It all started, unexpectedly, with...literally, a pain in the neck! While working on a busy nursing unit, I suffered from neck pain and found that wearing my stethoscope around my neck aggravated the pain. I searched for a holster type product that would allow me to carry my stethoscope on my waistband or lab coat pocket. The only product that I could find was made to attach to a belt, not the thin material that nursing scrubs are made from. I tried it anyway. It didn't work. Every time I put my top heavy stethoscope into the holster it flipped forward and pulled the holster and stethoscope onto the floor. I was left to deal with my stethoscope the way that I always had; stuffing it in my already overstuffed pockets or leaving it on a table which resulted in loss.
My neck pain continued to get worse and I ended up home on a medical leave.That is when I decided to design a stethoscope holder that was constructed with springs so that it could securely attach anywhere onto the user's clothing or even a tote bag or medication cart. I also wanted the stethoscope holder to spring open for easy insertion of the stethoscope. A product was born!
The name of my company, Nurse Born Products was inspired by the awesome and amazingly innovative nurses that I have had the opportunity to work with. My logo the Lotus with an open heart around it represents the strength and caring qualities that nurses possess. My stethoscope holder was named after my logo.
Nurse Born Products and the Lotus Stethoscope Holder debuted in the fall of 2013. The Lotus is in several stores across the country. Orders have been received from as far away as Spain!
The Lotus Stethoscope Holder is the only stethoscope holder on the market that:
- Attaches anywhere onto your scrubs, pocket, waistband, tote bag or even the medication cart
- Holds your stethoscope in a variety of configurations
- Will not flip forward and onto the floor when your stethoscope is inserted into the holding area
- Has a large billboard area that is ideal for logo placement
- Easy to use
Featured in popular nursing magazines and blogs!
So far, the production of the Lotus Stethoscope Holder has been self funded. I am working with a reputable and supportive manufacturer. I have a steel mold and some inventory. I am trying to raise funds to improve my packaging so that it has a more professional appearance. The funds are also needed to purchase liability insurance.
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Sarah Mott, founder Nurse Born Products and the Lotus Stethoscope Holder
The Nurse Born Logo Pendant is still in development. Pictured below is the draft to give you an idea as to what the pendant will look like. The pendant is expected to be ready around February 25, 2015. A picture of the finished pendant will be added at that time.
Finished pendant is made from hammered sterling silver, the center lotus flower will swing and you may choose any color crystal to dangle from the bottom of the lotus flower (optional). The pendant hangs from a leather chain.
Risks and challenges
As a new business owner, every step of the journey has been a challenge. It is a constant learning experience. Setbacks are bound to occur and if they do the only way to handle them is head on! As a nurse I have been trained to deal with the unexpected and how to find resources needed to solve problems.
Besides refining the presentation of the Lotus Stethoscope Holder, I am working on the development of a sterling silver pendant that was inspired by my logo. It is my hope to sell the pendant to help raise funds for a charity that benefits nurses. I am also working on expanding my website to provide a more inclusive marketplace for nurses where they can showcase their products and services.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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