In nursing school you will be taught auscultation, even though you are not qualified to make diagnoses- unless for NPs.
The stethoscope we recommend for nursing students is the Littmann Classic ii or 3M Littmann 2290 Select Stethoscope, for those on a budget .( However you can buy a stethoscope which you will be able to use when you become nurses).
Classic ii Product Features
Size: 28 inches | Color: Black
Features a tunable diaphragm (allows both low and high frequency sounds to be heard by alternating the pressure on the chestpiece)
“This is a good all-around stethescope for nursing use. It’s lightweight, has comfortable earpieces, and the sound is clear and easy to hear. Cheaper scopes are certainly available, but you’ll be using this for years — and this one certainly holds up for years…my sister has been using hers since 1986.“Click here to read rest of this customer review.
However if you are not on a budget , and want a stethoscope which you will also be able to use when you become a nurse, we still recommend ever popular, high regarded Littmann Cardi iii ( you can read the full review here) as it is the best quality, will last longer and one is able to hear many more sounds. It can also be used for both adults as well as for pediatrics.
For male nurses the Black Model Littman Cardi iii is good enough.
For lady nurses who don’t want to go with the drab black – there are options such as the Pink Model or the Raspberry Model. These color stethoscopes make for great conversation with patients and also enhance your fashion style.
Where to buy
We recommend buying the stethoscope at Amazon where they usually have the lowest prices. However we have listed all other vendors who have competitive prices below.Click here to see the best prices for the Littmann Classic.
“Like I said in the title this is a good durable stethoscope. It was the recommended one for nursing school when I started back in 1998 and I have had the same one since. It has worked well for me through school, working in several different units, and even survived the heat and humidity well when I took it to Indonesia three times. It has good acoustic quality.” “Click here to read rest of this customer review.