Does anybody remember when??............ - page 2

When I started my first nursing job-which was as a nursing assistant(before being certified was required), gloves were an unecessary expense.We used our bare hands to give bed baths, clean up vomit ,... Read More

  1. by   PJRNC2
    Also paraldehyde injections to treat DTs.
  2. by   Janet Barclay
    I hated those old chest tube set ups! Tonsillectomies got an overnight stay as did tubals, catracts and an assortment of other folks. A few months ago we were using glass thermometers as a bridge to disposbles (cause we can't clean the wall mounted ones adequately). We actually had to go around and inservice all the twenty somethings on how to shake them down and read them! By the way, how many did you break shaking them down, I should have mercury poisoning!
  3. by   canoehead
    I remember positional IVs with no pumps on the floor.
    Being the med nurse for the unit, finally getting all of them poured-no unit doses, and then dropping the whole tray as a student. I nearly cried.
    Also med nursing and having an anxiety attack in fear of mistaknly placing the wrong card behind the wrong med cup, whuch would mean the whole unit's meds were wrong.
    And the bedpan sterilizer on the floor having a nervous breakdown and spraying steam out over the dirty utility room.
    Also the clean utility doubling as a med room, and a treatment room, and a quiet room for grieving families. We didn't even think about visitors stealing the drugs or syringes at the time-go figure.
  4. by   fiestynurse
    Oh Yes, the good old days. NOT! I remember the crank beds, rubber sheets, having to mix all my meds, Glass thermometers, and glass IV bottles. I was a year out of school and a patient ripped her IV out and threw the glass bottle at me as I entered her room. Just missed my head and broke all over the place. She had just been told that her cancer was terminal, so of course I forgave her. I also remember giving the old people Qualudes to help them sleep. I still have that ugly pin striped A-line dress that I wore as a student nurse.
  5. by   sis
    Hi everyone! After reading all of the nursing history on this board. I'm very grateful for all of you guys who were back then. I have been nursing for 12 years now. I've seen changes but nothing like what came before.
  6. by   oramar
    I remember when having two patients crash on the same unit on the same shift was an event we talked about for months. When I left acute care a little over a year ago it was happening on a daily basis.
  7. by   ktwlpn
    In the days before air conditioning at a local L.T.C. they used these huge oscillating pedestal fans(imagine using them now on a dementia unit)A certain physician has become a legend there-as he sat at the desk(yes-the nurse stood and gave him her chair)his ill-fitting toupe attempted to take flight with every breeze from the fan...He had been dead at least 20 yrs before I worked there and as soon as the weather warms up someone tells the tale.Just imagine this guy-with his head down and his toupe flapping! Just slays me!
  8. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by feistynurse:
    <STRONG>Oh Yes, the good old days. NOT! I remember the crank beds, rubber sheets, having to mix all my meds, Glass thermometers, and glass IV bottles. I was a year out of school and a patient ripped her IV out and threw the glass bottle at me as I entered her room. Just missed my head and broke all over the place. She had just been told that her cancer was terminal, so of course I forgave her. I also remember giving the old people Qualudes to help them sleep. I still have that ugly pin striped A-line dress that I wore as a student nurse.</STRONG>

    Wow! I had forgotten about the Qualudes!

    Brownie
  9. by   Brownms46
    Anybody remember the things they used to used to get spec. gr with, that you sprung the thing in the urine? My memory is foggy, but this topic is bringing a lot of stuff back to me. I also remember spinning down our own crits in those thin glass tubes, in the nursery. I remember having to give babies narcan, d/t mothers who had twilight sleep.


    Brownie
  10. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by canoehead:
    <STRONG>I remember positional IVs with no pumps on the floor.
    Being the med nurse for the unit, finally getting all of them poured-no unit doses, and then dropping the whole tray as a student. I nearly cried.
    Also med nursing and having an anxiety attack in fear of mistaknly placing the wrong card behind the wrong med cup, whuch would mean the whole unit's meds were wrong.
    And the bedpan sterilizer on the floor having a nervous breakdown and spraying steam out over the dirty utility room.
    Also the clean utility doubling as a med room, and a treatment room, and a quiet room for grieving families. We didn't even think about visitors stealing the drugs or syringes at the time-go figure.</STRONG>

    OOh my goodness...the metal bedpan, and the sterilizer! Geeze...how could I have forgotten that thing!

    Brownie
  11. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by nurs4kids:
    <STRONG>Wonderful walk down memory lane!! I started in Central Supply back in '87 and many of the things you speak of were still being done then. We still autoclaved or gassed most everything. Although there were disposable syringes and needles, the trays still had glass and reusables. Talk about a bad job! We often had to dig through trays with needles, blades and body fluids before washing the instruments. This was right about the time the big AIDS scare started, so it was pretty scary (for minimum wage, might I add). I once got stuck with a towel clip from a tray that had been through the washer sterilizer, but at 18yrs old I thought my world was over. You couldn't have convinced me I didn't have AIDS. Thank God I didn't, and with a little common sense I would have known the risk was very low.

    Ok, didn't mean to ramble off subject. I have the utmost respect for those of you who paved the road for the rest of us. I get the feeling some of you think we are not justified in our unhappiness over current salaries. In my hospital, most of the nurses with 12+ years are at the top of the salary scale (as should be). Those of us who started around 6 or 7 years ago are within a dollar or so of minimum (due to compression). Sooooo, I agree it's probably alot easier than it was years ago, BUT we still have bills to pay like everyone else. Ya get my drift??

    [ May 27, 2001: Message edited by: nurs4kids ]</STRONG>
    nurs4kids,

    For me this is just a walk down memory lane, and great change from the other discussions on this BB. I had forgotten a lot of this stuff, but nice to remember it, and the times when I loved what I did!

    I feel that ALL healthcare workers are worth their weight in gold, and more! Much has changed, and yes my salary is much better now. But...it's not where it should be, considering the toll it has taken on my mind, and body! If anything I'm more stressed now, then I ever was back then! I thought nothing of doing double shifts back then. But now I don't even entertain the idea!

    Brownie
  12. by   nurs4kids
    We STILL have a doc who uses the one bottle chest drainage system. I actually like the one bottle (not much troubleshooting with it..lol). He's old as dirt and needs to retire(72yo surgeon!). All our beds are crank b/c it's peds and ^risk of injury with electric beds, sooooo i KNOW what you guys mean about letting the beds up and down.
  13. by   fiestynurse
    Remember when we use to give Brompton's Cocktails for cancer pain. It contained cocaine, methodone or morphine, and an antinausea med. It came in a big bottle and sat on the med cart. We didn't even lock it up! I swear someone was taking nips off that stuff, because we sure went through it awfully fast! I also remember those stupid specific gravity do-hickeys and metal bedpans! Oh this is fun!!

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