stethoscope on the market that also still delivers an excellent level of quality then you will need to go for the Prestige Medical.

However, you are looking for something in the middle, something that will not break the bank, but that will also deliver a high level of accuracy and precision than we would advise you to try the Littmann Classic II stethoscope. It comes with that wonderfully functional two sided chest piece and the patented noise cancelation ear pieces that were a trademark of the 3M Littmann Cardiology III stethoscope, but it is made from lighter materials and therefore it is much more affordable.

Dr. Andi Neeson is a long time medical practitioner with years of medical practice and teaching under his belt and the owner of