For today’s post, I am partnering with NurseWatches.com to review their product, which is a watch for nurses! This review is honest and of my own personal opinion.
A little that I have learned about the company in setting up this review…
They are a company out of Canada (yay Canadian nurses!) that was started in 2000. They added the online nurse watch division in 2012, which was inspired by a friend who was a student nurse, and it’s been doing really well since. They ship to both the US and Canada.
Their product allows nurses (and docs, RT’s, CNA’s, etc. etc.) to adhere to the Bare Below the Elbows Campaign. Click the link for more details about it! Basically, in the UK in 2008 (and Australia starting in 2010) the policy was changed so that nothing below the elbows is worn for health care works to allow more effective hand/wrist washing after patient care and potentially decrease hospital infection rates.
I tried out two different watches; one that glows in the dark and one that does not. Both were shipped with an extra battery (yay!). Something that I always look for in a watch is military time. And like a true nurse watch – these definitely had my military time on them! Woo hoo! I also like the silicon – very easy to clean (another nursey must). The dial actual comes out of the holder so you can thoroughly clean both the silicon and the dial.
The actual dial seems very sturdy as well. I didn’t try to break it or anything though! I noted that they come with a 2-year warranty and saw that they were made with a high-quality Japanese Quartz movement (per their website). You can see the dial very easily, with each second. I like how precise it is. When you are pushing medications and watching the time, it is very accurate and easy to read.
I used it at work a few times. Just an FYI, I’m not a huge watch person. Half the time I forget I have one on! But it was nice having my wrist free from restraint. [Insert soft wrist restraint nurse joke here]. There was no concern about me knocking my wrist on something and screwing up the dial (which I have definitely done before).
The glow in the dark dial is also pretty awesome for working in dark patient rooms at night. Again, the dial seemed to be pretty high quality and was easily read in the dark.
I do recommend this for nurses that like watches. Freeing up the wrist is really nice for the frequent hand washing and infection prevention purposes. It truly does allow you to wash your hands better. I like the sturdy dial and how easy the entire piece is to thoroughly clean. So nursey. The only downside I saw was that the clasp was not as sturdy as I had hoped it would be. I haven’t broken or bent it yet, but I could see myself easily doing so. While that is less than ideal, it’s not something that would deter me from utilizing the watch. And if I felt so inclined, I could purchase an alternate one on their website. Honestly, even if the clasp broke, I would just carry it in my pocket. It’s lightweight enough that I wouldn’t notice it. With a 2-year warranty, backup battery, and very sturdy dial, these watches seem like they would stand the test of time (Ha! #sorrynotsorry).
Watches start at $15.99, but you can get a 4 pack for $26.99. They do have some fancier ones that cost just a bit more. They come in a bunch of different colors and designs, as well as novelty ones that are not silicon. Many of the watches do have the glow in the dark option, which I highly recommended – even if you’re a day walker! It costs the same, so why not have the additional feature!?
Please click on their logo below to go directly to their site and check it out!
Are you a nurse from the UK or Australia? What do you think about the Bare Below the Elbows (BBE) policy? What do you think about a product like this? Does anyone out there already utilize this watch, and if so – what do you think?