to my more experienced cardiac nurses---what was cardiac nursing like 'back in the day'...now this can be as far back as the 1980's or 1960's.. im so curious to hear what the difference was back then compared to today.
i used to hear that cards nurses liked 'clean patients' and were really rigorously trained beyond standard bedside care..
my cardiac experience has been such a hodge podge it's hard to tell a true cards patient from just a walking list of co-morbidities... meaning we get many patients admitted for something unrelated to cardiac but they 'have a cardiac history' so they come to our floor.
In my cardiac rotation in nursing school in the early '80s, MI clients stayed in the hospital, on strict bedrest, for weeks
. Not only did they get bedbaths every day, at our hospital there was a special protocol
for the bedbath (the cardiac bedbath), to avoid them getting chilled or too warm (even more so than with an ordinary bedbath), and the unit was kept especially quiet to avoid startling or over-stressing the clients -- we all tiptoed around, whispering. (The clinical rotation really impressed upon me that I did NOT want to work in cardiac nursing ...
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