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What is a Nurse Fob Watch?
A nurse fob watch is a watch that can be attached to the pocket of a nurse's scrubs or uniform, using a clip or pin. These timepieces are used by healthcare professionals who work in sterile environments. Nurse watches have their dial positioned to hang upside down on the nurse's chest or pocket using a stainless steel or silicone band, allowing the owner to easily read the time without having to handle it. Nurse watches are designed with a second hand to measure a patient's pulse.
Why do nurses choose to wear Fob Watches?
Nurse watches help with infection control. Fob watches are great for nurses because they don’t come into contact with anything except the uniform they are pinned onto. Nurse fob watches that can be worn up high, pinned securely onto the pocket of a nurse’s uniform and far away from the action are a popular choice for infection control. It is common practice for nurses to not wear a watch or any jewellery below the elbow. Wrist watches and bracelets are worn close to your hands and therefore can easily transfer unwanted bacteria.
A guide to finding the best Nurse Watch
Whether you’re looking for the best nurse watch for a gift or for yourself, make sure it has all the right features needed to do the job. Here are some things to consider:
Interchangeable Fob Watches
The best fob watches can also be transformed into wristwatches when off-duty. These dual function nurse watches can be used for both work and play, and can be carried with you throughout the day.
Nurse watches with a second hand
Nurse watches with a second hand are really important for measuring a patient’s pulse or blood pressure. Find a watch that will be easy for a nurse to read the second hand easily and accurately.
A clear and easy-to-read dial
Nurses find it helpful to use a watch that has contrasting colours on their fob watch dial so it makes it easier to read the time. Having a minimalist dial with only the bare essentials is also desirable.
A clear and easy-to-read dial doesn’t only refer to the dial design. Scratches on the glass of a dial can get in the way of clearly reading the time and cause you to clean and touch the watch more than usual, impacting hygiene and infection control. So look out for scratch resistant fob watches to keep time-keeping crystal clear. Sapphire glass is a premium grade glass that is used in high quality, luxury fob watches as it is almost twice as hard as standard glass. So if having a tough and highly scratch resistant nurse watch is a high priority, look for sapphire scratch resistant dials.
A Nurse watch that has a date function
With their busy schedules, little details like having a fob watch with a date window makes it easier for nurses and health professionals to update patients' health records.
Water-resistant Nurse Watches
Nurses and healthcare professionals work in all sorts of different environments. Something to consider is whether or not their jobs may result in their fob watch coming into contact with water. Find a watch that has an appropriate water resistance rating.
Fob watches make the best gift for nurses
Fob watches come in a range of unique styles and colours making it both a practical and beautiful accessory nurses wear every single day. Whether it’s for a graduation gift for a new nurse, a birthday present for a friend, or maybe your partner is a nurse and your anniversary is coming up - nurse fob watches make a truly special gift.
Add a personal touch to selecting your gift
When you’re choosing a fob watch as a gift for a nurse, show them how well you know them by selecting the best colour to suit their personality. Are they best suited to turquoise - calm but creative, or perhaps scarlet - passionate and courageous? Read all of our colour meanings
Rose Gold Nurse Watches
Nurse watches in rose gold have been emerging over the recent years as a new age, modern nurse fob watch. Rose gold nurse fob watches maintain elegance and style when paired up to complement bright and bold colours. The subtlety of a rose gold nurse fob watch allows you to still choose gold (if you prefer gold over silver) and be able to show off your personality with your favourite coloured dial.
Silver Nurse Watches
If you’re looking for a traditional fob watch style, look at selecting a silver nurse watch. A silver casing offers a clean-cut border around the fob watch, contrasting nicely against nurse uniforms. Silver nurse fob watches are the most commonly made fob watches and there are always new, fresh designs emerging.